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Read more Read more is one of the top words of wisdom on how to be a better writer. I like to think I read a decent amount, but I don’t read much outside my favorite genres. I like what I like and I spend a lot of my reading time there. Which is great. Reading is valuable. And hopefully I don’t start reading so critically that I find the fun of it slipping away. Read out of genre I…
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2016 Goals

Not resolutions but goals and plans I don’t love making resolutions, but I do think that the new year is a good time to consider plans for the upcoming year and what goals I have. And what strategies will get me there. Part of this is the world is full of looking back on the last year and looking forward to the new year. Part of it is I spend a lot of time at my day job with year-end…
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Ravens and Wolves

Ravens and wolves work together to hunt? I would read the hell out of the modern fantasy take on that. I listened to an episode of Mysterious Universe (14.24 – this link skips right to the relevant part, but if you are interested in penises, pain, Mayan altered perceptions, and stingrays, rewind a bit – but you’ve been warned). The guest was Matt Kaplan (he wrote Science of the Magical) who had a bunch of interesting things to say about…
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Book Recommendations

Books and Holidays and Gifts and Stuff It is winter gift season, post NaNo reading season, cold snuggle up with a warm bowl of soup and a wonderful sweater season, and year end wrap up season. I am far from the first person to say this of course, but I am prompted now to say my own thoughts and recommendations. There are really good lists out there already full of great book/art/music/etc recommendations. Try Whatever’s annual lists of traditional books,…
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Nano Update – Done

Done I’m done. I wash my hands of it. I actually finished on the 23rd with the bulk of the book. I went through and put in notes where I need to fix things. I pulled the first book into the Scrivener along side it so that I can make sure I’ve got good continuity between the two. This seems like what it was made for. I can have open my information about her magnetic bracelet (more like this –…
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NaNo Update 2

I’ve got less than 7000 to go to get to the shiny Nano 50K goal. Less than 10K to get to the end of the first draft. What does that mean? If I Finish Early I’m going to go back and write the Missing Chapters. I am really good about backing things up. I actually have four copies of the files for the first book in this series. None of them have the Missing Chapters. I’m starting to wonder if…
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NaNoWriMo Update 1

The first week of NaNoWriMo is nearly over. It’s time to check in on goals and update where I am. Pre-November – a little late update My outline was ok, I’m continually working and reworking it as I go. I slipped in another subplot I hadn’t written down but had foreshadowed several times so apparently it was on my mind. My on-the-go writing plan has been fairly successful. I’m using Scrivener this year, which does not have an on-the-go component….
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Bonus Goals

NaNoWriMo’s basic goal is write 50,000 words in a month. Start November 1 and write to get to that word count goal. Everything about it is focused on that number. How many words a day, how far behind are you, how far ahead etc… I’ve done that a few times and I’m ready for other goals. Nothing crazy like 100,000 words (I already have a full time job!) or counter productive like write two stories. Pre-November First Goals: Have an…
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Planning Mire

I’m mired in planning. I have entered the bog of I Have No Clue What Happens Next. My characters are mostly returning from prior book (though a couple of new ones, and a few more developed who will get more words). This should make it easier. It has not. One of the themes I currently have happening in the book, as it is half planned, is fighting apathy. Apathy is a really difficult foe. How does apathy fight back? By…
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NaNoPlanO!

Good news! I finished up my last project. It’s now siting comfortable in the To Be Edited Q. Also good news! I really like the novel that I was feeling like I ought to write the follow up to. It was good enough that as I was doing a reread to make sure I knew where I was at I got engaged with the characters, I didn’t get frustrated about the edit work (I know it needs 2-4 passes!), and…
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