Feelin’ Like A Struck Match

  The back of my eyeballs hurt. This is the un-fun part of authorship. The point right before publication, raking through each chapter one mo' gen, making sure there's no escaping extra spaces, or errant commas, or misspelled names. Yes, I've managed to misspell my own characters' names in several places. These are the tasks … Continue reading Feelin’ Like A Struck Match

How Many Times Do I Need To Talk To You??

I said this out loud today. To my supporting character. As the photo demonstrates, I am chasing my tail, creatively speaking. I'm so close to clamping the end of this danged revision. Seriously, I can smell the "The End"! But then I have that, oh, but one more thing... moment, feeling I'm closing out the … Continue reading How Many Times Do I Need To Talk To You??

Confidence and Adversity Shouldn’t Fight

I had that moment again. The garrulous absurdity to actualize my station in life out loud, in front of other people. A verbal check-in/confirmation: I am at where I planned to be this time two years ago. I am on schedule. The result of that mis-slip of affirmation: a reminder someone else hasn't got it … Continue reading Confidence and Adversity Shouldn’t Fight

What I Have Learned Through Bleary Eyes

Dang I'm tired. Progress has been made. Gotten into Act Two. Dialogue is choppy, at best, and my brain's too mushy to work in a fight scene. It's appropriate, but I'll literally need to sleep on it. I learned that my friends in India are up and at 'em 4AM my time. Namaste to all … Continue reading What I Have Learned Through Bleary Eyes

Up All Night

This is what I get for procrastinating. November snuck up on me waaay too quickly. I have contracts to administer by November 13. Which means, gotta pay people. Which means, this manuscript I've been pushing off needs speed revisioning. Barely raking through the rest of Act One. Of a three act book. Go me! And … Continue reading Up All Night

My 2013 NaNoWriMo Influences

Yup, I'm a freakin' zealot. Trying to complete my manuscript revisions to deliver for final editing by November 13. But noooo, I gotta throw my writing pen into the National Novel Writing Month ring and go for Halo Numero Dos. Day 2 of the competition and I'm rowing along smoothly. Marie and I are planning … Continue reading My 2013 NaNoWriMo Influences

I Have Nothing To Write About

Original Post Date September 18, 2013 at 11:08 AM Writing about nothing is actually writing about something. Von demonstrates how. It started that way for everyone sitting around the pond. Our instructor, who I have a photo of but can't remember her name, was trying to instill a writer's fervor into our 11-year old heads. … Continue reading I Have Nothing To Write About

Von the Queenmaker

Original Post Date September 25, 2013 at 12:13 PM Von pulls out tried-and-true tactics to sketch next year's marketing campaign. Autumn announced its arrival Sunday by saturating the entire West Coast. Constant rain made the mornings dark, the afternoons cool and moist, and the evenings sudden, pretty much forcing all outward activity indoors, forcing me … Continue reading Von the Queenmaker

Entering the You-niverse

Original Post Date June 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM The author shares a video of her first book reading from I Blew Up Juarez. What a great time we had at Irene's last week! No butterflies at all, proud to say. I think it's the combination of being amongst friends and confidence in my story … Continue reading Entering the You-niverse

Lay Back, Close Your Eyes, Enjoy the Ride

Original Post Date June 05, 2013 at 04:22 PM The author collects her dreams as resources for story and character development. Recently entered in my morning pages: I had been dreaming. Argument between people, and I had to come between. We were a space colony, and the isolation was getting to people. But it was … Continue reading Lay Back, Close Your Eyes, Enjoy the Ride