It's impossible to make something from nothing. I spend a lot of time feeling guilty for things. It's one of my flaws, and like many flaws it can also be a strength. It's good to know what your impacts on others are, and it's good to try to mediate those impacts as you are able.... Continue Reading →
When I started writing I understood how to write a happy ending. And then, for a while, I lost that magic. I used to think that my writing had to be serious and dark, the kind of thing you could cut yourself on. I thought of this as the kind of art that real artists... Continue Reading →
I have a work plan so I can keep up with my monthly To Do List. It looks like this: There are good parts of having a work plan. For example, I always know what I want to be working on next. Sort of. I mean I know what I wanted to be working on... Continue Reading →
As you all know, or maybe you don't, I've been writing a decent amount (for me) of short fiction lately. I think this is mostly me trying to explore a medium that doesn't require a months-long commitment to a single world but still allows me to explore imagery and concepts that catch my fancy. I've... Continue Reading →
Short post this week, but a fun one! I encountered the Random City Generator a few months back, and I've really been enjoying playing with it. While I haven't been doing a great deal of mapping for my stories recently, I do use maps a lot to visualize different communities. Previous to this, I have... Continue Reading →
With that in mind, I wanted to share with you some Twitter accounts, websites, and generally informative paraphernalia for the writing-inclined. These links are mostly targeted towards fantasy and science fiction writers.
National Novel Writing Month is a cool idea, and I usually try to participate in some fashion every year. The first (and much different) draft of my first book was written in this time. I've never made 50,000 words, as I've mentioned elsewhere, but I usually do somewhere between 20-30,000, since I find it useful... Continue Reading →
I'm not a pantser, but I'm not a planner either. I'm more of a baker of stories, when it comes down to it.
The S.O. and I are watching Avatar: The Last Airbender together. It's a rewatch for me, first time through for him, and we love it a lot. I preface this post with that love, because I'm about to wade into a wide-scale critique of a flaw I find sort of annoying with a lot of... Continue Reading →
This past weekend was Labor Day, and therefore I got a long weekend. The S.O. and some friends had planned to go on a hike sometime in late summer or fall, and they invited me along. I was slightly skeptical, but I went. I'm glad I did. But that was a humdinger of a hike,... Continue Reading →