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How I Spent My Summer

It was a busy summer and I’m moving into an unusually busy fall. So grab hold of something while I run you through the wild ride of everything I’ve been working on — and some interesting personal side projects! The science fiction novel went through beta readers, revisions, proofreading and a title change! The current […]

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Post Camp Update

I made my Camp NaNoWriMo goal of 10K easily in rewriting the draft of last fall’s novel. I expanded some things that were written too thinly, sketchily, and fast, filling in the blanks to make things less likely to be misunderstood, adding scenes, and building on what I had already written. I have to say […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo and Other News

It’s been a busy week so far. As you may (or may not) have noticed, this website was down for a long time. The issue has been resolved, but it ate up a bit of time…and delayed this post, so what I was going to say here a few days ago I wrote instead on […]

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I love you but you’re eating my mind

Something has got to give. I am too plugged in. Or in a phrase from a much earlier time: “the world is too much with me”. I’m having a hard time getting anything creative done. There are too many other things to do and those things keep my mind in the consuming mode rather than […]

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Post-NaNoWriMo 2014: What I learned this year

This year’s NaNoWriMo differed from the two previous years in a number of really great ways. Although I won previous years (and the second year was substantially easier than the first year), I’m still learning new things about how to write NaNo novels and how to integrate this lovable monster known as “NaNo” into my […]

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I’m a Space Bird! I’m Gone!

While I as doing NaNoWriMo this month I also passed my final goal on the 750words.com site, which I’ve written about a number of times here. This will be my final 750words post. I made my final goal, backed up my material, and deleted my acct. When I first joined in Oct 2011 it was […]

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Pre-NaNoWriMo 2014

Because I know I’m not going to write any substantive posts during the creative madness which is NaNoWriMo, I’m trying something different this year. I’ve dusted off a WordPress blog I got a couple of years ago and have turned it into a microblog of miscellany. Generally, it will be a collection of short eclectic […]

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Plans, Pants, and Discovery

It’s generally thought that there are two types of writers, discovery writers and outliners, or as they are sometimes called “planners and pantsers”. The pants refer to “flying by the seat of your pants”, in other words, making it up as you go along. I consider myself a discovery writer, aka “pantser” even though I […]

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Autumn is a Season: Fall is a Verb

It can’t be the weather because we’re not (yet) having fall weather, but autumn is upon us and I am “Fall-ing” in all the usual ways…and also some unusual ways. I’ve got news, news, news! Writing news, blogging news, social network news, music news, and spacey news. (You knew I was spacey, right?) Writing: My usual […]

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Insomnia for Authors

Don’t think about the book you’re writing. Don’t tell yourself that you’re just telling yourself a bedtime story. Don’t imagine extraneous scenes for characters in your book, complete with dialogue. Don’t delude yourself that you’re dreaming when your characters are doing all kinds of stupid things. You’re still writing in your head. Don’t think about […]

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