Story Time Blog Hop for January

I got the final count for the January edition of the Story Time Blog Hop yesterday, and I’m excited to say we have ten writers who will be posting Speculative Fiction stories this time around. The stories don’t go live until January 27th, but here’s the lineup, if you want to check them out in advance:

Writing Vs Revising: Goals For the New Year

Last year was all about word count and getting myself out there. I wrote about a half million words last year.  I started my own website, got on Twitter, and participated in a blog-hop, an advent calendar, and Nanowrimo. I also started tracking down writers for a local writers group–much easier than I thought it would

About That Article on Medium

After the last blog hop, I posted my story to Medium. And the response was less than spectacular.  I got about five hits–all of them off of Holly Lisle’s forum, where I had talked about Medium and asked for opinions from other writers. Then, several days ago, I posted another article on Medium. This one

My Not-Writing Project

So, I got sucked into helping family fix up a house for sale…. And I spent most of eternity **ahem** yesterday removing this old underlay from around where the fireplace used to be. Before   Why, yes.  That is brand-new carpet I’m working under. Make a note: The Karen character should have been introduced to this

One of Those Weeks

I had a co-worker… I’m never sure if this guy means to be supportive, or not… ask about “my book” again, yesterday. And then… He compared my book to the **ahem** movie that some local kid wound up getting made, and gave me the assurance that I could be the next one to hit it

The Family Book

I ran away from home, the summer I turned ten. And I packed for never coming back. If there was a reason, I don’t remember. With three older brothers, there was enough reason. Too young, too short, too girl. Whatever the reason was, it carried me out of our apartment, through the endless steel corridors,

Writing Research

I can’t tell you how much I love the internet.  It makes it easier to find people with the same obscure, time consuming, and skill-based hobbies.  It brings me new foreign films.  It puts the answers to all those random, and blush-worthy novel-writing questions in my living room.  Here is a video that I ran

Query Letter Fun Time

I  just started working on a new query letter.  This one’s a little different. You see, I’ve only written about three thousand words of the manuscript.  About fifteen pages. Write the letter before the novel is a piece of advice I’ve heard over and over (yes, on the internet.) and now, I have an idea that’s

June and July Statistics

I let a month slip by me there.  So, in June, I wrote 35, 174 words.  In July, I was up to 40,232.  I’m not sure why I’m having so much trouble hitting the 40k mark on a regular basis.  40k is about 1300 words a day, and for the most part, that’s not a

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