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Recent Posts

  • NaNoWriMoMy First NaNoWriMo
    I’ve never done NaNoWriMo (and don’t want to have to type that name a lot – too many caps!). I’ve witnessed Twitter friends go through it. They’ve made it sound painful, honestly. Somehow it always seemed like a form of torture that i didn’t need to impose on […]
  • Coronation StreetI Dreamt a Movie
    I’ve been having sleep difficulties recently. Sometimes this means I can’t sleep, for tossing and turning. Other times it means I have very vivid dreams. I want to tell you about one dream that i had a few nights ago both because it’s stayed with me, and because it was so […]
  • stacked booksBooks You Hate
    Have you ever been so disgusted with a book — the story, the editing, the whatever — that you’ve felt the desire to chuck the book against a wall? I have. As a reader, I’m annoyed, dissatisfied. As a writer, it’s an interesting lesson on what can go wrong, and pulls on […]
  • typewriterWalking away from a sale
    The hardest thing for a new writer to do is to walk away from a sale. I know, I just did it. I sent a short story to an anthology. They accepted it. The money offered is not much, but then again, I’m not a ‘name’ writer (yet!). The exposure, or at least having another publication […]
  • Goldilocks Worlds
    National Geographic has a great visualization of what we know about exoplanets and their habitability. This image shows that thus far, we’ve found fifteen planets (including Mars) that are a) the necessary distance from their star to have the right surface temperature, and b) are the right […]
  • Star Wars early logoFinding blog topics – Star Wars Logo edition
    Every writer is told to ‘build a platform’ (get your audience started) before publishing. How do you do that? Well, they’ll tell you to be active on social media and have a blog — Great, I can do both of those. — and have fresh content regularly. Oh. One thing that can […]
  • Solo a Star Wars StorySolo: A Star Wars Story
    Rogue One was the first Star Wars film that I didn’t see on opening night. Still, I saw it opening weekend. And again, later. (In 1977, I was 13 – the perfect age for that film, and I saw it again, and again, and again …) […]