Hooey – Lupulin Brewing

Stopped in at my local to try to find a bottle of Southern Tier’s Creme Brulee, because yum. Of course they were out, because this just isn’t my season for finding the beer I want. So, since they didn’t have my beer, I obviously left empty handed, right? Wrong. Reader, I spent $198. I went…

The End is Nigh…

Oh, thank fecking Gawd, the end is nigh. This is the first NaNoWriMo ever that I have managed to stay on par the entire time. I’ve taken it down to the wire on many, many nights, but I always manage to eeek above par by 11:59. I didn’t finish last year – life – and…

Midway…

Tomorrow is the midway point to NaNoWriMo. Halfway through November. Halfway done. 25000 words, in the bag. You’re writing, hopefully, frantically probably, ignoring all the rules of grammar and most of the rules of spelling, in order to get the words out as quickly as possible. Your document is full of the red and blue…

NaNoWriMo… And go!

It’s day two of NaNoWriMo. Laurel and I are camped out in the lobby of our JumpStart hotel with two members of our Tickled Ink writing groups. Words are happening, people. Words are happening. I crossed 6000 a bit ago and I’m hoping to cross 11000 before bed tonight. We’ll see. A few quick notes…

I fell in love

With a novel idea. I woke up in the middle of the night, from a dream, scribbling notes on my arm because I couldn’t find my trusty notebook in the dark. The idea percolated for almost two years before I decided to do it for NaNo this year. I’ve been researching, and backstorying, and dreaming,…

Lurking in Corners

I’m in that blissfully happy stage of planning my WIP where I get to bury myself in research. Normandy in 905? On it. Norse hierarchy? Yep, that too. But just outside this little happy corner of planning lurks the little monster we all know and fear – Distraction. “I have to check what year Leif…

Write what you know, or know what you write?

There’s one piece of advice that has been passed around for so long I feel like anyone who’s sneezed in the direction of wanting to write has heard it: ‘Write what you know.’ It’s good advice, on the surface. I’m going to go out on a branch here and guess that Diana Gabaldon has never…

Break time

I think… I’m taking a break from Malarkey – from the entire Shenanigans universe, actually. Why? I’m just not in love with it anymore. I think it’s the stress of realizing just how broken it is was and the slog of fixing it. I’m at that ugly point where nothing about the story is rewarding…

NaNo 2018

Is anyone else already thinking about NaNo? A little? I feel like even though NaNo is technically thirty days, it creeps into my thoughts for roughly six months of the year. There are three or so months of ‘planning’ – tossing around random ideas that would work for a NaNo novel. The months of, “Haha, you…

BCBS ’14-’17 Vertical Review

There’s a tiny, little, completely amazing BBQ joint not too far from my house that also has an amazing beer line up – and in my neck of the woods, that’s really exciting, because I often can’t find a beer I’ll drink on a restaurant menu. Anyhow. A while back, they hosted a special event…