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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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Retail Therapy; or Shopping For A Creative Spark

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 27) [Almost there…stay on target….] This evening, my friend Rivka and I decided to go out and engage in a little low-budget retail therapy.  We headed over to the ARC thrift store. I love shopping at thrift … Continue reading

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Things You Learn From Conventions; or It’s About More Than Just The Writing

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 22)   I love going to science fiction conventions, especially the more literary ones like MileHiCon (which is where I am this weekend, hence the lack of internet connectivity).  These conventions aren’t about meeting your favorite actor … Continue reading

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One-Stop Shopping For Character Ideas; or A Visit To The Big Blue Store

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 2) I know what I’m going to do the next time I have a free day — or even just several hours — to spend on brainstorming for writing. I’m going to Ikea. Colorado just got an … Continue reading

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Writing Tips from Charlaine Harris; or, The Secrets of Writing, Revealed

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Thanks to a friend of mine, this week I found myself in possession of a ticket to see Charlaine Harris, author of the True Blood series, at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in … Continue reading

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Blog As Writing Tool; or Making My LiveJournal Earn Its Keep

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Anybody besides me out there still using LiveJournal? Blogger’s cool and all, and Facebook and Twitter have their uses, but I still love LJ. Because it lets me do things none of … Continue reading

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Music To Scribble By; or What’s On Your Writing Playlist?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) So as I mentioned in last week’s entry*, this week’s topic is music for writing. What makes good writing music? Each of Carrie Vaughn’s “Kitty Norville” books includes a playlist of music … Continue reading

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Fishing For Ideas; or, Brainstorming 101

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) So it’s Tuesday, and I still haven’t written last Thursday’s Melt-Ink Pot posting. I have what I think is a good excuse: My Beloved Husband and I spent all of last week … Continue reading

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Trust The Process; or, Sneaky Inner Editor Is Sneaky

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Writing this week has been a bit of a struggle, and I think I’ve figured out why. Now that the pressure of NaNoWriMo is off, I’ve slowed my pace a little, trying … Continue reading

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Bonus Blog: Ten Lies You’ll Hear Before Pursuing Your Dream

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Okay, I know it’s not my usual day to blog, but I thought this was important enough to pass it along RIGHT NOW. One of my co-workers posted this to Facebook. It’s … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge; or, How I Did

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) So it’s September now, and my summer writing challenge has ended. I wrote 30,163 words of fiction over the summer. It’s not a spectacular amount, I’ll admit, but I think they’re mostly … Continue reading

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The Long And Short Of It; or, "Right-Sizing" Your Ideas

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)     I’m challenging myself to write short (or at least, shorter) stories this summer. However, one of the things I’m struggling with is how to tell the short story ideas from … Continue reading

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Summer Writing Challenge; or, How Am I Doing So Far?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Thought I’d take a few minutes this week and let everyone know how I’m doing with my summer writing challenge. For those who were out of the room back in May when … Continue reading

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The Next Big Thing; or, What Shall I Write Today, Brain?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I saw an article today that made me laugh. It was about “The Next Big Thing In Publishing.” (Of course, it comes from The Onion, so you have to consider the source…) … Continue reading

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Road Trippin’ For Research; or What I Learned

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Last Thursday, my friend R. and I went to Kimball, Nebraska, to do research. Of course, I did a little homework beforehand, so I knew that Kimball is a town of about … Continue reading

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Research; or How To Justify A Road Trip

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot)   In the latest installment of my ongoing saga of how to use up my surplus PTO, today (later today, after I’ve slept, that is), I’m going off to do some research. … Continue reading

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Idea Shopping; or, My Day On The Mall

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) As I mentioned last week, my goal for this past Tuesday was to hang out somewhere besides my living room and do some brainstorming for story ideas. I ended up on the … Continue reading

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Brainstorming Day; or Can You Catch Ideas By Going Out And Hunting Them?

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I find myself in a situation that’s unique in my life so far: I have more paid time off from work than I am allowed to carry over into the next fiscal … Continue reading

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A Writing Challenge; or, Keeping a Long Story Short

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) This week, I signed up for a summer writing challenge with some friends. It’s a challenge where you get to set your own goal for how many words you will write between … Continue reading

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When Inspiration Fails To Strike; or, Technical Difficulties

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I’ve known this moment was coming since the beginning of November, and I really hoped that when it got here, I’d have the answer I needed, but I don’t. Inspiration has failed … Continue reading

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