Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do … Continue reading →
Lud·dite ˈlədˌīt/ noun a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs (1811–16). a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology. “a … Continue reading →
I thought of the things that culture teaches us to fear about being in a cemetery at night. A floating specter appearing, its demon red eyes aglow A zombie pushing its bloated, decaying hand out of a nearby grave. Organ … Continue reading →
Yes – November! And for some, it’s the month where you grow out a beard with the enthusiasm of all around you in order to raise money for charity; for others, it’s the countdown to Thanksgiving and Good Friday and all that is wrapped up in that; and still others, it’s just the month between Halloween and Xmas that has no purpose but to move past quickly so they can get to the gingerbread and mistletoe. And then there are those of the writing inclination: for us, November is Nanowrimo – that is, National Novel Writing Month (even though, I have realized it isn’t National so much an International, but whatevs.)
For this month, I am participating, which means that by midnight, November 30th I will have written a 50k word novel, or at least have written 50k words that may one day (after multiple revisions and more words) be considered a novel!
I will chart my progress here on the blog on Mondays and Fridays, and since it’s Nano, the days I am not charting my progress I will also post a book review for you guys! On Mondays, I will post a discussion on novel writing things – plot, characterization, how to stay motivated and determined, and such things. And on Fridays, I will go through the number of words I wrote, where I am in lieu of the entirety of the novel and what predictions I can make for the following week.
[…]real isn’t what they try to tell you. Time isn’t. Grown-ups hammer down all these markers, bells schedules coffee-breaks, to stake down time so you’ll start believing it’s something small and mean, something that scrapes flake after flake off of … Continue reading →
Terrible, terrible week – will need to hustle next week to make up for it. Words so far: 20,000 Place on the plot mountain: In the action now, more or less. There are three distinct plots that are weaving together, and … Continue reading →
So anyone who has been following me for the last year or so knows that I am new to this America thing. We moved to LA in 2013 and so next week will be my second US-Thanksgiving (not to be … Continue reading →
A two-book review for you guys today – this series is warm, affectionate fun, with a lot of serous tears thrown in just to make you feel all the feelings. I picked these books up accidentally – and I am … Continue reading →
It is that time of year again! Yes – November! And for some, it’s the month where you grow out a beard with the enthusiasm of all around you in order to raise money for charity; for others, it’s the … Continue reading →
So I eloped last year. The Boy and I eloped after moving to Los Angeles. We had a twenty minute ceremony in a courthouse near LAX, with a few wonderful people who came for the event, and then drove back … Continue reading →
So this week was not so great – I just keep reminding myself that there’s still lots of time. Words so far: 15,000 Place on the plot mountain: Just rounding off the setting/setup and onto the rising action! Yay! How I am … Continue reading →
“But tonight, she embraced the truth. She loved. Had always loved, would always love.” I have waited an absurdly long time for this, the sequel to the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy begun with Dark Witch, and was followed by Shadow Spell. Like … Continue reading →
“And, like all the best quests, in the end, I did it all for a girl: me.” I have review Moran’s books before. Most recently, I read her part biographical part culture critique How to Be a Woman and still think … Continue reading →