Update Into the Pause

It feels like it has been forever since I last posted, but when I look it has been less than a week: a very packed week. As the whole world seems to hold its breath waiting on the results of the US election, I may as well step into the intake of breath and give…

Between Scylla and Charybdis

My idea for a novella challenge fell on fertile soil and at least two friends are interested in trying it with me. Another friend is considering it. So this may happen after all. Obviously the first thing to do if I want to do a novella challenge is to set up a reading list for…

A Novella Challenge?

The High Holidays are in the rear view mirror now. I always hope that I will emerge from them refreshed and a bit better. Sometimes that happens. Sometimes not. This year’s is still a question. Steve and I slept far more than we expected and were more tired and weak than is normal for Yom…

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…

Lessons From the Ultra Athletes

We’ve been inspired watching Eco-Challenge 2019 – Fiji (released in August 14, 2020). I think that there are lessons writers can take from ultra-athletes and I encourage you to watch this show. In any adventure race or ultrarun you see the same sorts of people. There are the leaders of the pack who know that…

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…

Welcome August!

Happy new month! August begins and brings with it new deadlines. I have a collection of short stories going to the editor this month. Steve has a book going to the publisher. I’m also focusing on getting my writing speed up (which really means spending more time actually writing when I am at my computer)…

52 Stories in 52 Weeks – A Burst of Joy

Last night I completed and turned in the last story of the Great Challenge (write 52 stories in 52 weeks). I’m beside myself with happiness. Too happy, in fact, to write a lessons learned from it. That will have to wait until tomorrow. I’m also too tired and too excited to be sure I’ve acknowledged…

Countdown: One Story Left

I turned in my latest story, another time travel piece called “Alexander the Great’s Kitten.” It came hard this week and I’ve realized something. The weeks where it comes hard are either down to my own demons of self-doubt or exhaustion. Both things I should have some control over. External problems I’m pretty good at…

Challenges

Yesterday I finally announced to Memphis Writers that I would be stepping away from my role as meeting facilitator for the Thursday night meetings. Memphis will open back up to business on May 4, but unfortunately the virus is still floating around and is a danger to Steve. Since I can’t risk bringing the virus…