A Subdued Thanksgiving

I had a Thanksgiving post scheduled to go, yesterday. I pulled it at the last minute because it didn’t really fit my current mood. I’m not sure that it would have fit anybody’s current mood. I had a pretty mellow Thanksgiving this year. Just two of us, and not at Waffle House, either. All said

Shopping For the Future

It’s that time of year when corporations everywhere remind people how much stuff they desperately need, and small independent companies struggle to keep up. There are basically two kinds of sale going on, right now. On the one hand, you have your major, corporate sale, in which merchandise has been purchased (a year in advance!)

When Hollywood Gets Creative

I watched What to Expect When You’re Expecting today. I’m not expecting, and those things I do know about childbirth? Well, I’m pretty sure I learned them from a Ridley Scott movie. I did give a pregnant woman some popcorn a couple weeks ago, so let’s all just stipulate that I’ve done my bit. What

Nanowrimo Midpoint and Counting

Welcome to the halfway point of Nanowrimo 2020. Since I’m pre-scheduling posts to give myself more time to work on my Nano-project, let’s just assume that I’m halfway to my goal, and happily sitting on 25,000 words of short stories. I’m enjoying picturing that, but the truth is that knowing I already said I was

But if I Cannot Win…

One of the things I like best about Nanowrimo is the way that it breaks an enormous task down into smaller parts. Obviously, if you write 1,667 words per day for the entire month of November, you wind up with 50,000 words (a short novel!) by the end of the month. That’s the goal. To

Nanowrimo 2020: Short Stories.

So, now I have short stories to revise. I’m happy with most of them. And none of them are turning into novels, which is a very important part of writing short stories. I’m still a little bit stressed out. And the things that are causing me stress are working their way into the stories. I’m

Death and the Pre-Published Author

I don’t know how I wound up talking about death last week. It’s not a topic that’s front and center on anybody’s mind in a pandem– Oh. Well, anyway, the topic turned to estate planning for unpublished and indie writers. Don’t get me wrong. I get the general idea. It’s just that once I finish

IWSG: The Purpose of (My) Writing

The awesome co-hosts for the November 4 posting of the IWSG are Jemi Fraser, Kim Lajevardi, L.G Keltner, Tyrean Martinson, and Rachna Chhabria! November 4 question – Albert Camus once said, “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.” Flannery O’Connor said, “I write to discover what I know.” Authors across

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