Blogs can take over, can’t they? They’re social, fun, and ultimately addictive, leading many of us away from the activities that led to them in the first place. In my ongoing quest to get back to writing fiction, I’ve done more than cut back on my posts. I’ve taken steps to rein in my blog’s apparent desire to have things its way (that is, controlling all of my time). Some of those steps are small, like the one I’ll discuss in this post. Small, yes, but they can have unexpected benefits. Continue reading
I’m spending time getting reacquainted with my Muse and dealing with busy “real life.”
My blog visits will be limited to one day per week. And if you post more than once a week, I’m sorry, but I have to cut back to a single post to read. All aspects of my “blogging life” need to be pruned into manageable portions. That’s the only way my fiction can move forward.
And it has inched forward. I added about one thousand words this last week, which is a flood these days. I’m working on keeping that momentum going!
Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the day I first sat down at the computer and began writing my first novel. I don’t know how many writers keep track of such an anniversary, but it’s in my nature to do something like that.
And I tend to be reflective when anniversaries arise. So now that I’ve spent five years on this journey, what have I experienced? And where am I heading? Continue reading
As many of you know, I’m rebuilding the first novel I wrote. In fact, we’re coming up on the 5-year anniversary of the day I sat down at the computer and typed out the first words of the first version (14 April 2009). So much has changed since those heady first days when the story was new and my confidence ran high. You might think I would have everything thought out by now for the rebuild. I would be lying if I said I did.
This is my fifth review as a member of NetGalley, a digital review service where professional readers (such as librarians, bloggers, booksellers, educators, and those in the media) can obtain free advance copies of forthcoming books from publishers for review. The Here and Now was written by Ann Brashares, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and My Name is Memory. The publisher, Delacorte Press (owned by Random House), categorizes the book as Juvenile Fiction—Girls and Women (ages 12 and up). The book will be published on 8 April 2014. There are no spoilers in this review.
I’m in a stretch of being busy with the day job, exhausted with winter, and struggling with self-doubt on the writing. Continue reading
I’m an archaeologist. As you’d probably expect, I’m fascinated by the past and the myriad events and decisions that led to the world we know today. Excavating sites and finding clues to our history may be hard, physical work, but it’s also invigorating and thought-provoking. Continue reading