Damn The Writing Rules—What Do Readers Like?

My alpha reviews have come in for Death Out of Time. They’re extremely helpful. The cat appears to be alive, although it needs serious attention. I’m mulling over the review comments and letting them sink in before I make any changes to the manuscript.

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A local cat, probably from a nearby farm. It looks extremely healthy. My manuscript needs some work to look this good.

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A Newly Drafted Manuscript Is Like Schrödinger’s Cat

Have I confused anyone yet? If you’re a fan of “The Big Bang Theory,” you might remember Sheldon using Erwin Schrödinger’s thought experiment when both Penny and Leonard, wondering if they should follow through on a date, asked him for advice. (We’ll just skip over the fact that Sheldon would be one of the last people I’d ask for relationship advice….) Continue reading

Five Years In

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

Odds And Ends To Begin The Year

I hope everyone is off to a good start with the new year. Here in Maryland, it’s been cold and snowy, although I know many of you have seen far worse weather this winter. For me, it’s time to buckle down on the writing and make some serious progress on at least one WIP. And I need to get back into the blogging swing. To ease back in, I thought I’d start with some sundries. Continue reading

Maybe We Had Weather

Sunday, the snow started and was predicted to turn to ice later in the day. That’s not a forecast we want to hear in these parts because the power can go out at the mere mention of that three-letter word. So just in case I can’t complete and upload the post I was writing on Sunday, I’ve preloaded this additional tidbit from Death Out of Time.

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Doing The Story Justice — Redux

My PerNoReMo moves forward, despite some major self-doubts earlier this month. To help me through the mire, I read some of my earlier posts, looking for inspiration. And one that I originally posted on 2 June 2012 reminded me why I’m rebuilding Death Out of Time and not sticking with my original version. I thought it was worth sharing again with readers. Rather than force you to make extra clicks, here are the highlights from that post. Continue reading

My 2013 PerNoReMo In A Blaze Of Autumn

My what you ask?

PerNoReMo is my 2013 version of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month. PerNoReMo is my Personal Novel Rebuilding Month. I’ve set some modest goals for the rebuild of my sci-fi WIP, Death Out of Time.

From November 1st through the 4th, I’ve repurposed and added a combination of 5,023 words, well over my daily targets. And that feels good. But it also means I won’t spend too much time on blog posts. So today, I thought I’d share a few more autumn photos from last week. Colors were really beginning to peak. The season didn’t start out too well for color, but things have really picked up over the last week. So, without further ado, here are a few shots from my neighborhood walks. Continue reading

From My Mind To The Page

It should be no surprise that writers spend a lot of time in our heads. After all, that’s where ideas are born and stories take shape. And when we write something as long as a novel, well, that adds up to a lot of thinking, imagining, creating, brainstorming…. You get the idea. So how do we get those stories from our heads to the written page?

For me, coaxing the full story out of the characters is a long, complicated process. Sometimes they’re helpful—too helpful when competing voices bombard me with ideas. Other times, they wander off with my Muse to enjoy tropical drinks and beaches. At those times, I’m on my own. Continue reading

What To Post Today…

Life has been hectic this last week and will be for a few days. So there’s nothing too in depth for today’s post. How about a few photos from Saturday’s trip to DC, including a temporary exhibit at the Smithsonian’s American Indian Museum and then a wrap up with another tidbit from the rebuild of Death Out of Time? The exhibit is Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed. This was a trip down memory lane to my graduate student days. Continue reading