On writing simultaneous novels, Part 3

I'm dragging my feet at the moment, for a variety of reasons. Beyond the distractions of entering the holiday season and the natural instinct to hibernate that always arises with the reduced daylight, I have encountered an unexpected hazard to this project-- excessive sympathy for one of my main characters. You'd think this might be... Continue Reading →

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Speedy Update on Camp NaNoWriMo – August 2012

Nearly to 40,000 words now, with eleven days left. I can give you the title of the sequel novella: Traveler's Guide to Mythical Beasts. The terrifying hag just told / made the narrator hallucinate a story. Things are going well. Further updates as the month's end draws nearer. (So... much... fun!)

“Slowly I Turned”: Not The Same Thing A Bit

Every so often, I get the eerie sense that I’ve wandered into a scene from a Lewis Carroll book. It happened once at my first job, my senior year in high school. There was a woman working there alongside me who could have passed easily as a ringer for the Queen of Hearts—complete with the... Continue Reading →

“Slowly I Turned”: Introvert Inside-Out

I did something stupid recently. I’m not saying that that in itself is newsworthy, mind you. I’m pretty sure nobody even noticed, but I felt the consequences of it keenly. But enough with the build-up. Here’s what I did:   I passed more than two weeks without taking a single day to be entirely alone.... Continue Reading →

“Slowly I Turned”: A Form of Self-Encouragement

I have had the worst time writing this week. Honestly. Worship team practice on Thursday, another funeral on Saturday, church and travel on Sunday, more travel on Monday. Every time I end up with a schedule of any kind beyond my regular routine, I end up throwing the regular routine out the window-- and I... Continue Reading →

“Slowly I Turned”: NaNoWriMo, banzai!

I’m reluctant to use the word ‘irony,’ mainly because it has been so abused in common usage as to have lost most of its impact. At the same time, I hesitate over the word ‘paradox,’ due to a similar objection: it is wielded often enough, but seldom by people who have more than a vague... Continue Reading →

The Spiral

Often I find flesh-and-blood people, with a precious few exceptions, to be far inferior to fictional ones. It’s as if they try to be one-dimensional. If only literal people put as much effort into character development as a good writer puts into developing a literary character….   I’ve given this post the title “Spiral” because... Continue Reading →

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