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It’s Possible This is What My Current Plot Outline Looks Like

September 9, 2014 by



How to Get Someone Else to Synopsise Your Work: A Study in Whining

May 2, 2013 by


I just remembered I have to write a synopsis for Drink Me* in the next few days. So basically I’m whining and procrastinating and considering how to make lemon flavoured brownies. Honestly, this shouldn’t be that hard. It’s high-concept! The plot is very straight-forward! There are only two characters! Arkem: Drink Me is a rollicking […]

This is My Writing Tip for the Week: Jello Shots

March 12, 2013 by


So I broke through the tricky transition part of the book last week. (Yay!) (And also, finally. Sucker took me a week to get right.) Which means that I am now on the sprint to the finish line. The part where I can see everything between here and the end and I just have to […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Beautiful Part of Writing is That You Don’t Have to Get it Right the First Time Unlike, Say, Brain Surgery.*

December 14, 2012 by


I have been working on the same chapter for like two weeks. Well, sort of. The problem is, this chapter is the lead in to the latter part of the book and I keep staring down the line at the end and changing my mind about the approach. I mean, I know where I’m starting, […]

I Need a Conspiracy

December 11, 2012 by


I have spent the last few weeks trying to figure out how the last third of the book goes. My original outline for that part of the book was all of seventy words long, so you’ll understand it needed some expansion. I mean, my outlines at the best of times are usually a couple of […]

And Then She Threw Her Drink in My Face

November 30, 2012 by


Every now and then I remember that you really shouldn’t start a book with the words ‘And then’. But I did. And I wonder if this is one of those ‘know the rules so you can break them’ kind of things or if I’m just being pigheaded because I believe that all stories begin in […]