So, where have I been? I spent a couple of months in Figment-land. Apparently there was a big dispute about whether adjectives are good or bad in literature. Little Bo Peep and her crew were in favor; those with shorter names were often not in favor. It was a mess. After the Figments, I went to Cawdor High, but it was on something called “summer break”. No one there. I did hear a rumor that Riley and Mr. Boogerschniggle had moved o...

All Good Things Come to an End
Uncategorized / January 26, 2018

I will be ceasing publication. It’s time to return to the Land of Figments and stop trying to be a Real Writer. My Figments need me; the Bobian is growing up; and Mr. Boogerschniggle really has better things to do than get involved in regurgitated Shakespearean plots. Thank you, if you’ve been a reader of mine. I’ll still be writing, but I won’t be trying to publish for the public any longer. I appreciate ever...

Where’s Zanzibar?
News / December 22, 2017

So, where have I been? I spent a couple of months in Figment-land. Apparently there was a big dispute about whether adjectives are good or bad in literature. Little Bo Peep and her crew were in favor; those with shorter names were often not in favor. It was a mess. After the Figments, I went to Cawdor High, but it was on something called “summer break”. No one there. I did hear a rumor that Riley and Mr. Boogerschniggle h...

NaNoWriMo: Day 18 (120,003)
NaNoWriMo / November 18, 2016

I have had a Eureka! moment. It was not, unfortunately, a good eureka moments, but it was still valuable. I’m a good writer. I’m not remotely humble about it. I mean, I have the moments of self-doubt and imposter syndrome, but I also read a lot. My writing is better than a lot of stuff out there and, in spite of the fact that I often use other stories as a jump-start to my writing, it’s more original. (As I said, I&...

NaNoWriMo: Day 16 (107,002) Owww!
NaNoWriMo / November 16, 2016

Last night at 11:00 pm, I made the crazy decision to try (again) for a 50k day. It may not have been the wisest choice, but I was starting a new novel (Cheyna and the Doorway to Everland) and the words were flowing and I don’t have too much to do today. A little food shopping. Some exercise. A shower if I want to persist in this thing called Real Life without being shunned. I’ve heard that those who manage a 50k day do wi...

NaNoWriMo: Day 15 (100k and some change; book 2)
NaNoWriMo / November 15, 2016

Sorry for missing yesterday. After a huge day on Sunday, I didn’t feel like blogging. Or writing. Or moving. I’ve hit the 100k mark (double-NaNo) and finished up book 2, The Word Runner. I’ve also realized The Word Runner went horribly wrong (I didn’t write it with any sort of an outline, just a vague concept) and I’ll have to rewrite the entire thing from chapter two onward. Ah well. Live and learn. Tod...

NaNoWriMo: Day 13 (81,953)
NaNoWriMo / November 13, 2016

I finally got my mojo back (or rested up enough) to get some serious wordage in yesterday. It didn’t start off the best, though. First, I went to an in-person write-in because I’m trying to be social for this event and I no longer belong to a certain group that has provided all my social interaction without leaving the house. Also, the in-person event had pastries. But mostly social, really. When I got there and set up al...

NaNoWriMo: Day 12 (75,091)
NaNoWriMo / November 12, 2016

I don’t feel like writing today. Actually, I don’t feel like being today. People on social media have caused so much furor that I’ve stopped reading or posting anything that doesn’t post there automatically. I’ve considered giving up my attempt at Real Person status. Then I considered trying to be a Real Person somewhere else. Then I just considered no longer being. Yeah, that’s where all you angry...

NaNoWriMo: Day 10 (74,088)
NaNoWriMo / November 11, 2016

I slowed way down yesterday. Way down. Like, I hit the accelerator and was going 60, then I slammed on the brakes at the first light. At least I was wearing my seat belt. Yesterday was day 10, 1/3 of the way into the NaNoWriMo challenge. For those of you who are despairing that you still have 2/3’s of the challenge left to go, let me comfort you with knowledge of my distress: I am not done with high word counts until all six bo...

NaNoWriMo: Day 10 (71,772)
NaNoWriMo / November 10, 2016

Why, oh why, did I decide to be Real when I did this year’s NaNo? My eyes hurt. My wrists/ hands/ fingers hurt. I have a niggling pain in my left elbow.  Yesterday I decided I was getting too fluffy, so I started amping up my exercise, so everything else hurts, too. This means you’re getting a short blog post today. If I added all my blog posts to my word count, I’d have another 5k. I could really use that additiona...

NaNoWriMo: Day 9 (63,782 words)- BackUp Your Work!
NaNoWriMo / November 9, 2016

A Cautionary Poem We backup to our hard drive; We backup to our mail. We backup without thinking; We backup without fail. We backup to a DropBox Or similar device; We backup to a flash drive; We even backup twice. We send it to our family; We send it to our friends. They send restraining orders And then the fun begins. Unless you like retyping A thousand words or more Backup your words this instant I beg, beseech, implore. Backup whe...