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)…

Submission Game Update

At this point in the Submission Game, I have 8 stories in the hands of editors. I’ve submitted 15 since the beginning of the year. According to the rules of the challenge, I have to resubmit every story to a new market once it is rejected. I’m beginning to see the results of that as…

Straczynski’s The Resistance Graphic Novel

It’s been a stressful week, not because of anything the week did to me but just because we are about to leave July and enter August and with August comes the school year as well as two deadlines. Last night I attended J. Michael Straczinski’s first chat with his Patreon supporters and it was wonderful….

Garmin Data Hack

Big wet kisses to the sweaty runners in my life. You amaze me with your diligence in running in this summer’s heat. Same to the walkers, yogis, cyclists, and all others working up a sweat and tracking it on your watch. I know that Garmin is under attack and we all fervently hope that they…

Historians, Archaeologists, and Other Good People

Sending love this morning to the academics in my life and everywhere else. I was reminded this week how vital their work and their willingness to reveal their research is to writers. In this case, Steve answered another writer’s request for help in his field. He did it immediately without thinking of his own convenience…

Semper Gumby

Last night ended our anniversary celebration week. It’s a significant number so we’d planned a huge trip including a dream marathon for Steve, a tour of vegan restaurants for Carolyn, and attendance at Origins to commemorate how large a part gaming played in our romance. But you all know that our plans were reduced to…

Playing the Submission Game

My Submission Challenge is to edit and send out a brand new story each month and then to resubmit that story when it is rejected. Preferably within 24 hours. And to keep it circulating until it’s been rejected at least 20 times. (Preferably more.) Eventually I will have more than 12 stories constantly circulating until…

Persistent, Forward Progress

My novel starts on a cliff face with my character inching her way up, while her boyfriend continues an argument. As I think about my character and her journey into love, danger, and back into time, I realize just how central growing up in Colorado is to my attitudes. I’m part of three small writing…

Starting Up the Mountain

I’ve been thinking a lot about my characters for the book I’m working on. While I mostly write into the dark, I’ve found it helps me to have a feel for the characters before I start or, in most cases, as I’m writing the first 1,000 words. I need to feel them before their voices…

WooHoo!

We’re celebrating today because Secret Project #2 is now with the publisher. We are still bound by our NDA so I still can’t tell you what to expect, but the project is now sailing toward completion and we are thrilled beyond words. It was hard rowing for a bit but worth it for the quality…