Friday Fiction: Looking back at “The Bar Patron and the Young Lady:

Hey, look, it’s Friday again. Let’s all raise our collective glasses full of well, whatever your particular poison of preference happens to be.  Or, hell, even if it doesn’t come in a glass. But, um, let’s try to keep it to legal vices this time. I’m still waiting on a court date from that last […]

Friday Fiction: Looking back at “An Unexpected Guest”

I guess I promised I’d do this from time to time, and since I have nothing else of any real value to say today (as opposed to all those other days when I write ramblings of things obviously Laden With Portent), I figured why not actually follow through for once.  So, let’s chat briefly about […]

Friday Fiction: Revisiting Holly’s Day

Long ago, way back in the Before Times, in the day when I had yet to finish writing even a single novel (that is, 2011), I used to throw together short pieces of fiction and post them here. It was practice mainly, just something to have a little fun with.  So I’d write whatever came […]

Again with the whining and the excuses (or, Starting a new novel, revisited)

Well, that didn’t last long. Just a mere three weeks ago, I was basking in the glow of having finished a draft of OTHER THING.  I had nothing but time on my hands, which I happily spent trying not to send myself to Happy Acres Sanitarium by fretting over whether those 48,000-ish words were ickier […]

Starting a new novel: Standing On the Edge of a Cliff

So long, farewell, Auf Weidersehen, goodbye! Why in the name of the seven known worlds* would I begin a post with the lyrics to a song from The Sound of Music, you ask?  Why, especially, would I pick lyrics so heavy with the threat of a looming separation?  Am I quitting this whole blogging thing?  […]

Fortune Favors the Foolish

According to the internet (and really, if we can’t trust the interwebs, who can we trust!?), Chinese philospher Lao-tzu wrote, “A journey of a thousand leagues begins beneath one’s feet.”  The common paraphrase for that, of course, is, “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.” A journey of my own, one I’d […]

Not being left without a partner at the big dance, and more on Longshots

I know I’ve been kind of worthless when it comes to making any kind of sense or producing even a mildly entertaining narrative here this week.  Really, though, I swear, that’s over now and I’m going to be good and clean and room and eat all my vegetables and any and all the other kid-who-wants-a-puppy-style […]

Quickly, because I’m trying to do other thinky things with my minds

This is pretty unusual for a Monday, but I’ve got a bunch of things occupying my grey matter at the moment, meaning I’m limited on the creative juice needed to put into writing a Snazzy Blog Post ™.  Admittedly, it doesn’t help that my brain normally operates about as well as that 1958 For-dge-olet jalopy […]

Things that made me smile: catching-up on literary things

It’s suddenly come to my attention that I’ve somehow recently shared next to nothing about the current state of my author-ly pursuits.  I mean, I did little but badger you poor readers about writing back in November (well, when I wasn’t trying to ignore everything blog-related competely) as I worked feverishly* on my NaNoWriMo novel. […]

Because this fiction business got me kind of curious

After yesterday’s navel-gazing bonanza of “Wow, Ma! Lookit all the posts I wrote in the past three years!” I got to thinking about the short fiction pieces.  Specifically, I realized that while there was a pretty steady sprinkling of that kind of stuff when I first got started and followed into 2011, there otherwise hasn’t […]