The Trouble with NaNo

Nope, not bashing NaNo. Just talking writing process, and how mine doesn’t align well with NaNo. Your mileage is welcome to vary. Each year I participate in NaNo mainly for the comradery. With a secondary of amassing a big old pile of words. Notice I said big old pile, and not exquisite or swoon-worthy or…

The Lead In

As NaNo approaches, it never fails that I feel one of two ways – fully prepared and ready to go, or like a flaily, melting puddle of goo. Most years, I have no idea what led to me feeling which way – I’ll have only the most vague idea of a plot on October 28th,…

NaNo Approaches

And so I prepare. Mostly by shoveling down books and binging Netflix. Last chance to experience stories other than mine until December. I read some in November, but the lesser amount combined with the word dump of doing a first draft in a month, makes for a blank brain.   In October, I make a…

Bummed Out

This fall has brought me a bountiful harvest of rejections. Creative works, day job hunting, even my Ebay sales took a header. No one wants what I got to offer.   It happens. I’ve learned to try try-again. Send the story to the next market, send my resume to the next the non-profit, and snap…

5 Places to Nano – and How to be Kind

Before you start deciding where you want to go to NaNo, you need to consider what you need from the place you’re going to NaNo. For me, I need food and drinks – I prefer the convenience of purchasing something there vs bring something with me, wifi – updating my word count as I go…

Refilling the Creative Well

Last post, I raved about reading outside of preferred genres boosts creativity. Today, I’m going talk beloved medias. These are the stories, songs, movies, pieces of artwork that are 100% you. Like, the creator decided to tailor everything exactly to you, exclude stuff you don’t and managed to tell the work in a way that…

Brew Review – All Pints North

If you’ve ever been to a beer fest, you know how it goes – you go in with the intentions of trying as many beers as possible and yet, two hours in, you can barely figure out where your phone is, much less remember to take photos of the beer. Then you decide to sit…

Small Victories Friday

I am editing Shenanigans for probably the seventh or eighth ( and hopefully final) time – and I don’t mean seven or eight drafts. I edit in ‘batches’, so I’ll edit two or three ‘drafts’ of the same book each time I edit. Then I need a break from the book. All of this in…

Back to school…

I’m hoping that means back to routine for me. Like most children, I function better with a routine, but somehow, even after decades of practice being an adult, I am incapable of creating a routine for myself without an outside influence – like school. Getting out of bed in the morning is hopeless, if I’m…

Almagest

One of my beach reads this vacation is The House of Wisdom—How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance. Its discussions on trigonometry and the mathematics involved in astronomy require several re-reads before I totally understand. Very much a case of operator error (me!) and not a failure of clarity by the…