Mar 022012

chicanery chi·can·er·y    [shi-key-nuh-ree, chi-] noun, plural -er·ies. 1. trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry: He resorted to the worst flattery and chicanery to win the job. 2. a quibble or subterfuge used to trick, deceive, or evade. Origin: 1605–15; < French chicanerie. See chicane, -ery Synonyms 1. fraud, deception, knavery. 2. evasion.

Mar 012012

Ok, so I’ve gotten slightly farther than that. Last count I was at a little over 31k words. On this story. I’ve started 2 other novels and a novella as well in the last year. None are closer to being done than my ‘mysterical/romance’ which is in reality a paranormal romance. May as well call [...]

Feb 192012
You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won't be able to take a break from being a writer...  ~ Stephen Leigh

I haven’t written anything in a couple weeks. This doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about my story. Dwelling on my characters, living in their minds. Or maybe they’re living in mine. Either way, I hear their voices at odd moments. When I’m in the bathroom. While doing laundry. While unpacking the multitude of boxes [...]

Feb 012012

Moving. I hate moving and yet here I am, smack dab in the middle of another one. I’m surrounded by boxes, piles of…things. The detritus of our life. And I get this urge to either hide and pretend it doesn’t exist or set fire to it all. Of course I do neither. Well, maybe I [...]

Jan 272012

I’m not good with deadlines. They cause an almost paralyzing tension in me. Which is why I’ll never understand why I tried Nanowrimo. Twice. For those that don’t know, Nanowrimo is short for National Novel Writing Month. It’s held in November and the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. There’s a nice [...]

Jan 262012
You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won’t be able to take a break from being a writer… ~Stephen Leigh

I didn’t make it to the end of my 2 week hiatus on my mystery/romance. I only managed a week of not thinking about it. During that week I read a great book by Les Edgerton called Hooked: Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One & Never Lets Them Go (I was sick, the [...]

Jan 172012

This quote makes me laugh. Hard. But I fear it’s a common misconception that writing isn’t ‘real’ work. Afterall there’s no sweat involved. No commute to the office. Heck writers don’t even bother with getting dressed most days. And then when we sit down at our computers to ‘work’ what do we do? We stare [...]

Jan 162012

I read. A lot. Books that speak to me will usually get read multiple times. Re-reading a book is a lazy Saturday where you don’t even bother getting dressed. It’s comfortable and worn like your favorite pair of jammies. Lately, however, I find myself re-reading old favorites with a more critical eye. I note lags [...]

Jan 142012

I’ve been beating my head against my STILL (emphasis because this is another area that’s rubbing me raw…I’d LOVE to have a title for it but nothing feels right yet) untitled novel for over 2 months now and the block holds fast. My main problem is I was writing merrily along without really giving a [...]