Monthly Archives: December 2011

Six Sentence Sunday, 11 December 2011 (Annie Brown and the Superhero Blues)

Then Sunny’s cell phone buzzed, and the look on her face told all: that was Courtney. Courtney having issues, Courtney being needy, Courtney needing bodyguarding as she went clubbing: Courtney with the black hair and pale pale skin and six-inch … Continue reading

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Apprenticing with the dead: smashing the four-dimensional fourth wall (Alexander Herzen)

My fiction is full of time-slips and voices from the past surfacing in the present, and foldings-over that make the chain of causality obscure at best. You know what they say: write what you know. The voices in the next … Continue reading

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The curious dance of order and chaos

After yesterday’s break, I realized that it was indeed “rest” rather than “being lazy” that made me take a break from looking at the NaNo novel. Today I woke up with very clear ideas about the missing parts: how the fantastic … Continue reading

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In between times… resting

It felt odd not to write today. I read, and I rested, and that was it. The story is cooking, and I am not sure where it’s going. It’s cold outside and I spent the day dozing on the couch … Continue reading

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Coming back to the beginning, or lessons from the cook pot

Sometimes you don’t know what you were setting out to do until you’ve done it. Last year, I wrote my first completed story arc for National Novel Writing Month. For the first time, I sent a work out to beta … Continue reading

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Finishing the darn thing…

… isn’t easy, but neither is landing a plane. In stories as in chess, the opening and the endgame open up abysses under our feet. Desperate to stuff all of the important parts into Necromancer and Barbarian before National Novel … Continue reading

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Writing Goals check-in

It’s a snowy Monday night, and I’m still recovering from National Novel Writing Month. I wrote 85K words of novel draft alongside an estimated 10-15K words of blog posts (posting every day adds up fast). So we’re looking at a … Continue reading

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