Scary vs. Stupid

“Here’s my challenge: take some risks this month. Think about that thing you’ve been thinking you should do, or write, but you’ve hesitated because it’s risky.”–Ali When I discussed this challenge face-to-face with Ali I had a really hard time thinking about what I was scared about as far as writing goes. Because, really, I’ve…

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So Much for That…

Well, crap. Didn’t get the round story done. Now I’m behind on my timeline for the monthly goals. Crap. Double Crap. But, the good news is, I have worked on it. And it’s really, really cool. If I do say so myself. And I do. Now the problem is I want to just keep going…

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Waiting Around

Right now I’m hanging out at my mother’s, waiting for a guy to measure the floor. I know, thrill a minute right? Briefly I thought that I should bring something to work on, like the round story chapter that I will, will, will (!) finish by this weekend. I’ve already got a pretty good handle…

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Things I Learned from Icon

First off, here is how the contest worked: There were 19 contestants who read either excerpts from book-length pieces or short stories. In as few words as possible they stated who they were, what they were writing and give a log line (what’s your story about?). They had two minutes to read from their work…

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September Goals

No, I don’t like them. Yes, they’re good for me. Like broccoli. So I’ll eat them anyway. 1. Finish 2 chapters of FJR.2. Finish 1 chapter of TR.3. Finish round story chapter…and, John, you have some explaining to do.4. Get as many of the submissions done for this month as I can. Yes, I realize…

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August Goal Results

The results:I still hate goals. I finished one chapter of FJR, not two.I did not complete my fantasy chapter.The critiques for the Sunday group will be done by Sunday. Chalk one up there.I did not read The Namesake, which I am greatly saddened about. But, Jenny, you ask, why did you not finish everything? I…

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Minesweeper Scores

Okay, I’ll never beat J.K. Rowling’s sales. But, by golly, I shall defeat her Minesweeper score. Her fastest score for the expert level, if I remember correctly from her website, is a 99. So far, my fastest time is 125. Only 26 seconds to go and I can take her. If only my wrist wasn’t…

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Dreaming a Scene

The only time I’ve ever used dreams in my writing (that I’m aware of) has been for poems, and those were assigned. The basic idea was to transcribe the dream, not interpret or manipulate, and see what happens. Results varied. Last night was weird though. So I’m exhausted, right? (I blame being pregnant.) I go…

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4 Days and a Wake Up

…until the Sunday meeting. You would think I’d be more concerned about the upcoming reading in front of a bunch of strangers, in which three of those strangers will comment in public about the novel I am so diligently working on. Nope, not so much. I still have not finished the critiques for Sunday–but I’m…

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