Category: About Writing

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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Clive Steps Outside

Clive Steps Outside

I’ve begun a writing project that I intend to use while taking writing classes. It’s a piece I can experiment on, something without a lot riding on it (unlike the Novel In Progress or other work). I got the idea from one of the lectures from Neil Gaiman on MasterClass. He was talking about how…

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Thinking About Creativity

Thinking About Creativity

I listened to a podcast this morning called The Writer Files; the specific episode was called The Best of ‘The Writer’s Brain’ Part One: Creativity.  The guest was neuroscientist Michael Gybko and addressed creativity as a brain function.  They also talked about ideas on how a person could increase their creativity. The gist of it…

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Be Like a Weed

Be Like a Weed

The book, Writing Past Dark, by Bonnie Friedman has plenty of interesting things to chew on.  It’s not your typical book about writing.  This is more the book about the demons we wrestle with while writing.  While not writing.  In order to write, etc. She talks about the way our writing can be strangled by…

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Fearing our Creations

Fearing our Creations

In the book, Writing Past Dark, Bonnie Friedman examines Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as a metaphor for what she sees as a common source of blockage for writers – the fear of our creation.  In Frankenstein, young Victor pursues his passion obsessively and alienates his family.  The knowledge he seeks has greater importance than their fears…

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