April's Camp NaNoWriMo was unproductive due to family and health issues. That was the first of two of the two casual, international writing events hosted by the National Novel Writing Month team. That means there's a make up camp! For this month's project, I'm returning to the romantic science fiction novel that's the core of … Continue reading Camping in July 2019
Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict
This post is a response to M/M Romance author Kevin Klehr's "Stories Should Have Conflict". In which century were powerful tales not needed? Storytelling has endured through thousands of years because it is a type of power for humans. At this time, we have more humans than ever in known history. We have storytellers. We can … Continue reading Stories Don’t Have to Create Real Life Conflict
Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview
Let's do the time jumps agaaaain! We're going to travel with our imaginations. I'll lead. Ready? I imagine... a world regrowing from the ashes of recent fires... reuniting after evil is replaced by public servants in governments... and new readers searching on my favorite themes and tropes. Yeah. Of course, I have little control over … Continue reading Time Jumps: 2018 Review and 2019 Foreview
More Hills to Cover: NaNoWriMo 2018 Review
National Novel Writing Month is officially over! I joined NaNoWriMo with a project called Hills Under His Shining Star. By the 10th day, I was stuck at a tenth of the month's goal. My official count of the story draft on the last day was 18,675 words. That means I wrote over a third of … Continue reading More Hills to Cover: NaNoWriMo 2018 Review
NaNoWriMo: Chilling on the Climb
This is a status brief for the tenth day of NaNoWriMo. My novel draft stalled at just over 5,000 words while my state's midterms elections, technical issues, and physical troubles worried through my free time. That means that a this of the way into the month, I'm a tenth of the way into my project … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Chilling on the Climb
NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills
Howdy, readers. It's that time of the year when thousands of writers go crazier than usual. Does everyone know that #NaNoWriMo kicked off today? Ya? Guess what? I'm participating. You can follow my attempts through November to write what will either develop into a sci-fantasy M/M romance or a romantic fantasy about queer oracles & … Continue reading NaNoWriMo: Thrills to Counter Chills
The Writer in the Corner: On Characterization
A writer in one of my groups asked how to avoid cookie-cutter characters. That got me thinking about the main characters in my flash fiction. It's what most of you know me for, I'm pretty certain. So, who are my characters on Medium.com? What do they do...? A creepy narrator commits murder of passion. [This … Continue reading The Writer in the Corner: On Characterization
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for Authors: Rainbow Awards
Notice for March's reading period. The Rainbow Awards is open to work focusing LGBT characters and people.
Look Out–Er, In! A Pretty Interesting Intro to Viruses
Viruses help make up our world. More than that, they help make us. Because they're so important in real life, I find myself studying viruses for science fiction.