Category: About Writing

Novel update and more

Novel update and more

I am in the midst of the second draft of the novel I created during NaNoWriMo. My goal is a chapter a week. I started during the first week of January and I’m got three chapters into second draft, so it’s going well. It feels like a good pace, a pace I can sustain. The…

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NaNoWriMo2020 Status Report – Day 8.

NaNoWriMo2020 Status Report – Day 8.

Along with thousands of other wrimos, I’ve completed 8 days of novel writing as part of National Novel Writing Month, popularly known as NaNoWriMo. At the close of my writing session today, I was at 15,490 total words; keeping at a pace of 1700+ per day with some 2k days sprinkled in. To reach the…

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NaNoWriMo2020 – Choices

NaNoWriMo2020 – Choices

NaNoWriMo2020 is now just days away. I started last week with a lot of options for which story take on during my month-long quest for 50K words. One idea was to expand on the story of Merton, the 4 year old who murdered his nanny to open a portal to another dimension and is actually…

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New Story Submission

New Story Submission

I just pushed the button on a smut story submission for Nerve Endings: Short Fiction Addressing Trans and Non-Binary Experiences of Sex, Sexuality, and Relationships. It’s the first story I’ve submitted for an anthology since the cluster of submissions I made in 2015 (all of which were published). On the one hand, I really like…

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Writing Retreat, at Home

Writing Retreat, at Home

What is the ‘staycation’ equivalent of having an ‘at-home writing retreat’? Whatever it’s called, that’s how I spent the weekend of 9/12-9/13. My goal was to spend those days brainstorming ideas, sorting through them to determine which were short, medium and long term projects, and then to choose some and determine goals, milestones and schedules.…

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Season of Change

Season of Change

Since I moved on June 10, I’ve been settling into my new home. I had a friend with a house painting business paint the living and dining room with vaulted ceiling and adjoining kitchen. I’ve painted my bedroom and recently finished painting my office. Once the office was painted, I was able to move the…

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WiP

WiP

I was considering the various stories I’ve started and not finished. Novel length, short stories, and everything in between. I sat down and listed all my works-in-progress… I came up with a list of 11 (not counting everything I’ve ever not finished, just the projects that I still believe have value). My Best Friend the…

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What I want to write

What I want to write

I’ve been thinking about what kind of stories I want to write. I read a lot – sci fi, fantasy, nonfiction, political, contemporary fiction, essays. Sometimes all this material is like meat tossed to the carnivore – my curiosity endlessly hungry for more and chasing down every interesting lead presented. It’s all fuel for my…

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Homework: In the Sandbox

Homework: In the Sandbox

I’m still working my way through Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass, having taken some breaks along the way. Today I followed instructions in Chapter 6 about taking a story in unexpected ways. The prompt I used was “child raking in a sandbox next to his nanny”. The initial result of my free writing session is below: Merton’s…

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