ROW80 Round 3 Goals

Well, today starts a brand new Round of Words in 80 Days.  That means GOALS. 1) Write 20 days out of every 30.  This is an oldie but goodie and one I generally exceed, but it’s a solid productivity goal for me. 2) Finish the first draft of To Get Me To You.  I had expected to do […]

End of #ROW80 Round 1 Update

There’s one more day left in the round, but I have an Awesome Things post queued up for tomorrow, so I figure I might as well do the update now.   I only had 3 goals this round: Write 20 out of 30 Days Finish How To Train a Wild Elephant (which got changed because I […]

Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

The sounds of construction outside my office window have been giving me an eye twitch this week.  It looks like they’re building a big ass concrete bunker.  In fact it’s  a building that will be housing some kind of fancy pants servers.  I don’t care what it is…the sound of heavy construction equipment BEATING THINGS […]

Midweek #ROW80 Check-In

Well, the crazy is officially starting at the Evil Day Job.  For the next month, we are all about the grant submission. On the writing front, I’ve not actually started drafting the next book, but I clocked nearly 9k words in plot notes over the long weekend.  Boy do I wish I could write actual […]

Late Sunday Summary and #ROW80 Update

I forgot to post  yesterday because we were cleaning All The Things.  I conclude we have an infestation of gremlins or evil elves that are waiting until we go to sleep and setting bombs off in the house.  Because I clean and then I wake up and the house is a disaster again.  Yesterday was […]

On Blog Slacking

I started this blog in March of 2007.  I had others before that and created still more since (I have talked before about how I have this compulsion to grab blog real estate on a whim), but this is the one I’ve stuck with.  I’ve been blogging for seven years, almost every day.  I’ve never […]

Once More Into The Breach

Every year, I fall prey to NaNo fever.  This year was no different.  And today is opening day, as it were.  Everybody is off like a shot.  And I’m waving them on with wishes of good luck.  Sanity has prevailed. Trying to participate is even more insane than usual this year because I have 2 […]

Thoughts on Villains and Bones

Okay, this is about to get hugely spoilery, so if you are not more or less caught up on Bones, LEAVE NOW. Have you left? G O O D B Y E Still here?  Okay, then I presume you either don’t care about spoilers, or you’re caught up. Right. So, some of you may recall […]

Thinking About Origin Stories

I’ve been thinking about origin stories lately. Some of this is just part and parcel of developing new ideas and new characters.  As author, we have to figure out what the origins of our characters ARE, even if we don’t actually show them.  But sometimes I feel an urge to show them.  There’s a really […]

Where’s the Fan Service

So one of the major pitfalls of being a writer is that it makes it damn near impossible to read anything as a reader anymore.  We can’t NOT pull apart everything we read.  We can’t UNsee that shallow, pantsed plot or the clunky language choices, or the fact that the author has described what the […]