10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

I recently made friends with a young writer on tumblr. In talking to her, I realized that there are a few things I do as a writer that she isn’t taking advantage of—and I’d guess a lot of starting writers are in the same boat. So here, without further ado and in no particular order, … Continue reading 10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer

a new story to tell

That case of completion molasses...es I had a few weeks ago turned into a finished first draft quicker than I'd expected, and while I'd meant to take a break in between writing books, the next one was calling my name. As of last night, the sequel to FOLD (as yet untitled) is underway, and here's … Continue reading a new story to tell

completion molasses…es

Sometimes, despite having the imagination of a child, I think I have the memory of...something that doesn't have much of a memory. See, I'm coming to the end of my current work in progress. And I'm DRAGGING my feet to get it done. I'm seriously like...a chapter away from completion. But the closer I draw to … Continue reading completion molasses…es

writing adventure: fictional love letters

So, I've been reading a lot about letter-writing, something which is near and dear to my heart. I participated in February's InCoWriMo (International Correspondence Writing Month) and sent letters all over, and you may not know it, but April is National Letter Writing Month in the USA. I don't think I want to go through … Continue reading writing adventure: fictional love letters

No excuses for slackers

Last week sucked. I got this new super-high-priority project at work, and it's got us running around like mad trying to get things done in a compressed timeframe. Now I don't mind challenging work, but it's draining; by the time I'm on the road home every day I've developed a massive headache, and writing - … Continue reading No excuses for slackers

experimenting with first person – the current first draft

I'm not generally comfortable with first person. It's like using "I" makes me too close to the work. But I'm trying it for my newest project because that's what Aoide (Ey-OH-dee), the main character, seems to want. Here's a couple hundred words from yesterday. What do you think? “Hey Frank, isn’t it about time you … Continue reading experimenting with first person – the current first draft

on the wonder of letting a story out into the world

As of last night, both my parents have read my book draft. I talked to them both yesterday about it; to my surprise, it’s my father who said he’d have to read it again to be critical and my mother who came right out and told me some things that made her go “what?” I’ve … Continue reading on the wonder of letting a story out into the world

Looking for Zebras: on the “overactive” imagination

When I was an undergraduate at UCONN, I took a class called "The Bible as Literature." It was co-taught by three professors: one who specialized in literature, one in philosophy, and one in religion. It was an absolutely fascinating class, and if it’s still offered there I’d highly recommend it regardless of your spiritual leanings. … Continue reading Looking for Zebras: on the “overactive” imagination

(no longer) on vacation: some musings on rest and work

Last week, I was on vacation. I did a whole lot of nothing, and it was glorious. Matt and I took a day trip down to the Mitsuwa Japanese marketplace in Edgewater NJ, where we got ramen and kitsune soba, passion fruit kit kats, bubble tea, black sesame ice cream (pictured above), sweet ume wine, … Continue reading (no longer) on vacation: some musings on rest and work

today’s tarot: queen of cups

I used to read tarot quite a lot. I'd read people's cards, or I'd cast runes for them; I also used to read crystals. I got out of the habit of it when I went to college and started to do grown-up things. Society had shown me that I was odd, and as I grew … Continue reading today’s tarot: queen of cups