Blog Post 101!/Writing Characters

Bring out the creamcakes everyone! 101 posts on BookmarkedOne! I’m going to cherish the occasion by telling you about my characters–and all the trouble I’m in this week. Read on for the muddled adventures of an unconventional writer and her plot-defying characters who’d really just rather have their own way.

Here’s to the Silent Void

Here’s to the silent void we send all our stories into. Here’s to the hope they come out well. Here’s to the waiting, the listening the watching, the wondering if it was real. Here’s to the dark nights we all spend alone over black keys, crying into nothing about people we’ve never seen. Here’s toContinue reading “Here’s to the Silent Void”

Book Release Thrill: The Captive Kingdom

I’m usually a very quiet person at home. But there are three things that make me yelp with excitement and alert my neighbors that some small creature might have been hugged to death. Getting exceptionally good results from a writing contest Getting a performance gig I really, really wanted New Book Pity about the squeal.Continue reading “Book Release Thrill: The Captive Kingdom”

A Very Happy Baggins Birthday

September 22, everyone! Happy birthday to our favorite hobbits, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. Here’s to the hope that you spent the day the way a true hobbit should–with good food, plenty of it, better music, the best of friends, and no socks or shoes. Or, you know, failing that, reading one of the best fantasyContinue reading “A Very Happy Baggins Birthday”

On Daring to Write…despite all the voices in my head telling me not to…

I think everyone has a small grimy goblin sitting in the back of their head saying all the things we shouldn’t dare to do. Well. At least, that’s the way it seems. Mine is particularly vocal. And I hate it with a passion that is not to be denied. Most people would say caution isContinue reading “On Daring to Write…despite all the voices in my head telling me not to…”

Scribbling Habits…and writerly downfalls…

Have you ever wanted to google your characters? I write a lot from research, as many other writers do. If I’m working on a story, it’s normal for me to pop over to a search engine to ask what are the names of Italian masquerade masks? Victorian era poisons? What do said poisons smell like?Continue reading “Scribbling Habits…and writerly downfalls…”

Someday-Never

Everyone has a Neverland. That’s what J.M. Barrie seems to say. He says a lot of other things that people have henpecked bloody over the years. That’s not the point. Everyone has something, somewhere, someone, they keep close when they shut their eyes. And, so it would seem, it’s only by forgetting, by refusing toContinue reading “Someday-Never”

Life off the Page: Someday-Never

So in the midst of reading Beowulf and falling in love with Anglo-Saxon poetry again, I started thinking about one particular castle I’ve wanted to visit and how awesome it would be to shout the Old English opening into the space. Ignoring, of course, that at the moment I can’t travel anywhere. But that doesn’tContinue reading “Life off the Page: Someday-Never”

Unridden Train

I used to live in a house across from a long stretch of railroad track. I could hear it, at night, lying awake in the dark. Freight trains. Not the kind anyone rode. When it was far away, it would be just a wail, almost like the cry of an owl, but longer, airier. Lost.Continue reading “Unridden Train”

Blogiversary! July 28, 2020

Light the fireworks and bring in the Hobbit feast! BookmarkedOne has officially reached its one year birthday! I don’t quite know what to do with myself now. It doesn’t really seem like it can have been a year already. But it is–365 days, 88 posts, and here we are. So how am I going toContinue reading “Blogiversary! July 28, 2020”

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