Countdown: Seven Stories Left

Last night I turned in the 45th story in 45 weeks which means just seven more stories before I finish the Great Challenge. I’m pretty excited by that. This week’s was another cat story, this time set in a contemporary setting: “Viral Vengeance.” Evie’s bank account bleeds money but she can’t go out and make…

Countdown: Eight Stories Left

Another fun cat story has purred its way into my heart. This time it takes place in the Thule world. The men are set up for a Viking board game, but Magnihild’s cat is playing his own game in “The Ginger Gambit.” Now just eight stories left before the end of the challenge. C.L. Polk…

Countdown: Nine Stories Left

I missed yesterday’s blog post, which means that this starts my streak over again at one. I’m ok with that because last night I turned in my 43rd short story in 43 weeks. There are just nine left in the challenge. This week’s story is another light Argosy story and my first cat story, “Tales…

Just Ten Stories Left: The Countdown Begins!

I’ve finished the 42 short story in 42 weeks. This week’s story is “Tales from the Argosy: The Case of the Bloody Stranger.” There are just ten left in the challenge. And this week I worked on the novel. I helped a friend with WordPress. I set up a dinner party. I edited and beta…

Blog Streak

Yesterday was my 85th consecutive blog post, which is kind of amazing. A few years ago, I started keeping this blog on a weekly, then a monthly basis to answer my mother’s two questions: “How is the writing going?” and “Are you done yet?” As it turned out, those were not burning questions for her….

Rejection and the Velocity Challenge

Nowhere does “Trust the Process” feel as shaky as it does when I contemplate submission and the inevitable rejections. I know logically that even top writers have their work rejected. I know it takes hundreds of submissions to get an acceptance. But I’m still hesitant. This weekend Dean Wesley Smith wrote about “Rejections” and Seth…

NaNoWriMo Gratitude

I wrote this morning’s post and forgot the most important thing, which was to thank the people that made this win possible. Rather than revising the previous post and trying to wedge this in, I’m giving it its own space. Jenny, JLo, and Max have been my boon companions on this journey. If NaNoWriMo were…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 30

I passed the 50,000 word mark in the afternoon at the library in the presence of friends. So I won NaNoWriMo. Afterwards my brain declared that it wouldn’t work for the rest of the day. That’s fine. It deserved some time off. Today I still need to get the short story to Dean by midnight….

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 30

Last day of NaNoWriMo and a tough one for me. Last night I fell asleep mid-sprint and banged my head against my monitor. Unsurprisingly, I’m tired today. I need about 4,300 words to complete NaNoWriMo with a win. That’s a lot of words by midnight tonight. Fortunately I have a secret weapon: dictation. I use…

NaNoWriMo 2019 – Day 29

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! I ended up relaxing a bit more than I anticipated. My Internet went out in the morning and has remained out. Since yesterday was Thanksgiving, I decided to give myself the day off to enjoy the day. Today I will find my way to a cafe and write there….