Beta Reader Redux

I’m approaching the end of the “scribbling things in red-ink” portion of my revision. Soon, I will be hitting the “reading my own handwriting and typing” portion of the event. Yes, today’s chunk of printed manuscript includes page 419/419 (No, that is not in standard manuscript format. Actual word count? about 92k going in.) This

Catching Up With Technology

I finally broke down and bought a new computer, and this is me, marveling at the idea that the keys actually, reliably, type the letters and numbers they’re supposed to type. I didn’t actually notice how bad the last computer had gotten until I started revising all the missing d’s, m’s, and sometimes spaces back

2019 Goals and a Progress Report

I’m hitting that mid-point slog in the novel I’m drafting. Well, the multiple-project experiment du jour. Novels. There are novels. Plural. And I have hit the middle of the one I’m (demonstrably) spending the most time on. The others? Well, not quite there, but all still making progress. So, how about a progress report? Overall

IWSG: (Least) Favorite Writing Questions

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! (Sign Up HERE!) Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and

Survival is Now Official

I survived the holidays. I’m working with the public this year, so that means everybody else’s problems. I wound up with a crying stranger hugging me on Christmas Eve. Eve? Well, it was about six thirty in the morning. I also wound up being propositioned at quitting time… (In front of a Salvation Army guy

The Day of Impossible Goals

Yesterday was my day off, so I got up early and set myself an impossible goal. A goal of more words than I’ve ever written in a day (5,000) and 30 revision pages. My writing software (YWriter) has a customizable one-day writing goal worksheet. You enter the number of words you want to write, and

IWSG: Five Objects From My Writing Space

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! Join up here. Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and

Notes From Nanowrimo

I finished Nanowrimo with a little over 50,000 words, and am now officially a winner. More importantly, I wound up starting a revision toward the end of the month, and managed to do both revision pages and new pages at the same time. (Different stories, there.) I am now about 120 pages into the current

Fleeing From Family and Other Holiday Traditions

There are roughly six billion people in my family. And yes, somewhere, one of my cousins is heartbroken that I forgot about her most recent bundles of terror. (Six billion and two.) We’re like a bacteria colony, and somehow… through the miracle that is family… I have never gotten promoted from the kiddie table. Exactly

Nanowrimo 2018 Halfway Point

I have now reached the halfway mark in this year’s Nanowrimo, and I have enough words to say that I’m half way to the 50,000 word point. I’ve kept up my schedule. I’ve also gotten my annual ML apology for vanishing. (Every year right around this time. I think the truth is that we’re too

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