NaNoWriMo Week 3

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I found her! My villain is finally more than just “The Bureaucrat,” as my notes declare. She has a personality, a name, and miraculously she interacts really well with my protagonist. (As might be implied by my excitement, she had none of that a week ago.) Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 2

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Had the hardest time working on the beginning. It’s just so slow!

Also I had no time to write on Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday I stayed afloat, but Thursday and Friday are the fun ones because I don’t have anything going on! Yay for days off!

The good thing about the slow beginning is that it’s going to be so easy to cut stuff in this section when it comes time to edit. There’s so much useless information. Continue reading

Self Motivation

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The fun thing about being an adult is that you can look at that long list of stuff you are supposed to do and say “screw it, I’m watching Netflix.” Of course, it comes with the caveat that now you are entirely responsible if bad things happen because you did not do the stuff. Which means that if you want to be “successful” as said adult, you must become adept at a certain amount of self-motivation. Continue reading

Some Of My Favorite Characters (And Why)

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The stories we enjoy tend to influence what kind of stories we write. Which is all well and good, because we’re supposed to write what we ourselves enjoy, but no one wants to pay money for a story that is exactly like the movie they just saw. On one hand, there is nothing new under the sun. On the other hand, there are new ways to combine things, and new perspectives, and ways to infinitely tweak all the old favorites until it’s something new and fun and creative. (And also not subject to a plagiarism lawsuit, for a practical reason.) Continue reading

October Goals

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These are my goals for this month.

  • Get at least halfway through my part of co-authoring story
  • Keep up on related edits
  • Find a title!
  • Get to final draft of Vanity (anthology short story)
  • Critique all the other short stories for the anthologies
  • Complete outline for NaNoWriMo story
  • Brainstorm/rough outline the story that’s starting to bug me and threatening to
  • take over my desire to write currently plotted NaNoWriMo story
  • Dig out Straw Commander and start posting that on Scribophile, (but I have to
  • perfect it first and dazzle you all with how amazing it is, right?) as-is
  • Finish edits for early chapters of Princess and the Pea
  • Then ask people to take a look at them again

But also

  • Finish knitting ugly blanket (it really is ugly, I’m using up all my old yarn in one cacophony of mismatch) (it’s taken me all summer and I’m so ready to be done with this thing)
  • Read a friend’s anthology and let her know what I thought
  • Check forums and actually post stuff rather than lurking or just forgetting to be social at all

Hopefully I can get all this done, but I’ll settle for 80% because sometimes life just happens. We’ll see how it goes. What are y’all’s goals this month?

I Said No to the Story

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I also watched an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress”, so that’s where the title came from. I’d apologize for it except that I can honestly say I don’t watch much reality TV and I’m not averse to swiping a decent title for a pun-y blog post.

I had a chance to write a story that would end up in an anthology. AKA, published. I decided not to. Here’s why. Continue reading

How Do I Know If I’m a Morning Person Or Not?

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Seriously. I can’t even tell anymore. I’ve tried figuring out a sleep schedule that I can keep to, that will require minimal alteration to keep on track. And will also keep at a healthy level of sleep. And will get me out of bed in time for work in the morning.

Why is this so hard? This doesn’t seem like it should be so hard. Continue reading

Co-Writing: the Early Days

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As a part of an exercise with my writing group, I am co-writing a novella. My partner is amazing, by the way. A published author (Find her book here!), and a fantastic organizer for (thus far) two anthologies for the group. It turns out she’s also a really great partner to write with. Continue reading