First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory

I attended an online seminar about first sentences a few days ago. I should tell you, I learn by challenging assumptions. When I’m told that out of an entire novel that takes years to polish, Continue reading First Sentences: The Pain, The Glory

Unseemly

“I’m fucking pissed off at the world” is not a proper post. Again, I’m struggling with what to say. Not because I have nothing to talk about—obviously, we have plenty going on. As it likely Continue reading Unseemly

Goodbye and Hello: Happy New Year!

My work requires my undivided attention right now, but I still wanted to say something, so here goes: Goodbye yesteryear selves! Hello new us! Do you ever think about self-driven evolution? I used to call Continue reading Goodbye and Hello: Happy New Year!

NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)

Sorry for the delay. I was too burned out. It took two NaNos, but I’ve now reached 79,458 words and finally have a complete very rough draft of I’m Your Goat! Yay! I would describe Continue reading NaNoWriMo… Mission Complete! (& some thoughts about it)

NaNoWriMo… Round TWO

Yesterday, Day One of NaNoWriMo ended for me. I was fried. I’m doing what some of you out there are doing. I’m finishing a novel I started last year. Don’t laugh, but when I emerged Continue reading NaNoWriMo… Round TWO

Self-Tamed (a true story about how a mind is a funny thing)

It was not what I expected after such a long period of trying to be deliberate. And it was only a small insight. But it made me laugh out loud, happy to know my brain Continue reading Self-Tamed (a true story about how a mind is a funny thing)

What’s a Creative to do with all this Delayed Gratification?

For fun, I thought I’d share my half of an email discussion with a friend (also an author). We were talking about publication. As you may have guessed, we talk about that sort of thing, Continue reading What’s a Creative to do with all this Delayed Gratification?

Unfinished Thoughts… On Publication

As I said in my last blog post (a rant, sorry about that), for a couple of months now, my mission has been to try to cut my contemporary hard fantasy novel, The Long Last Continue reading Unfinished Thoughts… On Publication

NaNoWriMo – Impressions

The first post I wrote about my NaNo experience, which I’ve thrown out, didn’t convey any of the points I thought worth mentioning. None. I wanted to tell you about my nearly-finished story, what excites Continue reading NaNoWriMo – Impressions

Down with the Grammarian? Uh, no.

There’s a reason why we do the things we do. Grammar is a social convention, a sort of shared habit that fosters organized and precise thoughts… and lest we forget, the clear communication of those Continue reading Down with the Grammarian? Uh, no.