NaNo SlowDown

Well, I’d been cranking along, and then came to a bit of a standstill. I wound up spending yesterday at doctors and picking up prescriptions thanks to a bizarre infection that started with a mosquito bite, of all things. By the time I got home, I was swamped with back-logged animal chores, then so exhausted I…

The Ending Scene From Today

So, today was the fifth day of NaNoWriMo. I’ve just topped 12.000 words, so am a bit ahead of schedule and it feels good. Today was crazy. I thought I would have a lot of writing time, but a series of interruptions, some actual paying work that came up, and an infected (is it? I…

NaNo Starts Today

There is a lot going on in my life, and I honestly had begun to doubt if I’d be sitting here on November 1st, working on The Other Side of Murder. However, as the saying goes: you don’t find the time to write, you make the time to write.

Here, Kitty, Kitty

One question writers are often asked is, “How do you get your ideas?” Well, I can’t speak for all writers, of course, but in my case, it’s the ideas that seem to get me. My problem is not finding ideas to write about. My problem is that I have so many story ideas that there aren’t enough days in…

It’s Not Over When It’s Over

I’m sure new writers, people with stars in their eyes and ideas in their heads, probably think that the wisdom of the King of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland actually holds true:

“Begin at the beginning, “the King said gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”

While these words might work well for a portion of the process, getting to the end of a book most certainly isn’t the time to call it “done”. As a matter of fact, books don’t even usually begin at the beginning. Before you can even start the actual writing of your story, there is plotting, character development, outlining, research, and more to be done.

Then, you write “The End” … and you start all over again.

Grammar Snob

I have a confession to make. I’m a grammar snob.

In all areas of life but one, I am a very tolerant person. My heart is open to forgiveness, and I strive to show gratitude for all good things, and find things to be thankful for about the bad ones. There are very few things that really get my goat.

Bad grammar is one of those things.