Ditto July

Goal time. Mostly because I have nothing really great to talk about, I'll talk about the stuff I mean to do, but generally don't get to.1. read all submissions2. Originally I planned to bang out the CWC submission and then just worry about writing something new outside of that. But I've discovered that the 'banging... Continue Reading →

200 Blogposts and Something New

Welcome to my 200th blogpost. Initially I thought I'd do something kinda cool with it: authors who would be 200 if they were alive now, great works that were 200, things like that.Instead, I'm actually going to pitch this cool new thing from work. Normally I would think this a silly thing to do. But... Continue Reading →

Writing Math

I don't know about you guys, but in my spare time when I should be writing I like to calculate how many pages or words I would have to write to be done in a certain time frame.For example:If I want to finish a 100,000 word novel in 6 months (average 30 days a month)... Continue Reading →

Mentor of the Month: Nathaniel Hawthorne (w/help from Jhumpa Lahiri): Where do titles come from?

There's a line in "The Custom House": Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their... Continue Reading →

Mentor of the Month: Nathaniel Hawthorne: Work Sucks but may be Necessary

"I took it in good part at the hands of Providence, that I was thrown into a position so little akin to my past habits [the Custom House]; and set myself seriously to gather from it whatever profit was to be had. After my fellowship of toil and impracticable schemes, with the dreamy brethren of... Continue Reading →

Summer Reading Challenge Progress Report

I just finished reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I must say that I was more impressed than the high schoolers that are currently assigned to read it will be. Yes, the language is old and tedious...made even more so because Hawthorne, being that great writer that he is, also made the language more... Continue Reading →

The July Goal Piggy Back Post

Happy July, everyone.So Deb set up her goals and ten points to her!Now for my stuff:1. rough out concept for 10 minute play competition in November2. two rough drafts of poems for poetry competition in November3. get two submissions for CWC ready--and this has suddenly become more like writing new stuff as I streamline things... Continue Reading →

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