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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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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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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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Writing Thursday: Shifting Gears; or What To Do Next?

So. I’ve recently finished writing a short (for me) story.  I need to go and work on something else for a week or two before I come back and give it the edit it needs (my critique group made some … Continue reading

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Writing Thursday: Why Not Take All Of Me; or, Reducing Wordiness

For the past few weeks, I’ve been a woman on a mission. I’ve been trying to reduce my work-in-progress, The Daughters Of August Winterbourne (Book I) down to 125,000 words.  The first draft weighed in at around 185,000 words; the … Continue reading

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And Now The Ball Is Rolling; or, More NaNoWriMo Progress

I just realized, going back and looking at my NaNoWriMo update from last week, that I really didn’t provide much of an update at all.  So I should probably remedy that! As of this morning, I was a few hundred … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, Week 2

It’s Week Two of that insanity known as National Novel Writing Month.  (Wow, it looks weird to type it all out that way, instead of NaNoWriMo.) This time last year, I was singing the Week 2 Blues.  Which is not … Continue reading

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Timing Is Everything; or, I Thought I Was A Night Person…

I think I’ve learned something about how I NaNo best. Last night, after a long and fairly eventful day, I came home and parked myself in front of my computer at around 10:00 pm, with every intention of squeezing out … Continue reading

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Weather Or Not; or, Let It Snow?

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 25) As I write this, the season’s first snow is falling outside my window.  Sadly, it does not appear that we’ll get the 18″ some forecasters were predicting.  I’m thinking we’ll be lucky to make 3″ by … Continue reading

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Playlist Complete; or Music To Scribble Words By

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 12) Okay, I can now check another item off of my NaNoWriMo “to do” list:  I’ve finished rebuilding my playlist.  I think, if you clicky on the thingy below, you should be able to see a spreadsheet … Continue reading

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Details, Details; or, Adding The Highlights

(Post-A-Day Challenge, Day 8) One of the things I am trying to do on my current edit pass on Book 1 of the Winterbourne series is to add in some of the little details that will help bring the story … Continue reading

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November Is Coming; or, NaNoWriMo Prep

(Day 6 of Post-A-Day Challenge) On the various lists and communities to which I belong, I’m beginning to see more postings about things people are doing to prepare for the upcoming NaNoWriMo challenge.  I’ve seen people who already have detailed … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions; or How Do You Know When You’re Doing It Right?–Part 2

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I discovered I had more to say on this topic, so we’re revisiting it this week. My second edit of “The Daughters of August Winterbourne” is all but complete. I have to … 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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Doing The Splits; or Maybe You’re Not Writing One Book, But Two

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I have a confession to make. I’ve really been struggling with my current WIP, the second book of the “Daughters of August Winterbourne” series. It’s not that I wasn’t enjoying writing the … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays; or, Celebrating With Your Characters

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) The holidays are such a crazy time of year. Not only do they wreak havoc with our schedules, our sleep patterns, and even (I think) our brain cells, but they often leave … 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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It’s October 14, Do You Know Where Your Plot Is; or, NaNoWriMo, Coming Soon

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) I looked at my calendar today and felt a rush of panic mingled with a dose of anticipation. It’s October 14. Which means that NaNoWriMo is just over two weeks away. And … Continue reading

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Those Little Habits; or, "You Might Be A Writer If…"

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) Came across a blog posting this week that made me laugh, called, “You Might Be A Writer If…” Y’all should go read it. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Just don’t forget to come … Continue reading

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Into The Home Stretch; or, The End Is Near

(This posting originally appeared on The Melt-Ink Pot) After writing a few difficult scenes for my current work in progress, The Daughters of August Winterbourne, I can definitely tell that I’m on the home stretch. I’ve begun the big, climactic … Continue reading

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