Shop Talk: Give Yourself Credit for What You’re Doing

00:00 Hi everyone. It has been a while since I’ve done a shop talk video. I think my last one may honestly have been May, and this is part and parcel of this month’s topic now that I’m finally getting back to it. I’ve been very busy this year and I kept allowing things to […]


Working with an Editor: Not Change, But Evolution

While I worked for years – twelve of them – on my book, I knew one day I’d eventually send it to an editor as the final trial before publication. What I pictured that editor doing to my book either involved many measuring tapes and 10x magnifying loupes, many feather dusters or many match books. […]

Projects on my Plate

I’m in a very to-do listy mood today. Sometimes all the joy I get comes from planning and deciding on directions and next steps. Thankfully this doesn’t happen every day, because plans never engaged don’t go far. I spent yesterday afternoon playing Skyrim. I figure listy moods probably come from the deep, painful, lingering guilt […]

NaNoWriMo Recap

I suppose I should talk about NaNoWriMo. About juggling multiple projects in a month-long attempt to write 50,000 words. I did the same for last year’s NaNoWriMo in this post and that format seems as good as any to rip off and use again. Goal Checklist Complete a new draft of Love & Pickpockets, goal of […]


I Delete Words During NaNoWriMo.

My goal is to finish stories, not to gather words I know will be deleted with shame and haste on December first. I don’t count my tweets. I don’t count my blog posts, or newsletter content. There’s a rallying cry I often hear in the throes of November: “It still counts!” But, to what purpose? […]


Happy Halloween (aka NaNoWriMo’s Eve)!

Tomorrow I begin NaNoWriMo. I am writing this on Sunday, ahead of attempting to do much prep work to figure out my stories. Hopefully by the time this post publishes, I will have them leashed and under control. Since I last posted, Flotsam has undergone a shift, which you can hear about in my YouTube […]

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