Punishing for NaNoWriMo

Here’s the only unfortunate part of NaNoWriMo. For the month of November I’ll be focused in adding 1700 words to Project Amulet on a daily basis. That doesn’t leave me a lot of time to figure out what to say about my socks. Today I wore Punisher socks. See, coz I’m gonna punish* anyone who […]

A sad and yet happy farewell to NaNoWriMo 2013.

Remember back in the “Good Ol’ Days”, the halcyon, glory-tinged days of yestermonth, when I actually managed to post more than just a short poem and a dredging up of old short fiction?  Like, when I wrote posts about topics. Yeah, last month truly was the Golden Age for blogging. Take comfort, though! Thing are […]

To NaNo, or not to NaNo?

Since the beginning of the month—well, more precisely since I wrote this post—I’ve been plague by the question titling this post.  Should I or should I not fling myself out of the proverbial perfectly good airplane without a parachute on Friday with all my other lemming friends?  That is, should I take off my helmet […]

Haiku advice for NaNoWriMo participants

How to win NaNoStart to write; stop for nothingRepeat 30 days

Landing Your Dream Agent in One Easy Step

Earlier today, I put the last few words of revision into the manuscript for Project Macaroni and sent it off through the ether to my agent. For the foreseeable future I will try to forget about it while she reads through and determines which parts of it are decent—potentially even saleable, one hopes—and which parts […]

Thoughts in advance of NaNoWriMo 2013

On October 1st, not only did certain members of the US House of Representatives decide to take their football and go home (thus ruining the whole Federal Government game for all of us), the website for National Novel Writing Month 2013 went live. How are these things related?  They’re really not.  They’re wholly independent. But! […]

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 […]

New Year’s Day 2013: A brief look at the year to come

It’s early afternoon on January 1, 2013.  After another raucous celebration to usher in the next 365 days, people everywhere are a slowly, determinedly getting themselves into motion, while trying very hard to ignore that splitting headache and the fact that vampires have, in fact, been correct about that annoying daylight all this time. Luckily, […]

10 Things I Learned Doing NaNoWriMo

November, thankfully, ran its course and finally had the common decency to expire like that milk you weren’t sure about anyway, or the tags on your car.  And while the end of the eleventh month obviously means that another jingle bell-ridden, egg-nog inebriated, green-and-red-tinsled Christmas season is upon us, the more immediate point is that […]