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When coming up with a subject for this week’s blog post, the only thing that came to mind was the short story I was working on. Which in turn made me think of how I had created this story, and that in turn made me think of audience, and how it relates to writing. I’ve never paid much heed to it, but this particular story was shaped by its audience, and so was a lesson in how maybe there was more to it than I ever gave credence to. Continue reading


NaNoWriMo 2017: Finale


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This one really came down to the wire, which is new for me. Not the most fun thing ever, if I’m being honest.

It’s been an interesting week, schedule-wise. I started Monday being one day ahead of the target word count. Monday was my mom’s birthday so between work and getting ready for that and then actually enjoying the party, not a whole lot of words. (Also the first two parts of the Arrowverse crossover, if I’m being totally honest. And I can’t even regret it because by that point I needed the chance to chill.) I basically lost a day here.

Tuesday was pretty normal, but normal includes work and some laundry and more work and then dance which is fun but does take time. So that made things difficult but I managed to do a little more than the 1667 it takes to meet the daily goal and actually made it partway through Wednesday’s.

Then Wednesday. Wednesday was a longer than normal workday, and since I’m a babysitter I can’t exactly say “no, I’m taking the time off to write.” (Well, I could but it would make things hard for the families and I really don’t want to do that.) Even so, I came within 1500 words of the end goal.

And finally, Thursday. Another long day, and at this point I am also tired. (Not nearly as tired as some of the kids I babysit for, but that’s what happens when they get up in the middle of the night.) More babysitting, and this time it also involves driving, which is a blessing and a curse. Curse because I’m all over the place and half the locations I’ve never even been there so I’m relying entirely on my GPS. Blessing, because this kid had a cello lesson and a dentist appointment and that last is where I managed to reach 50,000 words. (At least, according to Scrivener’s word count, which is a bit more generous than the validating tool on so I still had a few words to go but let me have this!)

After that it was a simple matter to wrap up once I made it home, and all in time to watch The Orville, which was my reward for finishing. If I hadn’t, my mom had my full permission to spoil the whole thing for me. Thank goodness I made it, because I hate spoilers.

(No tallies for this one, because I don’t feel like doing math. But I won!)

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week Four


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Thanksgiving! Lots to be grateful for. Like

  • A lessened work week
  • Dumplings that take only nine minutes to cook
  • Tap class
  • Monopoly
  • Tortillas
  • Reaching 40,000 words
  • My family
  • Tons of yummy food

And all other kinds of stuff. Like finally having time to write!


Day 18: 808 words

Day 19: 3569 words

Day 20: 107 words

Day 21: 104 words

Day 22: 2195 words

Day 23: 411 words

Day 24 (still in progress): 3208 words

(Okay, so if anyone’s added up my words so far, you’ll know I haven’t quite made it to 40k yet, but I’m confident I will by the end of today because I am on a roll! Therefore, I am grateful for it)

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 2



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?