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”

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”

1300 Page Drafts…and other writing things

I remember mentioning somewhere on this blog that I have a monster draft encompassing 1100 pages. Well, update time. The monster is now 1301 pages long. And 100 pages of that were typed up (yes, I admit it, very late at night) in the last few weeks. Send help. I have no idea what I’mContinue reading “1300 Page Drafts…and other writing things”

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”

Reading Update: July 19, 2020/ The Harry Potter Project, Continued

I imagine I’m not the only one who has finished reading a book and slammed into a very solid emotional fog, in need of some quiet in a large fluffy chair with a favorite forest green mug full of steaming raspberry tea. Alright, maybe I’m alone with the tea. But around the last four chaptersContinue reading “Reading Update: July 19, 2020/ The Harry Potter Project, Continued”

Rejection Slip

Got another one tonight. They say after a while, you get used to them. It doesn’t bother you that something you spent months writing gets a simple, unexplained “No.” Everyone gets them. Famous writers have giant stacks of them. But they are still nasty, slimy little things. I’m used to them by now. But somehow,Continue reading “Rejection Slip”

Writing Update: July 13, 2020

I kind of hate writing the last draft of a short story. By this point, I’ve gone over everything so many times I know exactly where everything falls, I’ve got a fussy little pile of characters who didn’t make the word count cut, gorgeous analogies that took up too much time and space, and atContinue reading “Writing Update: July 13, 2020”

Reading Update: July 6, 2020

If someone had told me there were secret passages and enchanted maps at Hogwarts, I imagine I would have read Harry Potter a long time ago. Now, I’m only equally delighted at the prospect as my little self would have been, slowly and surely, against all my curmudgeonly better judgement, being lured into the spellContinue reading “Reading Update: July 6, 2020”

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