All the best things about the madcap race to writing one novel in one month.
36,310 words and 2 weeks into National Novel Writing Month! In which characters do not behave, the word count is unnerving, and I love writing just like I always have.
7 days. 17,864 words. Something between 9 and 14 cups of green tea.
The novel is born.
How am I, you ask? Still alive (and typing! See? Look at me go!). A little worse for wear.
To write 50,000 words in a month or not write 50,000 words in a month? To stay up into the small hours of the morning on most weekends, typing a furious descent to madness, or to stay healthy, get a proper(ish) amount of sleep, and be psychologically well-balanced or at least without another item ofContinue reading “NaNoWriMo2020!”
Confetti and cake time! Writers of the Future has awarded me a Silver Honorable Mention! You might remember “Rejection Slip,” a post about my last Writers of the Future entry. A flat-out refusal of a story that I loved. Things are looking up. The Silver Honorable Mention isn’t an official award. I won’t be publishedContinue reading “Not a Rejection!!/Writing Award”
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”
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”
Writing Status? Unblocked. Beautifully unblocked. It’s terribly inconvenient. I realize I only say that because of how happy I am that my characters are talking to me again. But they always seem to choose the most inopportune times–before deadlines, when I don’t have paper, at 2:23 a.m. Sometimes they strike the lucky golden number ofContinue reading “Writing Update: September 27, 2020”
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”
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…”