Category: My Stories

NaNoWin #6

NaNoWin #6

Forcing myself to write a story under fierce deadlines with no forgiveness is one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do.  Some days, it’s fun.  I certainly enjoy the challenge, and I thrive for the weight of half-a-ream of paper, with words I have written, to sit in my hands.  However, there a moments where I hate everything to do with writing, my characters, and I completely doubt myself. I daresay that this term of Camp NaNoWriMo was the most difficult I have ever endured. About halfway through the story, I realized that the plot line was […]

Posted August 3, 2013 in My Stories // 0 Comments //
Character Who?

Character Who?

As I have been editing Strange I have been more and more aware of my believed inconsistencies in Ariella’s character.  I want to her to be off-type for the characters that I usually create, but sometimes I feel as I write her she becomes mush or reverts back to what I am comfortable with.  That bears the question – is it better to write something you are comfortable with, or something that is in-demand?  When is it better to challenge yourself to write differently verses writing believably?  If it doesn’t feel believable because it isn’t comfortable, does that make you […]

Posted April 25, 2013 in My Stories // 0 Comments //
Editing is Hard Work

Editing is Hard Work

While I know I am exceptionally, delightfully bad at updating any and all of my blogs, I must confess, my motivation to edit a novel isn’t much better.  I love, love, love tearing apart other peoples’, but mine… it’s harder.  My inclination is to rewrite.  And then my characters get bi-polar and plots get tangled like string and just… ack. I’m working through Strange at the moment, and I keep telling myself – keep going!  It’s almost at the interesting part!  Whenever I task myself to re-write a story, I get this brilliant idea that something needs to change.  In […]

Posted January 30, 2013 in My Stories // 1 Comment //
NaNoWriMo, Day One

NaNoWriMo, Day One

This is my third calendar year with NaNoWriMo, and my fifth novel (having competed in one of the summer sessions each year since the start).  Each year the challenges are a little different. Last summer, I wrote Sprite, which wrote more easily than any other novel I’ve written.  I wish I could say it was because I am growing stronger as a writer, but I think it has more to do with the fact I had a plot for June’s novel.  As I did for ‘Tweens last November.  I have a vague plot for Sparky Jones:  Life on Shuffle this year, but I don’t […]

Posted November 1, 2012 in My Stories // 2 Comments //
NaNoNovel Preview:  Sparky’s Cover!

NaNoNovel Preview: Sparky’s Cover!

I’ve been playing around with a new idea for a book, one that is playful and simple and inspired by an episode of Eureka. Details still need to be hashed, but I put together a cover for it today.  Although, I can’t seem to get a lot of the layers to merge properly so the JPG looks the same as the PSD file?  Nonetheless, I like it.  I wanted it to be simple, because so many of my covers are ridiculously complicated and it’s time to have one that stands out a little. Presenting:  Sparky Jones:  Life on Shuffle.

Posted August 30, 2012 in My Stories // 0 Comments //