Just tell me I’m not a lost cause. Tell me eternity is long enough For me to make things right. That the stars will not judge me from their seats in the night. Tell me love is the cleanser, Not blood and not pain, And that with patience enough I’ll be human again. Tell me […]

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Spotify shoved this song in my face today, and I am overflowing with the rightness of it for this point in my novel. Because it’s November 29th. I have 47,550 words. And I am almost finished. This novel has been in my brain for a while. I knew what I wanted – the theme, the […]

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Starting My Writing Journal

One of the early pep talks for NaNoWriMo this year was from Daniel José Older. His whole pep talk is great; this sort of writing about writing is something I just devour and something I’d one day like to really contribute to myself. In particular Older talks about his writing journal, something that he’s only […]

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I’ve added another story to my writing day, alongside my NaNovel – fanfiction; no, you can’t read it; I publish it on AO3 under an alias, as one does – and my mind is all stories, all the time. Well, I take brief breaks to goggle at the state of world politics, but mostly, it’s […]

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TWO DAYS after Election 2016, the shock’s just starting to wear off and reality is beginning to set in. We’re looking around trying to get a sense of the world we now live in. And then LEONARD COHEN DIES. Is this year cursed, or something? We needed him. We’re catapulted into an uncertain future, everyone […]

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like October just flew by. How can it be November already?! And yet here we are, Day One of NaNoWriMo, and I am HYPE. It’s fun being in New Zealand on November 1st. You can start hours before anyone else, and being able to update your wordcount […]

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Wednesday night I wrote a poem, and it felt good to do that. Actually picking the germ of something out of my notebook, writing on it, refining it, and coming out of it with an actual thing… As opposed to writing on a feeling, ending up with a nothing scene that will languish in that […]

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Hitting the beats

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day about how our lives are stalled cars on the highway of life. He seemed surprised that I was in the same position. “What do you mean? You go running three times a week!” The implication being, of course, that this means I am a […]

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I want to be in my character’s head. Oh, so much. But I cannot, because of this essay due on Friday. This essay must consume all of my brain thinkings. I must devote my headspace to essay. To Bluebeard. “Ohhh Bluebeard! Exciting!” YES friends, it is. “What does it mean?” You may well ask, friends! […]

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The NaNoWriMo forums are frequented for two months out of the year. I prefer it like that, actually; like there are two months of Annual Writing Holiday, one month of sharing and preparation and excitement, and the second of panic and coffee and procrastination. NaNoWriMo is genuinely not the same without the forums; it’s a […]

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