Play, Not Perfection

Whenever possible, I write with friends. It keeps me focused on writing and sharing the work makes it more fun. Also we help each other brainstorm. Yesterday and the day before I had trouble concentrating through a headache and backache. No matter what I did I couldn’t focus hard enough to work on an edda….

Is Steepster Pining for the Fjords?

One of my favorite social media sites, steepster.com, looks like it is pining for the fjords. After a bit of research I found the owner’s July 7 post on Twitter saying that they’d sold the site to “people who will be able to support and grow the site.” Just a month later and the site…

Social Wealth For Writers

We are watching David Baldacci’s MasterClass in the evenings while Steve lifts weights. One thing Baldacci said about research struck me. He lives just outside of Washington, D.C. and previously worked as a lawyer there. He talked about the importance of personal contacts, of connecting to experts and people with the real world experience that…

Fangirl Flusterings

I try to contain my enthusiasms. I really do. Sometimes they just burst forth. Today is that kind of day. I’m excited because one of my favorite authors has a Kickstarter for one of my favorite series. That is Kristine Kathryn Rusch’ Diving Into the Wreck series. She is also one of my favorite writing…

Empathy

In a down payment for Steve’s real birthday celebration (which will come long after his actual birthday) we had a lovely dinner and watched Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic on Freddie Mercury and Queen. The movie was wonderful, almost an opera in the way it used music as a counterpoint, a way of emphasizing certain aspects…

So You Think You’ve Been Mentioned Here…

A friend asked whether I had mentioned them here, guessing correctly that the answer to that question was yes. I thought today would be a good time to clarify my personal policy on mentioning other people in my blog. Since I’m mostly writing about my life and writing, it is inevitable that I will talk…

The Slow Road

There is a myth in a lot of fields, especially from people looking in from outside, that you need talent to get anywhere. Perhaps talent helps, but I doubt it at this point. In fact, I doubt that anything helps except the grit to work hard and keep working hard at it while learning everything…

Chaos Into Order

Yesterday was crazy and because it came after several days of late nights, I fell asleep early, before doing my critical daily streak items, including this blog. This shows me that some things can’t be put off until later, including this blog entry. So I’ll do it first thing in the morning, while drinking my…

Playing Around

Play is so important to the arts. One of the groups I’m a part of focuses on accountability, brainstorming, and writing together. The other group focuses on critique. I find both groups phenomenal in their own way. The accountability/brainstorming/writing together group has more of a sense of playfulness. No idea is in stone. At any…

Gamification

My husband, a lifelong gamer, finds gamification a waste of his time. He’s always possessed enormous discipline so his motivation comes from somewhere deep inside, a core of goodness I lack. I gamify as much as I can and it works like a charm for me. I write using 4theWords, a program where you explore…