I'm thrilled to be included in this charity anthology, my first short story publication! Go check it out! Return to Deathlehem, An Anthology of Holiday Horrors to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Apparently Norman Mailer said, "Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing."
Maybe or maybe not.
Writing books is like having a 9 month pregnancy. Finishing the first draft is like the final push birthing the child. Editing and revising is like raising that child until he or she is 18.
I'm sure I could go on with this analogy...
Saturday, August 30, 2014
I'm on my fourth go round with the long story. I'm using Word for this revision, as yWriter seems be more cumbersome for editing. Most of the major changes are done, as far as I can tell so far so there isn't moving around of stuff. That is why I liked yWriter, it allowed easy access to the parts.
I'm using this link and this one too to help guide me. I'm sure there are several others that I can't find right now.
Still waiting on word about two story submissions. That'd be nice, you know.
I'm of the opinion that writing the first draft is the most fun, and then righting all the others is the work. Heh, see what I did there?
I'm hoping to get at least three more chapters done this weekend, then I won't feel so bad when I don't get any done after work because I'm so bone weary that I can't manage any. It is what it is.
I will end on a quote I found today, that is just yummy in so many ways:
And as I said elsewhere, that is why it is hard to kill your darlings.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
There had been a certain scene that I've been avoiding/not knowing how to handle pretty much since I started this thing. Last night it came to me. So I wrote it. Weird, adding stuff to the earlier parts of it.
Score, in more ways than one.
And I'm still mostly happy with it this morning. I finished the third draft recently, so a pleasant surprise.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
I woke up this morning with an idea for tying together my long story aka the novel, even tighter. It will tie a few characters, and their motivation. And probably other stuff too that I have yet to realize. And it won't take much time either. Probably could do it all today.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
Screens and Skies
I watched The Robe Easter morning,
the gold and the blue colored
drama of that Roman tribune
that swung around the story of another.
The tribune was saved
on a sharp cliff by a woman
with a distinctly ‘50’s ponytail,
as a slave girl in Cinemascope Technicolor pink
watched. A slave in pink is hopeful! Not inspired, I looked up
and thought about the blue sky, the golden shrub
blooming in my yard, to the true white
Milky Way from Chile, like the smiling
lips of the Mona Lisa. The golds and blues shimmer
but with much less flouncing, the cool
whites shout softness and shadow,
the black reveals full absence.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
I knew that even in third grade, as I know that now.