As of Day 8: 21,851 words Manuscript total: 26,945 (I cheated and started writing before November) Deleted words: 549 Progress estimation: About 1/3 done with the manuscript Emotional state: Displeased with micro, happy with macro, very confused that I don’t hate the book yet, hoping to be finished by December 17
It’s NaNoWriMo time! That’s right, yesterday marked the start of National Novel Writing Month 2015. Every year, intrepid novelists, short story writers, fanficcers, bloggers, and penmonkeys of all types attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days. This always results in a few meltdowns, lots and lots of caffeine, and completed and incompleted novels of… More Guess what time it is?
Next week, I’m heading off to my 7th (5th straight) Dragon Con! I’m super excited because this year I’ll be attending as official press for Tosche Station. I’m participating in four panels, and I’ll also be moderating the AFTERMATH panel with Chuck Wendig. Here’s where you’ll be able to find me! #ForceFriday Field Trip – Thu 10:00 pm; Offsite… More Dragon Con 2015!
You never forget your first, right? You can now read my short story “The End is the Beginning” in the Contact Light anthology, available from Silence in the Library Press. I was thrilled to be included alongside authors I’ve long admired, like Timothy Zahn and Michael Stackpoke, as well as Star Wars fandom friends Bryan Young and Janine… More My First Anthology
The awesome Chuck Wendig recently asked his blog readers why we write. We writers have many different answers to this question. Writing relieves stress. They feel compelled to write. If they don’t write, they’ll go crazy. They enjoy telling stories. They are good at it. All of these are good reasons, and all are true. But… More Why I Write
In light of Friday’s historic Supreme Court ruling, I wrote about why science fiction, especially stories set in future Earth-based cultures, must err on the side of diversity. Check it out here at my Star Wars blog, Tosche Station. I’ve been plugging along at revisions to Aurora and will be done by the end of July. After… More Why Science Fiction Must Err on the Side of Diversity
I know, breaking news in that title, huh? But it’s true. Writing is hard. And so far 2015 has sucked. But the good thing about the year turning shitty so early is that it has nowhere to go but up. Here’s hoping, at least. I haven’t done much actual writing this year, due to the… More Writing is Hard
Edit: Ahahaha this schedule fell by the wayside during February. Leaving it here for posterity and to remind myself of how far I’ve come. After neglecting my writing for the good chunk of a year, I ended 2014 on a high note with a finished draft! No more distractions, no more letting self-doubt stand in the… More 2015 Writing Goals, Part 1
National Novel Writing Month has ended! I “won”! But most importantly I finished a full, completed with no holes draft of Aurora! Ya-hoo! *insert Han Solo gif here* I finished the day before Thanksgiving, which meant I got to enjoy the holiday free of pressure to write, and it was great. The Force Awakens teaser trailer was even… More Nanowrimo is over, and I wrote a thing!
No, not Christmas — National Novel Writing Month! This will be my fifth year participating, and hopefully my fifth year “winning.” I say “winning” in quotes, because I don’t think I’ll actually write 50,000 words, as my goal is to finish my current project, Aurora, and I don’t think it’ll take that many words to… More It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year