Too many hobbies…

I write. Obviously. (Please tell me someone else said that in Snape’s voice.) I also antique. And I refinish furniture. And I make jewelry. And tea towels. And can coolers. And headbands. And bookmarks. And keychains. You guys get the theme. I sell things on commission in a brick and mortar shop near my house…

Starting fresh

New year, new novel, new doc. No new computer though. Last August, I decided I needed a break from Malarkey.    I spent September and October plotting what I was convinced would be my NaNo novel, but it turned out to be too complex – for me – to write for NaNo. I’m sure plenty of…

The Muddles

It’s the muddles of December. December has been gentler to me this year, than in years past. Usually, I spend most of December a puddle of goo which has been drained of both vocabulary and tears by a ruthless November. This year, I finished NaNo two days early. That hasn’t happened for me in years….

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…