We collect our tears because writer's tears are magical and can be used in various ways. If you don't collect your tears you should start. If you don't weep when you edit... well, you need to Edit Harder... and tears will happen. Writer's tear common uses Puting three, and Only three, drops into ones alcoholic… Continue reading Things writer’s tears are good for
Here is the thing about copyright... as soon as you write something it is copyrighted. BAM done. Conversation over. Unless you need to prove you wrote that work. Huh. Hmm. Or Amazon comes to you and says 'Hey, are you the owner of this work and also prove that you are.' And I was like… Continue reading Copyright when self-publishing? Yay? Nay?
Lost Magic is available August 30th! Almost time. I did a preorder this time which I have never done before. When it is done I will put up the physical book for sale as well. And I have pre-sold 2 books. I know. Impressive. Don't envy me. Anyway, it is up for preorder and it… Continue reading Lost Magic: Book 1 of the Alignment preorder
I have never read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) But I did watch some of the documentary on Netflix. I am the sort of person that rather likes clutter. I feel comfortable in it. Likely nostalgia. But things bring up… Continue reading Decluttering… does this bring me joy?
So this thing on twitter how you should stop working and focus solely on your writing amused me. Because we all know some famous authors before they became famous who worked while they wrote. I think it has something to do with being able to actually live. I don't know. It is a theory. If… Continue reading Stop working and start writing
This is often seen in fantasy fiction. The Chosen One. So use it. Go with it. And here is a guideline on how to do that. Make them male Just going to put that out there. And often white. Make them a young, white, male. Farmboy or lowly servant Make them start from simple beginnings.… Continue reading Writing: How to write the Chosen One
I noticed something on The Twitter. A lot of writers are INFPs, I noticed. And I suspect the Feeling aspect helps a lot. In life and in writing. And I was all alone in my INTPness. But we are out there. Likely randomly thinking about obscure theories and being oblivious to our environments. Now I… Continue reading The INTP me
So I dyed my hair purple. Because... why not, eh? I had cut it short and am on the way to growing it out long again. So while it is short I think I will muck about with semi-permanent colours to amuse myself. You can see it is currently in a curly state. It dried… Continue reading Purple
There are a lot of exasperating posts like this. But I have come across the true path to being a 'real' writer. I know that is hard to believe. But it came to me in a dream, so it is true. Dreams never lie, you know. And I nailed every point on being a real… Continue reading How to be a really, real writer
So I self-publish. And I have since the economy tanked and every agent letter I received back said 'due to the economy ... but this quite good'. So I just did it myself and make every mistake along the way but mistakes just make you better. And I am trying now to pick up my… Continue reading Adventures in traditional publishing: Query
And the war has continued since we were all told one space was now the thing to do. I keenly remember the effort it took to change manuscripts. And to learn to use that one space. And, man, it took some effort. But we were told a typewriter text is different than the designed ones… Continue reading Writing: Two spaces after the period? One?
So I have a few primary chronic illnesses and a few miscellaneous ones that currently make me unable to work. Fibromyalgia Chronic migraines, that are pretty much daily with a break here and there An unknown vestibular disorder that I have had for over a year now and still getting answers Major Depressive Disorder that… Continue reading The disabled writer
I have had a longlasting bout of depression that I am now on medication for. I am talking a decade of Major Depressive Disorder. I don't mean a bit of ennui although, yeah, I get that too... don't we all? But depression is a beast. It is quite effective medication for me. And you hear… Continue reading Creativity and depression
So we are writers. We are a little weird. We seclude ourselves for long periods of time and mumble about plotlines. And have imaginary chats with our characters. We may be hard to buy for but not as much as you think. Things to get your writer friends for the holidays! Pens. We have 50,000… Continue reading What writers want for Christmas
Today a couple of minutes ago I surpassed 50,000 words and won Nano at 50, 105. Average words per day 3748. I wrote in the morning and evening after taking my vertigo medication. Any other time, too woozy and dizzy to really write. And even as is it will be riddled with errors I will… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: In for the Win
The slump In Nanowrimo, I always hit the slump. That part of the novel where I just do not know directly where I am going with it, or need research, or just fall out of the groove. And the word count goes down. I get frustrated. I just want to move it along the path… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: the slump
There is a flaw I found one year on Nano working on a novel. I would write 3-5k a day. I can do it regularly. I am doing it right now. Except for today where I was laid out by illness. Such days occur as a disabled writer. Annoyed the hell out of me. But… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: one mistake not to make
On Twitter, writers are tagging to post your favourite lines of your current work in progress. I always find it hard to pick a section. So I picked the first death in the novel. Errors and all. It is the first draft. 😀 Other NaNoWriMo Posts: Nanowrimo: WIP images Nano: Progress report Nano: so it… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: a taste
So here are some images on the theme this work in progress is about. A sorcerer learning about her past on a mission for vampires she doesn't even like. All to save a witch she knows well. WORD COUNT: 23,168 NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo: Progress report NaNoWriMo: So it begins! NaNoWriMo prep
Word count: 13,792 This book is progressing faster than normal. I do tend to finish early anyway, but this is a good leap ahead in the start giving my illness. I do think I know why. This is the second book in a series. I Know this world. I Know this character and sub-characters. I… Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Progress report