What’s Working This Week

When the weather goes bad, my day job takes all my time. No early morning writing sessions at the coffee shop. I’m on someone else’s clock from 4a.m. on. And on, and on. 7pm some nights. Barely time to sleep, eat a decent meal, and launder underwear on that schedule.   So, writing and other…

Crunched By Time

Feels like I have no time for anything lately, and I’m batty because of it. I hate living life on the superficial level, skating through and skimming over. Being consistently late to everything. Consuming at least one meal behind the steering wheel, substituting coffee and B-6 for sleep, watercooler chit-chat for following the news and…

This Baptism Needs a Swordfight

Ah, January in Minnesota. Hardly any degrees outside, and sunlight for approximately eight minutes a day. The Christmas candy is gone, and my laptop is on the fritz. All the books I received for Christmas are Serious Business Indeed™ and while someday I will be nose-deep and not-to-be-disturbed into a history of the Ukraine. These…

Hope, Dreams and the Start of Things

Seeing lots of posts dunking on New Year’s Resolutions, and as much as I love snarking on stuff, this time I am saying, “No!”   The last thing we need after a year like 2018 is more being shat upon. No more dreams crushed, no more voices squelched, no more ideas snuffed. Creative work has…

Stardust and Lint

  Here’s the thing. I write, mostly, second-word fantasy. Created-by-me worlds and societies that both reflect our commonalities, and showcase all sorts of other possibilities. Yes, my creative ego is soothed only by controlling everything from the story to the world that hosts the story to the history that lead to the story. Elbow-deep in…

NaNo is for plot, the rest of the year is for craft

Okay. Not Really. But coming off the big push of NaNo and cold-plunging straight into December’s busyness, sometimes time + brain power to write gets in short supply. It takes some re-adjusting to go back to the daily grind, and to feel productive in that realm.   For the next few weeks, writing is going…

Back in the Black Friday

Okay, not an entirely truthful title—I’ve been ahead of par for NaNo all month—but one that a) describes to a T my usual NaNo route, and b) too pleasing to me not to use.   Yes, ahead of par all month. First time in seven years of NaNo-ing. I super emoji-heart my not-outline method I…

Day 7 and I Promised an Update

Pt 2. Day 7. I’m 21,000 words in. Experiencing casualty in my plotting, character motivation, and subplots. Going balls out on the thematic understory. Yeah, I’m plowing straight and harvesting Big NaNo this year. The not-outline, scene list works for me. Guideposts without any quality expectations. No transition or what’s next slow-downs. Yeah, I’m going…

NaNoWriMo: Day 3

Each NaNo I try something new. Sometimes a new genre, sometimes with a self-imposed rule like writing without using to-be, sometimes something I just don’t wanna write to see if I can make a go of it. This year, I wanted to try something that will benefit my writing all year long. I thought long…

Ultimate Pantsing

NaNoWriMo approaches, and as usual I am totally unprepared. Unlike my ordinary, everyday state of unpreparedness, my NaNoWriMo unpreparedness is on purpose. With my writing, I am quasi-perfectionist. I can’t call myself a perfectionist in good conscience because my writing is never perfect. Oh, but I try. I will dilly with word choice, and dally…