Magpie Musings

My book launch went better than my wildest dreams. At one point the book was listed as number ten in Amazon’s Top Releases, which was just breathtaking. I’m so beyond grateful I cannot express it. The buzz is settled down a bit, but the book is still doing quite well. I set up a Facebook…

One Ship Sails, Another Hull is Built

Last night I realized that the changes I was making to Thule were reaching the point where I was making the book different rather than better. It looks pretty good to me, now. Undoubtedly it still could be better, but it is time for the book to sail away and for me to start on…

Cruising Through Time

It’s been a while. I know that I actively owe correspondence to several people. If you are waiting, accept my apologies. I’ve had a hard time collecting my thoughts to write lately, whether in the blog or directly to people or in fiction. I suspect that a sleep deficit is to blame and I’m working…

The Journey Continues

Some weeks take us across a threshold of self and when we emerge we are subtly changed in ways that are invisible from the outside. So it has been this week. I feel a bit unsteady, as if I were taking over someone else’s blog, but here I am, ready to show up for whatever…

Smooth Sailing

Steve and I just completed Jessica Brody’s Save the Cat! Novel Writing Workshop. We found it an excellent video course, very well-organized and taught. It is based on her book of the same name and her workshops that she’s taught in person. It is a $12 a month charge to join her course Library, but…

Exciting Publishing News

One of the projects we wrote for this year is coming out on Kickstarter on Monday. Steve Jackson Games has announced its upcoming GURPS Pyramid Scheme: three brand new issues of Pyramid Magazine. We have articles in two of the issues. Even more exciting, when they shared the enticing image, it was our article they…

Enneagram for Character Development

A friend introduced me to the Enneagram recently as a tool for understanding character development and motivation. I’ve been playing with it since. I find it pretty easy now to assign most characters I read about or see in tv or movies to their numbers. Using it for creation feels a bit backwards though. I…

Eight Tips For Writing With Emotional Stress

To the surprise of practically no one, I didn’t get any writing done yesterday. This morning I’ve been doom scrolling and am still quite upset. I hope that you are doing what you need to do to soothe yourself. One thing I learned in the midst of the 52 week challenge was how to write…

Learning from Scripts

I just read the script for The Devil Wears Prada and was blown away by the storytelling. JMS left us nine scripts to read and that was the least scary to me, so I started with it first. And couldn’t stop reading. My iPad’s power slid down to 4% but I couldn’t tear myself away….

Shorts

I started the new year off right this week by writing and submitting a short story. The short story is called “Maccabees” and it is a crime story set during Hanukkah. If it isn’t accepted I have a few more ideas on where to send it. One of my friends who read it pronounced it…