Erev Rosh Hashanah

This is a pre-written, scheduled Rosh Hashanah post. This Rosh Hashanah I’ll be doing a series of posts on the past, present, and future. Today’s post is about the past. I’ll be back in the (virtual) flesh on Sunday night. Whenever Rosh Hashanah arrives, I can’t help but think of my father whose birthday often…

The Tow

I’m doing some prep work on a book right now that will involve adventure racing, so I’m reading books and articles. Steve and I are watching various edgy races as well. A race team is only as fast as its slowest member, so it makes sense that teams try to find ways to help slower…

A Trolley Problem for Writers

A friend of mine wrote a book on how he became a top selling Amazon writer within the last four years and it’s a fun read so far. I don’t think of him as this funny in real life. But that is the value of editing first drafts, I suppose, you can heighten the funny…

Conflicts in Time

I am capable of holding space for many contradictory things and not having them feel at odds. This is clearly my problem with conflicting dates. I’m just not great at dates. Thankfully I married a historian and can normally assign date maintenance to him. But not this time. I’ve known, vaguely, in the back of…

NaNoWriMo Goes Virtual

A friend of mine who had a small publishing empire before self-pub was a thing, memorably said in response to being questioned on whether she would participate in NaNoWriMo that year: “No. Every month is NaNoWriMo to me.” I always admired and was a bit intimidated by that remark. Would it ever be the case…

Graphic Stories

You’ve heard about graphic novels and just plain old novels. But there is something else around that is different. There’s no market for this as far as I know. But a number of 3D enthusiasts use Daz 3D to create graphic stories. These are stories where the narrative takes a profoundly second place to the…

Making Art

I’ve written here before about what a boon to my writing art can be, but I don’t think I’ve ever talked about the programs I love using to create art. I primarily use three programs: Daz 3D, PhotoShop, and Topaz Studio. Daz 3D is a 3D creation tool with plenty of assets that can be…

Not All Trolls…

I woke up this morning thinking about the problem of trolls. Then I accidentally stumbled into news and visuals from the west before my morning tea. My soul is rent by the fires sweeping through the west. Be safe, friends. I am holding hope and love in my heart for you. On to the problem…

New Life for Old Projects

I have a short story due in about a week for the Fantasy Intensive next weekend, plus a few gaming articles to get done in the next couple of weeks and incorporating the editors suggestions for the gaming supplement we wrote. Those have my full attention. Plus I have a long list of other things…

Religion in Stories

Yesterday I talked about my excessive fear of offending people as self-centered, which it is. It is neatly disguised as other-directed, but in my case my primary concern is with people liking me rather than their own feelings. This is work I need to do on my self to become a better person and a…