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I wrote about 15k words and got about 10k in notes done before holiday projects for the day job struck me down like an avalanche. It certainly felt like an avalanche. Note to self: people who do online retailer support for a living can’t do much else in November. So yeah, I don’t think I’ll […]

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Naysayers

So Dean Koontz had a pep talk today. An excerpt follows but you can read the whole thing here.  My second literary agent was a great guy. We became friends. He did good things for my career. Then he began to decline one book pitch after another: “I can’t market this. You’re pitching bestsellers, but […]

Naysayers

Scene Map

This is my scene map. The thing right now that I’m doing is filling in the “issues” column and then notes from Critters on plot/structure. (This method is explored fully in this book, which I highly recommend)  It’s somewhat hellish. There are many issues. Right now they’re ranging from…”Why is this character here?” to…”wow you […]

Scene Map

Critting and reviews

I kind of think I can’t write anymore until I do what I said I would. I gotta spend about 3 days critting and leaving some reviews. There’s a simple principle. If you want to receive you must give. It’s selfish and manipulative to give because you  want to receive. I admit that. But I […]

Critting and reviews

Inspired

So yesterday in the midst of my research, I discovered a few amazing things about Stonehenge First thing? It sings. Yes if you google “Sonic stonehenge” (and thrill a bit over the Whovian search parameter)  you find quite a bit about it. You can hear some of it here. Untitled from Landscape Perception on Vimeo. […]

Inspired

Damn you, Anthony Ryan

I’ve been dealing with my second draft and I knew it needed something. I knew it was missing the weight I wanted and I knew I needed massive changes. Overhaul. The Longsuffering Editrix® tried in her ever so subtle way to explain what it was. I didn’t get it. I’m obtuse sometimes. Then I read […]

Damn you, Anthony Ryan

The Fool

This is a short story I wrote for fun. It isn’t fantasy but it’s a hoot. I hope you enjoy it.  The lemon meringue pie at Patti’s in Grand Rivers, Kentucky boasts a height of 4 feet, six inches. It takes two men four days to eat one, and a slice tastes better than ambrosia. […]

The Fool

Escapism and writing

I think there’s a little escapist in every writer. What other kind of person willingly dreams while conscious and records it? Then we spend hours refining our thoughts so others can more easily join us in our dreams. A theme of scifi recently has been the problems inherent in “Second Life” type gaming or VR […]

Escapism and writing

An AHA moment.

So, all I have read led me to believe I had to give my manuscript, AKA Baby, over to my longsuffering editrix® in order to make edits. She reads. I get feedback. I edit. Not so. Though I have been cautioned with balefire about making structural edits without her, I am able to edit. Pitchwars […]

An AHA moment.

About that Ledge

So, I’ve finished my first draft. It already horrifies me and it’s only been in the drawer for a few days. I wobble between “That’s the worst piece of tripe ever written by anyone, ever. There is no saving it. Back to the ranks of voracious readership/hobbyist with you!” and “It has potential to not […]

About that Ledge

First Draft Hatred

Apparently this isn’t new, but this week as I got to the last of my chapters (I have about 3 left to write) I was hit with full-blown hatred for my story. I am certain its the worst piece of fiction ever penned and should be burned and never see the light of day. It’s […]

First Draft Hatred

Being a Pantser

I just now understand my villains and know what happened to Darmon and Doran and the Cyntae. I have six chapters left. Liz Gilbert has a theory about all of us having a genius that I embrace with all of my heart. She says they are like Dobby the house elf, these geniuses and if […]

Being a Pantser

The Usurping of Dr Who

There is only one 60-year-old character on television. He’s been a staple to British culture and generations of children have looked up to him. I’ve been a Whovian since the reboot with Christopher Eccleston. My gamertag is R1verS0ng. I drive a Mini Cooper CARDIS. It’s bigger on the inside. I carry a sonic screwdriver in […]

The Usurping of Dr Who

Crucibles

I wanna cuss. A lot. I try actively not to cuss, so this is a problem. I’m gonna sort through my big issue here. I’ve been broiling, stewing over it for 5 days. Wasting time. Okay so there are different elements I need to make sure are in my story. And looking at it, I […]

Crucibles

Flash Fiction for the Thorn Guy

I dashed off an entry for That Thorn Guy’s contest. Here it is. It’s called “Baptism” Day broke when he stabbed my heart. Ritual sin cleansed by pain, my life leaked from that wound. I suddenly believed in ancient medicine. You could be bled to health. He vomited. It splattered on my black duster and […]

Flash Fiction for the Thorn Guy

Inspiration

I do a lot of research and looking at photos to write description. I got to read a lot of fun tweets during #CampNanoAdvice today and discovered that I’m not alone there. I’m also a developer and designer so I thought I might share tools you other writers would enjoy using. DuckDuckGo is actually my […]

Inspiration

Telling not showing

Stuff from Twitter I need to refer to. Struggle with Show & Tell? Here's when you should "TELL" https://t.co/NTfCtzWzIu #writing #writetip pic.twitter.com/flDeuqWXUD — Angela Ackerman (@AngelaAckerman) June 29, 2017 https://twitter.com/beccapuglisi/status/877916781029052421   Show Not Tell (1) https://t.co/yv4p88B5hd pic.twitter.com/8RIGbtKCyu — Manaiakalani Cluster (@clusternz) June 2, 2017 THIS. Been reading/reviewing books for YEARS, and the most fundamental writing […]

Telling not showing