|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 7:35 PM||comments (2)|
From Facebook post 3-23-17
Val: Oh dear God, no.
Anna: What? What's the matter?
Val: It's Jenny. She's...writing what she knows.
Anna: No way. She was going to the DMV today!
Val, pounding on the inside of my ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 3-11-17
I came to a point in the nov where my protagonist goes to investigate some nasty events, forcing him to revisit the death of a friend. I realized that I have the perfect opportunity to rip his heart out. This is the stuff we sadistic writer types like best! My friend Jim says I'm a cold hearted bitch*. I should be relishing this! (*Totally a comp...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 3-6-17
A lot of writers say they listen to music when they work. I tried doing that a few times when I couldn't seem to sit still long enough to write, even though the desire had me more excited than a free slice of pie. But it was hard to concentrate on my own words because my brain was busy deciphering lyrics. Before too long I was rockin' out—headbanging and the like—it just didn't work. The cat *hates* when I mosh...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 1-29-17
This was my first time entering the NYC Midnight Short Story competition. There are three heats (if you're lucky); the first is a 2500-word story, due in 8 days, based on a random assignment. If I calculated correctly, there are roughly 3000 people in this challenge, 30 people with my assignment. Five people from each group are chosen to advance, which means I have a 1 in 6 chance.
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|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 6:20 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 1-14-17
I'm cheating. I may cheat for a little while, too, until something comes to me.
I'm attempting to write two reviews. But when it comes to stuff I like, it takes forever to figure out how to express myself. I'm trying for a much less stupid way of saying "this book is like...SO good, guys!" but the thesaurus only does so much work for you. In person I'm even worse; this is why I don't tal...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:25 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post on 12-22-16
Is there anything more fun than giving someone the axe? It's better than killing your darlings, because you don't shed a tear!
About a month ago I was minding my own biz, giving the ol’ slash with the red pen, when I realized that one of my characters, an e-mag intern, popped up with nary an introduction. Oh ho! Newbie mistake! So I wrote myself a note: ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 20, 2017 at 5:10 PM||comments (0)|
From Facebook post 11-12-16
It’s probably well known that most writers are a mess of self-doubt, unsure of themselves or their talents. I’m no different, certain I’m on the right track on Monday, but by Friday wondering if I shouldn’t just hop into an open boxcar and give up.
Wednesday morning I turned on the news and saw what I dreaded most. I fe...Read Full Post »
|Posted on August 22, 2016 at 12:15 PM||comments (1)|
The other day I was reading yet another writing craft book. I like to make myself nuts with all the things I could be doing wrong. I never had an overly critical mother or mother-in-law, so maybe I feel like I'm missing out. Life is pain. And so it goes...
Point of view has never been my strong suit. It's not entirely my fault, however. First and second person are easy peasy; th...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 7, 2015 at 7:40 PM||comments (0)|
“We've all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” ~ Robert Wilensky
Maybe so, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
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