Magic Bullets

I’ve kept a journal for decades. I’m not as diligent about it in recent years, not since I started a blog, but I still find it useful to commit my thoughts, memories, and plans to paper, especially those that don’t need to be shared with the world. My journal has generally been a pretty standardContinue reading “Magic Bullets”

Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites

Happy New Year! I mentioned a few days ago that I completed my 2020 Reading Challenge on the Goodreads website. I’d set my goal at 130 books read during the year, and I reached that goal, with just a few days left in the year. I may still finish another book today, so the numberContinue reading “Best Books of 2020: Old Favorites”

Photo Friday: Turning Us Royal

My husband had wanted us to have a family portrait taken professionally this year. Then the pandemic struck, and that idea fell by the wayside. So for Christmas, I decided to remedy that lack. But I wanted to do it without actually meeting with a photographer. Then I saw an ad for TurnMeRoyal. This companyContinue reading “Photo Friday: Turning Us Royal”

Plot Your Novel: Day 5

Friday was the final day of the Plot Your Novel in Just Five Days challenge, which puts together all the pieces from the preceding four days. The title of the lesson: Proof the Route. Just a few of the issues discussed: What is the difference between suspense and tension? (Suspense is a function of story;Continue reading “Plot Your Novel: Day 5”

Plot Your Novel: Day 2

Today, the second day of the Plot Your Novel in Just Five Days challenge, is subtitled Researching the Route. Yesterday I had to formulate the Story Question, External Goal, and Internal Motivation for my main character. Today I had to consider what the character needs to do or have happen in order to meet herContinue reading “Plot Your Novel: Day 2”

Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later

I have kept journals for decades. Mostly I write in them, though I also go through periods when I draw as well. Most of my old journals are still in boxes (I moved last year and am still working out where to keep things). But I have a dozen or so of them out andContinue reading “Revisiting an Old Journal, 22 Years Later”

Character Studies: Creating Characters for Fiction

I’m working on a “beat sheet,” kind of a preliminary outline, for my next novel. Since the book is intended to be the first in a series, the characters I’m trying to bring to life now are characters I plan to be writing about for some time, so it feels especially important to get themContinue reading “Character Studies: Creating Characters for Fiction”

Notes on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts today! For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel (or 50,000 words of a longer novel) during the month of November. I have been participating for years in this event and in Camp NaNoWriMo, a more flexible, informal version that takes place twice aContinue reading “Notes on NaNoWriMo”

Photo Friday: Halloween Parade

The Del Ray Halloween Parade, usually on the Sunday before Halloween, is generally a highlight of the year here in the neighborhood. Everyone of any age is welcome to walk in the parade, with costumes encouraged for all. This year, some of the costume and decoration contests will take place online, but the in-person paradeContinue reading “Photo Friday: Halloween Parade”