Novel

Full length novels

Time Tracking

Because of a whole bunch of things I’m giving a shot to better time tracking for a little while. Not sure I’ll do it forever, but I’m going to aim for through March. Though March might be a bad month, is there a good month? Why? I want to better understand where my time is going. What am I spending time on that I don’t want to. Am I doing the things with my life I want to? Am I…
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Information and Confessions

Information is critical You are undoubtedly not surprised by this. If you are, I’m concerned about you. Seriously. Sci Am points out that the free flow of scientific information is critical for democracy. You should also not be surprised by this. But it is a very good article about it. About what is reasonable and what isn’t. And for sharing that information? The Sunlight Foundation has a list of who is allowed to talk and who isn’t. It is actually…
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Monthly Review

Something I want to try to do more or be more transparent, or consistent about is …reviews. So my monthly review. January I wanted to try to get some stuff cleaned up, get back into writing more, and get sorted out what my next audiobook project was. I did do more writing. I’ve been writing/rewriting/editing one of my Smoke Jumper novellas. It is actually going ok. Not perfect, but pretty well. I’m fading in and out on working on it,…
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Jenna’s Books

Jenna is the protagonist in a trilogy, or I thought it was a trilogy. Or it might still be a trilogy. Jenna’s Series It is an urban fantasy with a heavy layer of tech, rather than an eschewing of tech (which is something I want to see more of an if anyone has any great suggestions that are UF that aren’t anti-tech, bring it on!) Book 1 The first book was written about three years ago now. It has some…
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My Approach to NaNoWriMo

I’m going to talk a bit about my approach to Nanowrimo this year… It may be TMI? Maybe? I’m trying to share. I was talking with someone recently about how much I love Mur Lafferty’s I Should Be Writing podcast. She’s so open and honest. (Or appears she is at least.) I like the ones where she just tells you how she’s feeling and what’s happening even more than the interviews. Like oh, she can do it, not every day…
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Plan your novel!

Now! Dammit! Or else! Plan your novel. (This is dear me, love me, you can do whatever you want.) I need to do some more planning as the end of the month looms large. Project? Easy: Jenna’s first novel, a full rewrite. (That part is hard, knowing was it is is the easy part, also reading that sentence, hard.) Pre-November steps: Make a Pinterest board (or rather add to the one I already have) Pull out and enhance physical descriptions…
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Writing as a Job

I read a bunch about writing as a job. Chuck Wendig started the rabbit hole with a response to an article by Merritt Tierce at Marie Claire and then an article at Billfold by Ester Bloom who wrote another article at Medium which published another article by Martin Rezny. There is no way this is all that was written in response to this article or any of these.  And now I’m going to contribute to this noise with my post! Late!…
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Voice

Jacquelyn Lorin has a fantastic post about voice and branding. I’ve been thinking about this. She talks about branding and platform and does a brilliant job so I’d recommend just reading that. Voice It is something I struggle with. Unsurprisingly. I think most people have when they start writing. At least there is a lot of stuff out there you can read about finding it and I don’t really get any of it. Oddly I have (I think) a very…
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Formatting pt 2

Formatting pt 2, I promised there would be more! What to include? The thing that was hard for me was what do you put in a book. I looked at something like hundreds of ebooks. I looked at giant well known published by huge companies books and lots and lots of self published books. There are things all books should have, but even that? Not every book is the same. I really liked this outline from JA Konrath Copyright The…
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Formatting

I promised to talk about formatting for Dangerous Metal so here it is. (For a straight up roundup of formatting links I’ve already made that post.) If you have questions about it please let me know! For me there were really two elements to formatting. One technical. (Not entirely difficult, I used Scrivener, which made it much easier.) The other just…what should a book look like. This post got long so this is mostly just the techincal piece. Why I…
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