• Writing

    Screw it. I’m doing NaNo.

    by The next paragraph is stolen from my October writing report. The rest of the post isn’t. November = NaNo = NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month, where, contrary to the national piece, slightly insane writers worldwide decide to attempt to write a complete novel of at least 50,000 words in the month of November. I just missed in 2010, with the original first draft of Arena making 50k by the end of November but still needing another 8k words to finish the story, which I stretched out a bit. And I “won” NaNo in 2014 with the first draft of Scattered on the Wind coming in at a little…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    November Writing Report

    by November was all about focus. NaNoWriMo type focus. A quick summary: Novel WIP Scattered On the Wind This was the NaNo project, a YA SF book, more or less, with the main character being a 15 yo girl who’s just emigrated to a new world and the colony is falling apart around her. Not physically, not yet, but something on the planet is giving everyone above the age of 18 or so a variety of neuroses, phobia, and mental issues. It’s also giving everyone below adolescence the symptoms of ADHD. The teenagers, sadly, are staying normal longer than most, but are all sharing the same dream. As of the…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    True NaNoWriMo Victory

    by My hands slipped from the panel, but the impressions they’d been in remained. The cavern lights stayed on, and the panel didn’t drain back into the floor. Tears started again, real tears now, streaming from eyes finally free to weep. I’ve been angry, and I’ve been guilty, or felt that way, but I couldn’t until just that moment actually grieve for my best friend. Goodbye, Hoshi. So I finished “Scattered on the Wind” on the way home tonight. Finished dictating it, at least, meaning that the principal story is complete at, currently, 62,322 words. I say currently because the word count will keep increasing for a little bit, probably…

  • NaNoWriMo,  Writing

    What I’m Writing – NaNoWriMo

    by NaNoWriMo! Yup, doing NaNo this year and kicking ass at it. As I type this quick update, Scattered on the Wind is sitting at 40,011 words. For those who don’t know, the idea behind NaNoWriMo is to just sit down and write. Your objective is to write a 50,000-word novel, preferably complete, in the month of November. Doesn’t sound hard until you realize that’s 1,667 words per day. Every day. But you aren’t supposed to stress about plotting or planning or how good or bad the story is or how consistent your characters are. Just write. A lot. I did NaNo a few years ago for the first Troll…

  • NaNoWriMo,  WIP,  Writing

    What I’m Writing: Scattered On the Wind

    by A quick snapshot of works in progress. Novel: The Godhead, Book 2 Short: “Hitching Home, A Ghost Story” Year of Trek: “Scotty’s Enterprise” Editing: “Babysitting the Taran-Saurus” Plotting: Scattered on the Wind Too much? Well, it’s not technically everything I have in progress at the moment, but these are the main things and I am trying to limit myself a bit. I’ll draw your attention to Scattered on the Wind today. I have, for reasons I don’t understand, decided to attempt NaNoWriMo this year. It’s been a while, and I feel like I need the boost that will come from writing a 50,000 word story in a month. Except…

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    Instead of NaNoWriMo…BuWeSiMo

    by So, for the second year in a row, I’m not doing NaNoWriMo, and it has nothing to do with starting 4 days behind having been at World Fantasy, or how busy life is, or anything like that. Sometimes there are other fish to be fried. In the case of the current November, I have exactly two writing things on my agenda. First, my submission for Urban Green Man which, regardless of the outcome, I have pre-ordered a copy, something I almost never do for anything, because it looks awesome. And if my story is awesome enough to be included then I’ll have two until I give one to someone…