On Writing and Feeling Like a Fraud

This morning, I tweeted a picture of the new tea mug* Chad got me. It’s got this Dork Tower by John Kovalic on it, and apparently it struck a cord because my tweet got retweeted, favorited, and quoted, and those tweets themselves got retweeted, favorited, and quoted several times. When … Continue reading

The Absence of Sound

When I woke up this morning, I couldn’t hear. It is the strangest sensation. I’ve been battling an ear infection for the past week. Excruciating pain at first, enough to force me to the doctor for pain meds and antibiotics when it didn’t clear up on its own after a … Continue reading

Steps to Everywhere

NOTE: This geocache blog might contain spoilers. As with all things geocaching, proceed at your own risk. Chad and I finally got a chance to do some more geocaching last Saturday. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and we knocked out six easy caches in downtown Kernersville. Because this post … Continue reading

Death Spiral No More, and Three K’ville Caches

So, I’d only planned to do a geocache blog post, but I have bigger news than that. I FINISHED A STORY! I haven’t done that since “Through Ashes Returned”, which garnered me a very nice rejection letter that sent me into a tailspin that’s lasted — oh, dear — about … Continue reading

A Bridge Not Too Far

Snagged another geocache after work last night. Just one. It was a little less than a mile from the house, so we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to skip the gym and walk to the cache site instead. Of course, we were a fair ways from the house when … Continue reading

Reflections on my First #NaNoWriMo

It’s December 1st, which means that midnight last night was pencils down and check your word count for hundreds of thousands of writers participating in NaNoWriMo. For once, I was one of them. I didn’t manage to write 50,000 words, but I did knock out a little over 21,000. And … Continue reading

The Writing Don’ts

During his “Redline Your Writing” talk at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, David L. Robbins gave attendees his list of “Don’ts” — things to avoid to make your stories their best. 1. Don’t switch POV in the middle of a scene. I mentioned this one in my post “The … Continue reading

The Telling is Separate from the Story

In my last post I covered what David L. Robbins taught us about the first half of being a storyteller — the story — during his “Redline your Writing” talk at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop. Today we’re going to focus on what David said about the second half … Continue reading

The Firetrucks Have to Be Going to Your House

Wow, has it really been that long since my last blog post? Sorry about that. When I went to the doctor for my annual checkup, they thought an extended poking and prodding would be great fun this year. It’s been a bit distracting. Still, even though they aren’t quite done … Continue reading

The Importance of POV

In my last post about the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, I revealed David L. Robbins’ bombshell that “write what you know” is a lie. This time I’m going to share his advice about what he considers the most important thing to know about writing: POV. In a story, David … Continue reading