Journal

A special kind of crazy

Most of us go through our day trying to look normal, or at least fit in with the people we are around. We try to hide those awkward parts of ourselves so that we’re not different. Humans are social creatures… even one as hermit-esque as me. At the end of the day, we all want…

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The recipe for a Writer’s Voice

I didn’t used to wonder about a “writer’s voice” because I thought I knew what it was. It was just tone, right?  Formal or silly, casual or crass.  That’s what set Clive Barker apart from Terry Pratchett.  Then I got a little older, and knew I had been wrong.  A “writer’s voice” wasn’t just the…

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Life: version 2020.09.12

I love working with universities, or maybe I’ve been very fortunate in the clients I’ve taken. The various things they need just to open the doors on that first day of class is overwhelming: housing, parking, registration, financial aid, course delivery… there is never an opportunity to be bored. This year I’m working with four…

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WIP it good

So the first act of Riley’s story is up, but maaaaaan. They call the first pass a vomit draft for a reason. For the past two weeks I’ve been a little quiet as I work through it and push the edits to the redesigned Aether category. Whee! I got hung up on the chapter where…

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A different point of view

Up front, I don’t think there’s going to be anything deep or meaningful or clever about this journal. All I feel today is raw frustration. I chose to tell Riley’s story in the first person because she is a young adult, and They ™ always say that young readers like being inside the protag’s head.…

Todd the demon

With the first act of Aether in edit, all of the familiar demons have come to visit. Is that really where you want to start your story? Is that really what Zoey’s voice should be? Oookay. No, no it’s fine. I mean, if you are good with it, then, you know, I guess it’s okay.…

Baiting the hook

So here we are. The first chapter. It has to set up the tone of the story, show off our writing style, and really sink its claws into our readers so that they don’t walk away. No pressure, right? No! Tons of pressure! Oh, my goodness. So much pressure! How do I cram the entire…

Shooting blanks

So. Here we are. The first chapter. I have so much to say! The words are all tumbling over each other in my mind, just waiting for their chance to come out. I open my laptop in high spirits. I load up Google Docs. And then… And then … where did they go? The words…

Listen to the Voices

On Twitter, this question caught my attention in a big way. It summed up how I felt, too. What I expected to feel embarrassing and cringy turned out to be … kind of relaxing. Fun. And so, so many errors that I’d skimmed past without a second thought came jumping up out of the page…