I am Not Immune to the NaNoBug (but I Have to Wear Bugspray)

I love NaNoWriMo. I love the deadline, and the knowledge of winning.  I always win, you see.  But I simply can’t do it anymore.  Ah, NaNo.  We had five glorious years together and produced eight delightful “books”. But yet, that’s the problem. “Books” not books.  Because what I write for NaNoWriMo comes from the sputtering of “two … More I am Not Immune to the NaNoBug (but I Have to Wear Bugspray)

Frosted with Originality: How a Good Story is Like a Good Cupcake

Nobody likes stale cupcakes. My favorite time to eat baked goods is right out of the oven.  In fact, it takes a bit of willpower for me to keep myself from trying to frost it as soon as I pop them out of the oven (and sometimes I do anyway).  Nothing tastes quite the same … More Frosted with Originality: How a Good Story is Like a Good Cupcake

NaNoWriMo, Day One

This is my third calendar year with NaNoWriMo, and my fifth novel (having competed in one of the summer sessions each year since the start).  Each year the challenges are a little different. Last summer, I wrote Sprite, which wrote more easily than any other novel I’ve written.  I wish I could say it was because … More NaNoWriMo, Day One

The Big Payoff

A common misconception among young budding artists is that their big paycheck is gonna be easy-peasy and arrive in the mail within the year,  It doesn’t matter if they are painters, singers, actors, or writerse – the conception is always the same:  I am going to make it big. The harsh reality is a little … More The Big Payoff