A Long Way to Get From Here to There (finding your voice, etc)

"As far as my knowledge goes, children who have an early bent for writing have no special inclination to attempt the writing of fairy-stories, unless that has been almost the sole form of literature presented to them." J.R.R Tolkien, On Fairy Stories We'll get back to that in a second. My brain has been rattling … Continue reading A Long Way to Get From Here to There (finding your voice, etc)

Writing Retreat #2: no disasters, only microwavable mac and cheese

(I warned you that there may be no blog posts last week because I was giving myself a writing retreat, and lo and behold, there were none. Nevertheless, I'm back.) Last January I went away to give myself a writing retreat for a few days, back when I thought 2020 was gonna be a fantastic … Continue reading Writing Retreat #2: no disasters, only microwavable mac and cheese

Soundtracks by Mood: a Comprehensive Guide

I am one of those people who always writes to music. I never, never write without music playing. In fact, I'm listening to music right now. I actually listen to music pretty much constantly. I guess I just like life having a soundtrack. Like I live in a musical. Anywho. I generally listen to movie … Continue reading Soundtracks by Mood: a Comprehensive Guide

Mission Accomplished, Burn Out NOT Avoided

Good morning. Or good afternoon. Or whatever time of day you are reading this. But congratulations. You nearly made it to the end of 2020, a year no one saw coming, or at least I certainly didn't see coming, since I wrote this piece of gold at the beginning of the year: "2020 is cool. … Continue reading Mission Accomplished, Burn Out NOT Avoided

When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

This Saturday we (me?) talked about the Essay Box. Short recap: "Waaay back when I was applying for college (one day we’ll get into my college story, but it is not this day), I had to write a lot of papers explaining my “why”. Why I had chosen the majors I had chosen (at the … Continue reading When Your “why” Doesn’t Feel Special Enough

First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

"First drafts are supposed to be messy," a famous writer once said. Or maybe a conglomerate of famous writers. Or maybe that was just the internet screaming at us. We've all heard this maxim before and have been like "yeah yeah, I get it, but my draft isn't just messy it's a dumpster fire and … Continue reading First Drafts That Are as Bad as Skunks Smell

Introducing NaNoWriMo 2020 (let’s hope it’s not as bad as the rest of the year)

IT'S TIME. IT'S REALLY REALLY TIME. NaNoWriMo is coming up THIS WEEKEND. (AND The Mandalorian. We'll just ignore election day looming in the near distance). I'm am PUMPED. Oh and it's gonna be Halloween (almost time for me to sport my glow-in-the-dark elf years.) This will be my 5th year doing NaNoWriMo *gapes*. It's become … Continue reading Introducing NaNoWriMo 2020 (let’s hope it’s not as bad as the rest of the year)

Sorry, We’re Broke (do writers have to travel?)

So...you may have seen that blog circulating around with a title saying that if you want to be a fantasy writer you have to travel. Ahem. *climbs onto platform and gets notes into order* First off, I want to say that the title is deceptive, as the author never actually says those words in the … Continue reading Sorry, We’re Broke (do writers have to travel?)