On Writing…and Waiting to Write

Listening to: Dispatch, “Melon Bend” So about three years ago, I read an article that gave me a great idea for a short story. It was about a family that discovered a runaway teenager who’d been living in their attic for months. When the family left the house for the day, the kid would leave […]

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Looking Back

Listening to: The patrons of the awesome little cafe I frequent, out on the patio, on one of the last nice days of the year! It’s funny to look back, after you’re finally done. I really didn’t think Freya (now tentatively titled Grim Light) ever had a chance. When I first started writing it in […]

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Here We Go Again

Listening to: Guster, “Either Way” I think the new project that I hinted at the other day is starting to take shape. Of course, I’m not going to go into much detail here (don’t want to jinx it–I’m so freaking superstitious), but I told The Husband about it last night and he got very excited. […]

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A round of applause…

…for these guys. There’s so much crap in the news all the time, people hurting and killing each other for no reason. People being petty and mean and cruel. What they did might seem like a small act, comparatively, but…if more people would make a stand when they see cruelty, then maybe, just maybe, there […]

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Without a Net

Listening to: The Dandy Warhols, “Bohemian Like You” If I squint hard enough, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with my current project. It’s just a pinpoint of light, and I have to really squint, but it’s there. I guess I’m weird in the way I write novels. At the […]

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Forcing It

Listening to: Guster, “Demons” When I was quite a bit younger, I used to think that inspiration was this hazy, mercurial creature that would strike when and if she felt like it. I thought that ideas were like Newton’s apple without the gravity–they didn’t have to come down from that tree, and if they did […]

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Running on Empty

I am fresh out of ideas. Nothing to blog about. If anyone who drops by would like a blog-on-command–tell me what to write about and I’ll do it, within reason–feel free. Preferably writing-related, but I’ll consider other topics. I’m not really an expert on anything, but I’m sure there must be some opinions and information […]

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On Starting Over…Again.

So I’m starting this novel for the third time. I keep on starting it, getting a few thousand words in, and realizing I want to change something huge–like the POV or something. Unlike previous novels, which I would always want to “reboot” when I got to the middle or so, I’m not second-guessing myself when […]

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From the Title to the Plot…

Okay. So, as I careen towards the finish line on my first editing pass, I’ve been fretting about the idea for my next book. I can’t help it. I just feel like the idea…isn’t what I want. It’s good (maybe), and I could make it interesting (I think). But I don’t want it. The other […]

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Can’t sleep, words will eat me

I’m at That Point in the book. That Point being the part where I’m constantly terrified that I’m going to Royally Screw It Up. I write in spite of, or perhaps because of, this feeling. It feels like being on a tightrope without a net. Although I know I have a net: revision. I will […]

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