Browsing All Posts published on »February, 2013«

Okay, Nobody Relax. Everybody be TENSE.

February 26, 2013 by


One of my beta readers read the most recent chapter I’ve written of Wizards and told me that it reads like this could be the end of the book. Which makes sense. This is the… well, action climax of the book. And for… reasons… there’s an emotional climax at the same time. So, yeah. Feels […]

Possibly More ‘Violates’ Expectations Than ‘Subverts’

February 21, 2013 by


Me: I am in this kind of drifty, exhausted, sleep-deprived place. It is doing funny things to my head. And my spelling. My head space is not aided by the fact that I just read this story that was all deep and metaphysical and twisty with philosophy and literary references. It was not fun per […]

When You Relate to Your Characters a Little TOO Much…

February 19, 2013 by


I’m trying to figure out the next section of Wizards. So far this has meant a certain amount of banging my head against the wall and then deciding I was right to start with and circling back to the beginning. At which point it becomes clear that I am wrong and… I have no idea […]

Why a Support Network is Crucial to a Writer

February 14, 2013 by


Perspective! Writers tend to work on their own, in the dark, which can be at times crazy and lonely making. At these times it is particularly helpful to have caring and supportive people around you who will encourage and reassure and… you know what? I don’t know. I don’t have those people. I have these […]

I Did Not Blow Up or Drown Anyone. Today.

February 12, 2013 by


Me: Wrote another chapter today. Rick: Yay. More explosions? Me: This is like… the aftermath of the explosion. Rick: Hmmm. Explosion wasn’t big enough then. Me: It was a very little one, in point of fact. The idea is to not blow up my main characters. Rick: I suppose you might need bounds on things […]

Neil Gaiman’s Calendar of Tales

February 7, 2013 by


For a longer explanation of why and what this is about, look here.  

What’s in a Writer’s Notebook?

February 5, 2013 by


So this one time? In undergrad? …this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It’s not. I swear. It’s the answer to a question several people asked after my last post. I mentioned a class where I asked if I could hand in the final assignment on the first day. I had more than […]

Is There Any Point in Studying Writing?

February 1, 2013 by


People keep asking me this. So. Short answer? Depends. Longer one?  Depends on what you’re hoping to get out of it. I mean, it’s remotely possible that the course will hook you up with a lecturer who is the perfect editor for your work, who will nurture and encourage you until you burst forth from […]