Thursday Hodgepodge

Or: My New Monitor, WIP Cuts, and an Upcoming ACFW Meeting After some fiddling and tweaking of color, contrast and brightness settings, my new LCD monitor and I are coexisting in something resembling harmony. Everything is so much bigger, that even after two days of...

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What If…

Yesterday I spent my writing hours fine tuning character motivations. I made a list of all my characters who have a role to play in the story--beyond the very minor background/community sorts of characters. In other words, those characters who have something invested...

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All’s Quiet on the Blogging Front

Which doesn't mean I'm not continuing my editing. It's going slowly but steadily, which seems to be the way I work no matter if I'm writing first drafts of scenes or reading or making the fiftieth editing pass. Just wanted to post and officially say that things will...

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Yes, I am

Today, February 11th, I'm forced to ask myself a question. Am I incapable of reading KINDRED (Trouble The Waters... Canaan's Shore... whatever...) without doing a line-by-line edit? After a week of reading and getting through all of three (three!) chapters, I have the...

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About that working title

Tomorrow I start (again) the editing of Kindred. Following the guidelines mentioned in an earlier post, from author/writing instructor Barbara Rogan (here's her new Next Level Workshop website), I'll print the whole manuscript off and read it. And I won't let myself...

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Artwork: good, bad & ugly

For Beth and Sallie, who wanted to see. A large, older painting (pre 1993). 20x24, if I recall. I still like the wolves. Not so much the composition or setting. They look like they're grazing, for crying out loud--and what was I thinking with that distracting wispy...

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All’s Quiet

All's quiet on the editing front. I'm letting the manuscript sit for a month, as I should have done during December, but didn't. My bad. So, I don't have a whole lot to be journaling about during this time, since I'm also doing my best to not even think about Ian and...

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It Never Fails…

It never fails. When I need direction along it comes on the Writers Forum, and sometimes I don't even need to do the asking. Jennifer H., bless her, started a thread on the revision process a couple days ago, asking members to chime in on how they go about it. And...

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Friday muddle

It's Friday. Half way between Christmas and New Years. What work I've done this week has not gone particularly well. I'm still wrangling and wrestling with Chapter Three. I'm worn out, and i have a cold, but I'm not giving in just yet. Words still swirl through my...

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Saturday Ramblings… Quakers, Slaves & Hobbits

With Christmas just around the corner, I've not posted here all week. But I have been squeezing in the editing around the holiday festivities. Yanking out two chapters from the early section of the book has proved a challenge, and I've had to do much rewriting. But in...

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