My Words Are on Vacation
Uncategorized / August 18, 2016

I have no words. I have a theory that the more real I become, the harder words become to find. How do normal people write? How unreal do you have to be for words to flow like sunshine down the side of an ice floe? I’m not sure, but I think this reality thing is way overrated. I got a day job. It was part of an experiment to see if I could become Real. The day job, however, has now consumed my life and, in effect, become my reality. This is no way to be real. I come home too tired to write and my creativity is sucked down a drain with dirty dishwater. And I have no words. Sometimes I still think clever thoughts. I still have a moment when I ignore the pressing in of the “must do” list and just bask in the warmth of a moment of clarity and vision. Then an alarm beeps or a break ends and the moment runs away, as flighty as a skittish deer in a forest. And it takes my words. How do I set aside a space for this side of me, for the me that is fragile…

Your Life Main Character
Uncategorized / August 16, 2016

  We’ve all heard the saying (if you haven’t, lie to me; I don’t mind): be the main character in your story. I think maybe it’s brought us a profound sense of deserving to be the main character… and has also led us to believe that being anything but the main character is somehow less. I’ve decided I’m not the main character in my story. Why would I want to be, anyway? Some of my very favorite characters of all time were not main characters: Sam Gamgee from Lord of the Rings, Catwoman from Batman, So why the fight to be the main character? Maybe it’s because the current societal mindset is one of entitlement. You are entitled to be rich! famous! happy! blahblahblah! We’re not entitled to anything. I watched the movie Joy this weekend (largely because I wanted to watch the lovely J-Law; don’t judge). One quote stood out to me: Don’t ever think that the world owes you anything, because it doesn’t. The world doesn’t owe you a thing. – Joy This rang so true to me that I’ve been holding onto it for days now. The world doesn’t owe me anything. It doesn’t owe me wealth….

Summer Indie Book Awards Nominations
Uncategorized / August 9, 2016

  I have been nominated for an indie book award for The Annals of Bobian.  I’m super-excited and hope you’ll all vote, whether you vote for me or any of the other nominees. However, not to rest on my laurels, you should go vote to nominate your favorite indie books here as well. If you’re interested in reading The Annals of Bobian and haven’t, leave a comment here. I’ll choose one person from the comments to win a free book. I’m still waffling between e-book and paperback– which is better than pancaking. Finally, here is the official post from Metamorph Publishing concerning the awards and nominations. 2016 Summer Indie Book Awards! The cold of winter is setting in, at least for those of us in the northern Hemisphere of the world. But we at Metamorph Publishing aren’t letting that get us down! We’re already looking forward to a sizzling summer, and we’re here to announce our first annual Indie Book Awards! You heard that right, a summer book awards! The event officially begins on January 1st of each year, and nominations will be accepted through midnight CST on August 31st each year. Voting will begin on September 1st and end…

Pacemaker Summer Olympics
Uncategorized / August 4, 2016

I’m a speedy writer. When I say that, I’m not bragging. I’m also a writer with a moderate attention span. I prefer to slam through a first draft in 45 days and be done with it than belabor over it for months and months. I have been working on The Wicked Witch of Whatever, off and on, since November. Pacemaker, a project writing website, is having a challenge called the Pacemaker Summer Olympics. In this challenge, writers set a word goal of at least 400 words per day between August 5th and August 21st (the dates of the Summer Olympics). Pacemaker has a “fluctuating” setting, so I won’t be writing the same amount every day, but each day will be at least 400 words. Also, because Zanzibar (the place) is in Tanzania (the country), that’s the country I’m representing. What about you? Want to join me for a little word challenge fun? Go to https://pacemaker.press/challenges/summer-2016-olympics. Set up an account if you don’t have one and make or choose a plan. Then sign up for a country. There’s low participation right now, so you could make some obscure country famous (modestly famous) by winning. I don’t have to have challenges to do…

Mall Cats?
Uncategorized / August 2, 2016

I am a fan of Pokémon Go. I’m also a fan of people watching. Since I’m having issues (again) with getting teen lingo right in my current WIP, I went to the local-ish mall to do some hunting and watching. It turns out this was the mall for People of Significant Monetary Means. Figments are not People of Significant Monetary Means. I stayed anyway, because this mall had some very nice Pokémon just wandering around (and a lot of Pokestops). But I learned a few things: People in convertibles are exempt from all traffic rules and can drive however they want because they have a convertible. People are happy to drive around for an hour on the main level looking for parking rather than driving to a different, less convenient, level to park quickly. Older girls (sometimes grown women) and their mothers walk around arm-in-arm or arm-around-shoulder in malls, even if it’s very crowded and people can’t get past them. Is this a fad? The last time I saw women walking around like this was when I watched Anne of Green Gables. For research, of course. There may be more Pokémon at the malls of People of Significant Monetary Means….