Author Archives: sheilamcclune

About sheilamcclune

Aspiring author, sharing the tidbits I've learned along the way.

With My Head In The Clouds

This past week, I finally knuckled down and did something I’ve been meaning to do since…well, since NaNoWriMo last November. I moved my works in progress (WIPs) to the Cloud. I still have mixed feelings about this.  On the one … Continue reading

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Cooking Gets Creative

Okay, so I also haven’t been very good about posting anything about my cooking adventures.  That’s because I really haven’t had any.  Or rather, the one I was having just wasn’t any fun. When we moved into our house, one … Continue reading

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Back In The Saddle Again

I’ve been a bad, bad person. Not only have I been neglecting my blog, but I haven’t been getting a lot of writing done, either. I could lie and make up some excuse about how life has been busy (it … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: NaNoWriMo, Week 3

This week, I feel obliged to start off with a link to a list the Denver NaNoWriMo group shared on Facebook:  Ten Signs Someone You Know Is Doing National Novel Writing Month.  I have to admit doing at least some … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday (on a Tuesday): NaNoWriMo Week 2 (just a little late)

Oops. I really meant to post last Thursday. Really, I did. But, you know, life hap– Okay. I’ll be honest. Sometimes life doesn’t just “happen”. Sometimes you do it to yourself. So since I’m, being honest, the real reason I … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: NaNoWriMo, Week 1

Well, week 1 of NaNoWriMo has passed.  And I’ve made good progress; at the end of the first week, in order to keep on target, I should have written 11,669 words (that’s 1,667/day times seven days).  I’ve actually written 12,748, … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: NaNo Is Coming…

Okay, so unless you’re brand-new around here, you know that NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, in which I and millions of other people across the country endeavor to prove ourselves certifiably insane by attempting to write a 50,000-word … Continue reading

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Dragon Friday #18

(Sorry.  A little late this week.  Stuff happened.  Y’know.) The Dragon, The Wench, and Her Wardrobe (working title) © 2013 Sheila McClune Part 18 Lucinda pulled up outside Maddie’s apartment building and switched off her car. Maddie’s windows were dark, … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Advice for Aspiring/Perspiring Writers #3: Supernatural Forces Do Not Govern Your Writing

Since I seem to be on a roll with advice for aspiring/perspiring[1] writers, here’s my third entry, and I’ll admit up front that this one may be controversial: Supernatural forces do not govern your writing. So here’s the deal:  Yes, … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Advice to Aspiring/Perspiring Writers #2: Writers Write

Okay, since I sort of started down this path last week, when I talked about the fact that first drafts suck, I got to thinking about some other advice I’d give to someone who wants to write fiction. And I … Continue reading

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Dragon Friday #17

Okay, since it’s been a while–a long while–since I did one of these, a few words of introduction are probably in order. Once upon a time, I decided to write a story in weekly installments and post it here, more-or-less … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Contest Results and Writing Advice

Hi, everyone! Yeah, I know.  I haven’t blogged about writing in a while.  Frankly, while I’ve still been writing, I haven’t had a lot going on that I considered blog-worthy. This week, that changed. A couple of months ago, I … Continue reading

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Blog Housekeeping

Okay, so I’ve finally gotten my blog and my domain name and my e-mail account to all be on the same page together.  Yay! So sheilamcclune.com should bring you here, and e-mails to sheila(at)sheilamcclune(dot)com should reach me. I’ve only been … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Blasts From The Past

I’ve got some new cooking adventures to tell you about (including the easiest curry you’ll ever make), but Beloved Husband and I keep eating all the evidence before I can remember to take pictures of it.  So that’ll have to … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Not every recipe I try comes out perfectly the first time. Case in point:  Last week, after our shopping expedition to the oriental market (see last week’s entry), we decided to take the plunge and try making Hot and Sour … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: A Walk On The Wild Side

Last weekend, Beloved Husband and I decided we needed to take a trip to our local Large Asian Supermarket. The one closest to us is an H-Mart, a chain with stores mostly on both coasts, but a few scattered here … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Spice of Life

Last week I talked about stocking foods in my pantry.  I like to keep certain staples on hand to use as the basis of meals, and as emergency meals (in a pinch).  Things like canned goods, pasta, frozen meats, etc. … Continue reading

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Recipe Wednesday: Stocking Up

Hullo, blog.  (pets gently) I know.  I’ve neglected you dreadfully.  And I am sorry.  I’ll try to do better. Things haven’t been terribly exciting, I’m afraid.  In fact, the most exciting thing we’ve done in the past few weeks is … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: NaNoWriMo Ate My Brain; or, How NOT To Do NaNoWriMo

Hello, blog. {shuffles feet} It’s been a while. I know, I know.  I never call, I never write, I never even send e-mail.  I’m sorry.  I’ll try to do better, really I will.  It’s just that sometimes, I get distracted. … Continue reading

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Dear Internet: Please Help!

AaaaaaAAAAAaaaaaAAAAAAAaaaa!!! So…panic time. Two days to NaNoWriMo, and I have no idea what I’m writing. So, as always, I’m turning to the Great Interweb’s Hive Mind for advice. My options are: ——————– Story_Title: The Daughters of August Winterbourne, vol. 3.5 … Continue reading

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