So, I was sitting in my sixth grade English class, bumbling through a diagram of a forever-long sentence, when I realized an eight and a half-inch width of paper wasn’t going to cut it.
I should have rotated the paper 90 degrees, ignored the confining lines on the sheet, and scrawled across it that way. […]
November? Vanished. I hop-skipped over it to the first days of December.
Where did November go? The short answer is it was gobbled up devoured by the phenom, NaNoWriMo. The goal was to bang out 50,000 words in thirty days which, knowing how slowly I write, was a fool’s […]
Today is National Pumpkin Cutting Day, at least in our house. My husband and I created this holiday out of a need to maintain our sanity. One forceful, only child vs. two parents. Score: him.
By age four, my son Chance ceaselessly nagged us about holiday preparations at least a month in advance. […]
Yep, I’m taking the insane plunge into NaNoWriMo this year.
NaNo dovetails nicely with 90 Day Novel by Alan Watt, which I’m working through now. It just puts it on steroids. Two big things I learned from 90 Day are:
Macro Story Elements – To hold on […]
If you tend to be easily distracted when writing, take a look at Momentum Writer by Black Obelisk Software. Fire it up and your display resembles a screen reminiscent of blank paper. That means the too-easy-to-click-on impulse links to email and browsers are hidden, thus keeping your focus on writing. It does not […]
I asked my husband whether he thought my poster design for this was balanced.
He said, “Add WTF??? to it and you’ve got a winner.”
Clearly, some people have no artistic spirit of adventure.
Please leave a comment telling him that he is WRONG. His name is Tom. I’ll make […]
Here’s the deal — the first three-quarters of my life, I was stupid.
Well, book-smart and sidewalk-stupid.
I collected pearls of wisdom and inspirational quotes like a nine-year-old boy collects baseball cards. Here are some of my faves:
A man is generally as happy as he makes up his mind to be – Abraham Lincoln […]
My husband is a HUGE Tennessee Vols fan (college football team) and frequents a Vols fan board. Our computers are on a U-shaped desk running around three walls of a room, so […]
People tell me I’m creative. OK, so maybe they mean off-the-wall-crazy creative, or maybe it’s a nice way of saying weird. You know, not normal. Free-spirited. A tick off-center. Personally, I think it’s that at times my filters suck.
Filters, as in that common sense thing everyone seems to be so wild about. The talent/ability/skill […]
The first novel I wrote was brilliant.
I posted serialized chapters of it on a Fiction Board, where throngs of readers raved about my talent. And why wouldn’t they? Each week, I devoured up to six romance novels, so I figured I had a good handle on how to write one. My plot was […]
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Mastery by Robert Greene
The Last Witness by K J Parker
Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Other 90% by Robert K Cooper
The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide By Douglas Adams
- Writers’ Stuff – Grammar Checks
- Pulp Birthday Cover
- Yeah…what she said…and Pressfield, too.
- National Pumpkin Cutting Day
- “Jump in, the water’s fine.” I suspect it’s a lie, but foolishly make the dive anyway.
- This One’s Free – Momentum Writer
- The Busiest Damned Motivational Poster Ever
- Stuff That’s Laying Around
- Never Give Up.
- 7 Words That Changed My Life
- RESEARCH – The Steamy Romance Novel
- Permission to Fly…Creatively (Part I)
- The First Novel I Wrote Was Genius. Not.