Month: October 2007

The October Wind-Up, November Goals

October went pretty well. My goals were to finish critiques (big check…there were ten of those buggers) and to finish the rough draft of FJR. I am four chapters shy. But! I still have until November 5th, when I meet my fellow pirate bloggers… Continue Reading “The October Wind-Up, November Goals”

That Hurt…

Last night I woke up at 2:30 and could not go back to sleep for the life of me. I stayed awake and watched the alarm clock tick away. Ever have one of those nights? But that’s not the only masochistic piece of me.… Continue Reading “That Hurt…”

Writer’s Marathon Results…Part 2

I like to think of this one as: “The Birth of the Land Pirates’ Captain De Foe” (Consider this a character sketch for a future novel character…) “Once there was a dashing young man who was commandeered into His Majesty’s Navy. The young man’s… Continue Reading “Writer’s Marathon Results…Part 2”

Writer’s Marathon Results…Part 1

A writer’s marathon is not physically taxing. Let’s just say that. However, there are elements that definitely test one’s endurance. Using the places that you travel to as an influence, for one. Lynette, our host for the Pueblo Writing Marathon–part of the Southern Colorado… Continue Reading “Writer’s Marathon Results…Part 1”

Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 3: Revision Time

“Now let’s say you’ve finished your first draft….You’ve done a lot of work and you need a period of time (how much or little depends on the individual writer) to rest. Your mind and imagination—two things which are related, but not really the same—have… Continue Reading “Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 3: Revision Time”

A Planned Reading Spree

After I finish the rough draft of FJR, I have planned to go on a reading spree. But, I’m having trouble deciding which stack of books to read. Stack 1: Stuff that I just wanted to read. These are in no particular order by… Continue Reading “A Planned Reading Spree”

Authors Who Have Humbled Me

Among writers there is a tendency to be like that old actor joke:Q: How many actors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?A: One. And seven more to stand around and say “I could have done that better.” (now insert ‘writer’ for ‘actor’)… Continue Reading “Authors Who Have Humbled Me”

Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 2: The Commandment

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” –Stephen King, On Writing Time for a little self-evaluation: Do you follow this train of thought? For the first part, the reading,… Continue Reading “Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 2: The Commandment”

The Critiquing Load–Gone!

Let me just put a big, honking, gigantic CHECK!! next to one of my goals for this month. No, I haven’t finished novel rough draft yet…I have been too busy reading the critique pile (equilvalent to reading a novel…). But this is like a… Continue Reading “The Critiquing Load–Gone!”

Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 1: The Desk

“…now I’m going to tell you as much as I can about the job….It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life… Continue Reading “Mentor for the Month: Stephen King, Part 1: The Desk”

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