Category: Writing

NaNoWriMo 2015:  Day 1

NaNoWriMo 2015: Day 1

Another year, another NaNo! I woke up early this morning and had all my words pushed out by about 9:00am. I’ll try to write a little more this evening, but things are dragging along a bit and the writer’s greatest nemesis (my cat) is very playful and seems to have acquired a taste for my feet, assuring this will be a long day. This year, I’m novelling through Novlr, a relatively new cloud-based feature.  The last few years I’ve used OneDrive, and prior to that a trusty flash drive and Microsoft Word.  I’ve nothing against word, but the simplistic design […]

Posted November 1, 2015 in Writing // 0 Comments //
The Rise and Fall of the Written Word

The Rise and Fall of the Written Word

I had both the pleasure and disappointment of seeing the movie Tomorrowland last Monday.  I was amazed at the imagination at the beginning, the beauty of this whole remarkable parallel universe, and I chuckled at all of Disney’s cute reference drops (the song from the “Carousel of Progress” and the debut of “It’s A Small World”).  There was that moment of breathlessness, and hope and imagination.  Even into the middle of the film as the main character is being chased out of a Space Age collectibles shop…. And then, as suddenly as it was beautiful, it was awkward and sideways […]

Posted June 15, 2015 in Real World, Writing // 0 Comments //
Where Do Stories Come From?

Where Do Stories Come From?

Close by, my Matthew had recently discovered – and devoured – the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, and is presently listening to an interview with Paolini.  One of the first questions, as there always is, was asked: “Where do your ideas come from?” Where indeed? There are some books I read and find them clearly to be branches from the inspiration of other novels, and other still come from asking the question: “What if?”  The ancient Greeks invoked the muses, a practice that continues today as those with writer’s block complain that their muse is silent. A friend of mine and […]

Posted July 30, 2014 in Thoughts, Writing // 0 Comments //
No Nano?

No Nano?

I’ve decided this year that instead of doing NaNoWriMo, I’m going to write through the year.  I’ve wanted to reunite with the characters from Fate, since they are my loves, and this year, that is exactly what I am going to do. Since I’ve started at my new job, I’ve been working with the character again, and writing my way through the sequel, called Green.  After the shenanigans in Fate,  this story brings back all the same characters and adds a few more, and with fewer concerns about being hunted because of their magic, but of course that means there are still a million […]

Posted May 4, 2014 in Writing // 0 Comments //
Frosted with Originality: How a Good Story is Like a Good Cupcake

Frosted with Originality: How a Good Story is Like a Good Cupcake

Nobody likes stale cupcakes. My favorite time to eat baked goods is right out of the oven.  In fact, it takes a bit of willpower for me to keep myself from trying to frost it as soon as I pop them out of the oven (and sometimes I do anyway).  Nothing tastes quite the same as homemade and freshly baked.  There’s the anticipation – sneaking tastes of the batter, the sweet smell of the kitchen as they cook.  The thrill as the timer beeps.  The tease of the cupcakes cooling on the counter.  It all leads up to a big, […]

Posted March 27, 2014 in Writing // 0 Comments //
Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

It is an undeniable fact that breaking into the entertainment business is a tough road.  When most people talk about the “Biz” they are talking about show business – think film, television, and stage performing.  In reality, entertainment is so much more than that.  After all, outside of acting, there is comedy, music, and writing.  Yes, I said it – writing. I don’t understand why some people get pretentious about writing being referred to as a form of entertainment.  We write to tell stories – true and fictional – and we may consider it to be “an art form of the […]

Posted March 3, 2014 in Writing // 0 Comments //