Over time, I've often been asked a lot to talk about my writing process – the nuts and bolts of what I do when I sit down to write. And so far, I've resisted doing so, partly because I don't really know if I have a writing process, and partly because its a very self-conscious … More My Writing Process (with pictures)
Forgive me for rambling, I'm rusty at this. I've been away. Away from the blog, away from home, from myself, even from writing. I needed a vacation. Irowboat's birthday is in April, and we decided to celebrate with a road trip in my new car to California – traveling to San Francisco and down the … More Distance, where I’ve been, and getting personal
I've been trying for months to find the right words, but none can describe David. Suffice it to say, if I had to choose one person I know—one being in all creation—that the world could not do without, it would be him. David Fetzer, my friend. He died last December. I don't know when I … More A Short Biography of Grief, and a request for help
I want to be a writer. Specifically, I want to write and publish books. Books about vampires and fairies and an organization I created called the Wish Granter's Union. I want people to read what I write, to be inspired by my characters as I have been by other characters. I want to share what … More Focusing on the Outcome
I know I've been gone for some time. So long that irowboat took pity on me and wrote a lovely little post just to let everyone know I still alive, if not exactly prolific. Or able to spread butter on bread. I have drafts and half written posts here on my iPad. More of the … More Silence, Resistance, and Arguing with Myself
I feel like I am just beginning. Last year I wrote thirteen novels, 650,000 words, and a handful of blog posts. I started the project with the idea that either I would find out that I am really a writer, and learn what it is to have writing a constant thing that must be done … More I Wrote Thirteen Novels in 2012. Now what….. and retrospective.
This last month seemed like it should be the easy one, the victorious lazy stumble across the finish line after the marathon has been run. But I do not know if writing is ever like that, the happy slow jog to the end. I think writing is always something we must remember to keep buoyant, … More Month Twelve Reflections: Write Through It, with lists and bad holiday advice
Two novels in November; 100,000 words. 600,000 words since January. It has been over a year since I decided to write a novel a month for 2012. And it's hard to believe that it is almost over. Honestly, I expected to feel more relief than this as the end drew near, as the hurdle of … More Twelve Down, One to Go! with looking forward….
I wanted this to be another inspirational blog post. I did. I wanted to sit down and write something that would lift up the spirits of all my fellow NaNoWriMo participants. But I also am having difficulty myself, and I don’t want to do the disservice of making this all look easy. It isn’t. Writing … More Magic, do as you will
October was a wild ride, and this ending feels hard won. There was the loss of irowboat's cat Felix, the win of the NaNoWriMo post, the daily life in-betweens of it all, and working in the words wherever they fit. The anticipation of November has hung on us all heavily, and today it is here. … More Ten Down, Three to Go! With other thoughts.