IWSG: When I Quit Reading

The awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise – Fundy Blue! January 6 question – Being a writer, when you’re reading someone else’s work, what stops you from finishing a book/throws you out of the story/frustrates you the most about other people’s books?

The 52 Week, Short Story Challenge

I’m being peer pressured, people! Well, not any more, obviously. I already said yes. So, the online writers’ group I’ve been a part of for the past mumble mumble years, has set forth a challenge: 1.) Write 52 short stories in the course of a year. (Specifically, 2021) and 2.) Submit those short stories to

Happy New Year!

The new year finally made it to my corner of the world, and look! I’m still in one piece. Somewhere along the line, I ran into the idea that it might be bad luck to say “Happy New Year” before the new year actually arrives. I’m not usually superstitious, but after last year, it seems

Introducing My New Revision Bag

My revision manuscript spent a lot of time sitting on the kitchen table, this year. Not entirely gathering dust, but definitely a little too in the way. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the perfect revision bag would look like. There’s the part of me that thinks it might be one of

Vocabulary

Do you ever run out of really good words for “reanimated corpse?” It seems like I have a hierarchy of risen dead in the project I’m revising, and my vocabulary is coming up a little short. The internet is a wonderful place. Not only do I have friends who are not currently worrying about my

It’s Not That Bad a Name

I’m bad at names. I don’t mean I won’t remember yours. I mean, I have whole drafts of manuscripts where characters are named things like tkbabysitter and tkserialkiller. I have this persistent belief that somewhere, somehow… the perfect name is out there. If I had children, they’d probably be named “Girl” and “Boy” and I’d

Excuse Me While I Douse You in Bleach

The most recent sign of the times? My company is handing out hygiene keys for the employees. And you know what? The employees are actually taking them. I wouldn’t have been all that surprised to wake up one day and find that I’d turned into my parents. But who knew I could turn into Niles

IWSG: The Most Productive Time of the Year

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre! December 2 question – Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why? I always seem to get

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