Month: February 2012

The Nepalese Cheese Man: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Welcome to Tuesday – it’s time to be accountable again. This last week has meant adjustment. There was decidedly less drama this week, so that certainly made everything easier. Whew! 1. Unfortunately, for me because I’m no morning person, my schedule has necessarily been… Continue Reading “The Nepalese Cheese Man: A Tuesday Post of Accountability”

Random Post of Awesome: Braggin’ on a Buddy!: Traci Cizek Sackett in High Contrast Review!

Awww. I held Traci’s babies when they were teeny-tiny – now I (and you, dear blog readers!) get to read her story-babies too. And if you wanna know how much fun this gal is, just check out the title of her piece, just published in High Contrast… Continue Reading “Random Post of Awesome: Braggin’ on a Buddy!: Traci Cizek Sackett in High Contrast Review!”

Myth, History, and Belief Systems

“Ancient myths precede histories and were once thought to be histories. They were thought to be true accounts of important matters.” ~Margaret Atwood, from “Burning Bushes” in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination I’m part of a couple reading groups on Goodreads.… Continue Reading “Myth, History, and Belief Systems”

Transition

In honor of the fact that I’ll be spending the day moving, today’s prompt is change. Your character walks into a room. What he/she sees in that room will change their life forever. Go.

New Short Story from Our Mentor!

Hello Atwood fans. For those of you interested, The New Yorker has published a new short story by Margaret Atwood: “Stone Mattress.” If you dig stories with dark women…this one’s for you. Let us know what you think!

World Building vs. Character Building

Today I’m going to follow up on my earlier post about The Year of the Flood. I had talked about Atwood’s world building, which is immersive and draws me right in. She doesn’t info dump, but rather, she gives little glimpses to draw you… Continue Reading “World Building vs. Character Building”

Make It Stop: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

You’d think after last week that there was no more drama to be had. You’d think wrong! But it is Tuesday, so it’s time to be accountable for writing stuff. 1. I did finish a chapter of The Line. It was like pulling teeth… Continue Reading “Make It Stop: A Tuesday Post of Accountability”

Exaggeration

Whether you call it speculative fiction, science fiction, fantasy, or some other term, one thing all these genres have in common is exaggeration. In Atwood’s fiction, she takes certain traits of people, society, nature… and blows it up beyond real life. You end up… Continue Reading “Exaggeration”

World Building

I’m working my way through Atwood’s The Year of the Flood. The interesting thing to look at is how she built her world. On one hand, she explains very little. She tosses the reader right into the midst of rakunks and a post-apocalyptic world.… Continue Reading “World Building”

Doing Stuff: A Tuesday Post of Accountability

Oh, yeah! It’s Tuesday – time to see what we’ve accomplished this past week. I’ve gotta say: not much. My grandmother became very, very ill this past week and that entailed multiple cross-country phone calls, getting my mother to the airport, lots of stressing,… Continue Reading “Doing Stuff: A Tuesday Post of Accountability”

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