The Way Forward

So, I spent about a week making sure the edit of "Aixa" was perfect. It took way longer than I thought it would. But, as stressful and difficult as that edit was, I enjoyed doing it . . . . . . because it felt important. And it felt right. It was something that I … Continue reading The Way Forward

Let’s Make: A Fantasy Beast

Holy shit am I cheating right now. If there's one thing that all of my manuscripts have, but almost never actually benefit from, it's a list of beasts. "Beasts" in this case meaning "animals." Why not just call them animals? Cause Bloodborne ruined me. Whatever. My point is, all of my worlds come with long lists of … Continue reading Let’s Make: A Fantasy Beast

Let’s Talk About: Fantasy Side Character Names

So, last Friday, a friend wrote to commend me for my recent spree of posts. In particular, he mentioned last week's Let's Talk About, saying it actually helped him, because he was considering writing some fantasy but was afraid he'd unwittingly use a few genre tropes. So, with that in mind--and because I love writing about fantasy's pitfalls--I … Continue reading Let’s Talk About: Fantasy Side Character Names

Monday, AM #1 – My Everyday Jam

Hey there, and welcome back to my site for this first in a new series, Monday, AM, or Monday, About Me. The name says it all, really; every Monday, I'll post updates about my writing progress, along with any news from my weekend, including (of course) too-detailed retellings of weird experiences I had. The idea: to have a post each week … Continue reading Monday, AM #1 – My Everyday Jam

The Discovery Writer VS Chapter One

Hi there, and welcome to 2017. I know I'm a little late with that greeting, but I've been hanging back, trying to make sure I had some great news for an update. And I do . . . kind of. Maybe this has happened to you, maybe it hasn't. If it's the latter, I hope … Continue reading The Discovery Writer VS Chapter One

30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 30: Reflection

Well... I made it. Day 30. Somehow, even though I didn't struggle to write posts this time--even though I didn't spend hours finding writing spots, getting pictures, working on the MS, and posting afterward--I'm way more relieved now than I was at the end of 30 Days 1. I'm not sure why. The obvious answer would … Continue reading 30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 30: Reflection

30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 29: The Need to Improve

Today's writing session went extremely well. I was able to figure out the scene that'd given me grief yesterday, bringing me well within range of finishing the second chapter tomorrow. Which is awesome. Especially because it turns out there'll be a fight scene between Sydney and someone else at the end of the chapter. I am excitedly cracking … Continue reading 30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 29: The Need to Improve

30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 28: The Perspective Shuffle

Well, today was a bust. I hit a hurdle, but it's one I was able to figure out eventually. The solution required me to scrap today's work and start over though, so I'm just saving that for tomorrow morning. Today, I realized a problem and was able to figure out its solution--that's enough for me. … Continue reading 30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 28: The Perspective Shuffle

30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 27: The Timeline of Silestein Grey

Yesterday's scene was... amazingly refreshing. As I sat down to write, I realized that I should do a scene from the perspective of a very important side character; someone who's actually essential to the plot (unlike Taurean, who I mentioned in a previous post). The character in question is Silestein Grey. She was created when … Continue reading 30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 27: The Timeline of Silestein Grey

30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 26: Priorities

  I have to be up by 5 AM tomorrow. I just calculated my optimal time frame for the morning session, and "5 AM" is what mathed out. That means this post is going to be a little short. And with it, I'd like to say time's a bitch. Today, I wrote a scene that I've … Continue reading 30 Days of NaNoWriMo 2 – Day 26: Priorities