Monthly Archives: December 2011

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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Six Sentence Sunday, 4 December 2011 (Annie Brown and the Superhero Blues)

She smiled back, a little tentatively, and said, “Hi.” She ordered her usual: bittersweet mocha with skim milk. Iced, no whipped cream. She winced in anticipation of the expectable joke about her complexion. Northtown was very white, except for the … Continue reading

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Revolutionary endgame, or some thoughts about Happy Ending

I’ve been thinking about the whole question of the Happily Ever Ending as I’ve been thinking out the ending of my NaNo novels, The Shape-shifter’s Tale (2010) and The Reincarnations of Miss Anne (2009, unfinished).  The 2010 NaNo was the first … Continue reading

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NaNoFeed, the Sequel: What makes it all worth while

Exhausted and speedy all at once, after two days away from the novel. As my buddy Devin Harnois puts it, “I want to take a nap and conquer the world.” But tonight I went to our region’s TGIO (Thank God/Goodness … Continue reading

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