writing

No, it’s not about torturing your characters. (Although that’s fun, too.) I have a story, and I keep adding new scenes to it. It’s currently around 5,000 words long, with the potential to grow further. The two new scenes are good. Really good. I love those scenes. I love the way they’re written a bit […]

What the fuck happened? I turn around for ten minutes and an entire month disappears. I feel like I only just got through the mid-semester break and now the semester’s almost over. It’s June tomorrow. Halfway through the year, almost. And I haven’t accomplished any of my goals! “Submit to 4 magazines a month”? What […]

Wants and Needs

I’m trying to get back into the daily writing flow. It’s surprising what you can do with 30 minutes, you know? Even 15 can get you started. And getting started is the important part. Once I hit my stride, I often keep going. Sometimes I can’t get into what I’ve started, and that’s fine. It […]

I’m going to do an alphabet. Just every so often, when I have nothing more urgent to talk about. Sorry about no posts last week – I had an essay due Thursday, so Wednesday I couldn’t spare the time, and then Saturday I was just a little tiny bit hung over. A lesson once again […]

Sin Eater is a weight in my pocket right now. The thing I want to be working on, but that I’m not touching because I have things with deadlines to deal with first. There’s a 2,700 word essay I need to finish by Thursday, and I have upwards of 100 pages of reading a week. […]

When I first saw the backlash about strong female characters, I must confess that I was affronted. As it turns out, my problem was with the word “strong”. I was reading it one way, while most people meant it another. The “strong female character” most people are familiar with is a hard-ass, unfeeling, tough, even […]

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It was hot, and it was bright, and I don’t do well with either of those things. I was striving for mindfulness, for a calm centre in a hot, bright pandemonium. Half the city seems to be a building site at the moment. Fenced-off rubble, cranes, machines, scaffolding up half the buildings on Queen Street. […]

Am I the only one who has trouble with genre? Whenever I sit down with a manuscript an idea and am tasked with deciding what box it might go into, I run into problems. My first novel has fantastic elements to it, but it’s mostly about art; I’ve always mentally classified it as “lit fic” […]

With the summer heat and being unwell, I’ve fallen off the running wagon a little in the last few weeks. I feel a little lost, although since the world has apparently been turned upside down and America is on fire, I’m probably not the only one. I do need to keep my running practice up, […]

I have a draft before me. It is my 2016 NaNoWriMo novel, Sin Eater. I have printed it out, and it lies on my desk like a mewling, half-formed monstrosity. The task is clear: I must take a hatchet and a scalpel, and with these tools must cut away the mutant flesh, and sculpt its […]