Planning

Stories

Stories drive everything. One of my day job goals is to do more, and more effective storytelling. Something I feel is lacking in my stories is plot. Just not enough of it. I tend to drive away from conflict personally, so sometimes I do too much of that in my stories. So one of my writing goals is to conflict more. (In my stories…not in my life.) Stories and Pixar! Pixar has a class on storytelling at Khan Academy. You…
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Hard Work and Failure

I’ve been thinking a bit about hard work and failure being opposite sides of the same coin. Birthday wishes When you do something that requires zero effort, like blowing out the candles on a birthday cake and wishing for something and then you don’t get that thing? It’s not a big deal (or it shouldn’t be). It can suck that you didn’t get it, it can be something you desperately needed, but then it won’t be, damn it wishing just…
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Libraries are awesome!

Check out your local library

I was trying to figure out what to post about, I have one that I’ve been working on about unconditional love and my rant about it, that’s not ready yet. But while I was doing it a few things happened. I got a notification that a book I’d been wanting to check out was available, I found a couple of resources I’d been wanting some more information on (audio mixing, I’m trying to get better and faster, and website security),…
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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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Strong women

So this is a post I’ve been thinking about for…months? At least. Strong women. Strong female characters. I’m writing this Sunday after the marches around the world yesterday, which, great, now what? And what does that mean? And whole lot of other stuff. This is going to be a messy post. I’ll come back and edit later, and it will still be messy so be warned. And crabby…I get crabby… A story about strong women I’m sitting having dinner with…
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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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How can I help?

I wrote earlier this week about writing for my niece. The second piece of this is something I’ve been struggling with for a while. Why me? I created a podcast. (You might have heard of it, 600 Second Saga.) This makes me a gatekeeper of sorts. Not a super fancy gate wearing gatekeepers (that’s what real gatekeepers do right? wear gates?) but one nonetheless. I read a lot of other submission guidelines along the way to creating mine. Some of…
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I Write for…

My niece. She’s not old enough to read my work. (And if my sister reads this, don’t ever let her read a few of them!) She may never actually read my work, and I’m entirely ok with that. But I write for my niece anyway. I remember reading when I was a wee bite sized person and clearly I could never be any of those book people. I mean obviously. They were mostly men. They were brash and ballsey (again,…
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2017 Goals

So last week I made a post about what I did in 2016. Now it is time for some planning goals for 2017. Writing My goals are 2-3 novellas, 5-10 flash pieces, 1 novel. I’d prefer to say that I know which novel it will be. I’ve been thinking a lot about Jenna’s novel and what to do with it. I may be posting about that coming up. Still thinking. More Smoke Jumpers pieces are absolutely in the works. One…
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