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...

NaNoWriMo: Day 7 (55,802)
Motivation Monday , NaNoWriMo / November 7, 2016

I have run into a wall… and it wasn’t all friendly-like. Sundays are traditionally a recharge day for me, but it’s NaNo. Recharge means I wrote a little over 4k, finished up the cover and formatting for The Wicked Witch of Whatever, and hit the shiny “publish” button. Today, I don’t want to write. And this is honestly the thing that will separate me from the pack when it come to the long-term. Beca...

NaNoWriMo: Day 6 (52,132) ONE BOOK DOWN
NaNoWriMo / November 6, 2016

I did it. Yesterday I crossed into the hallowed halls of “I’ve written an entire book and the rest of you can suck it” land (only with more joy and less “suck it”). I hit 50k (FINALLY) and I finished the first of the six books I’m attempting in November. Yes, yes. I hear the naysayers now: 50k isn’t really a book. Maybe a novella. Maybe a very short novella, for people who don’t like to...

NaNoWriMo: Day 5 (45,036) DOUBLE-UP DAY
NaNoWriMo / November 5, 2016

It’s #DoubleUpDay for #NaNoWriMo2016… but more on that in a moment. First, the important things. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! It’s Day 5 of NaNoWriMo2016 and I still haven’t made what was my ambitious Day 1 goal: 50k. Not only does this mean I haven’t reached my goal, but it means NO PIE! Yes, I will get pie today, but I could have had pie yesterday, and that’s wha...

NaNoWriMo: Day 4 Pep Talk
NaNoWriMo / November 4, 2016

I’ve had a few writers tell me that my word count intimidates them (although I know others who have even higher totals). That made me think: is trying to achieve a high word count actually hurting someone else’s journey? No. I finally settled on no. We’re not all running the same race here. Some of you are brand new writers, trying out this adventure for the first time. Some of you just do it for fun. And some of us...

NaNoWriMo: Day 4 (34,315)
NaNoWriMo / November 4, 2016

Well, snot slugs in a bucket. I did not make my word count goal yesterday. I didn’t even make my low-end word count goal, which is to always have a 10k day. Close (9,800), but no dice, cigars, or fruity drinks. We’ll fix that today. I slept well tonight (although the concept of needing sleep is still something I’m learning) and I had social time yesterday at a real-live write-in, so I’m ready to be focused. Fo...

NaNoWriMo: Day 3
NaNoWriMo / November 3, 2016

I am just shy of halfway to finishing official NaNo: 24,718 words. I was going to try for the extra 300-ish words last night, but I was completely out of juice. I had managed a one-hour walk out in the cold and rain as well as attended my first write-in.  I’m working hard on my NaNoBingo card; as soon as I have a win, I’ll post a picture of it here. I’m going for a blackout, but we’ll see. Maybe one kind of ov...

NaNoWriMo: Day 2 (12k)
NaNoWriMo / November 2, 2016

Yesterday I had the lofty dream of reaching a #50kDayOne day. Nahhhhh…. I’m pretty sure the Conductor saw fit to send me a crew of construction ninjas, who proceeded to make the most awful sound. I will have to find an appropriate book to memorialize the construction ninjas in; I’m not sure they fit in anything I currently have. Maybe… the Bobian could take them on. Anyway, I made it to 12k. Exactly. It’...

NaNoWriMo: It Begins
NaNoWriMo / November 1, 2016

Let’s keep it short, since my word count goal is high today: 50k. At 2am Pacific Time, NaNoWriMo 2016 begins for me. Let’s do this. Are you with me?

Needed: Social Reality Manager
Uncategorized / October 25, 2016

So… my social reality manager quit. I’m a Figment. I’m not real. I have to have a real person to interact with reality for me. I’ve had the same person since the very beginning.  Unfortunately, she up and quit on me due to what she called “the stresses of the job”. This means I’m now limited in how I can interact with my beloved fanbase. Apparently Facebook frowns on unreal people using their...

NaNoWriMo Prep: Testing the Waters
NaNoWriMo Prep / October 17, 2016

If you’re not flat-out pantsing NaNo this next year (and I’m a fan of not pantsing the first finish, but I know that everyone is different), how do you get the plot from point A (the beginning) to point Z (the end) without writing it all out? One way is linear. Use the old outlining method to just plug from beginning to the end with as much detail as you find necessary. It would look like this: I. Part I A. Chapter One 1....