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It didn’t feel right putting up a post without talking about writing, so here’s a post about writing.

When it comes to the mystery novel I was working on, it turns out that the third time is not the charm.  It usually is for me, but apparently not this time.  I think I’ve figured out what I need to do to make it work, but I’ve also got a different idea that I’d like to try, and have stupidly signed up for NaNo again this year – despite the fact that I get my ass handed to me every year – so the mystery is going to be on hold until December 1st.  But that’s okay, because, while I haven’t been working on the mystery, I’ve actually managed to finish two short stories.  One I wrote from scratch in about a week and a half, and it’s already out on submission.  The other had been sitting on my hard drive since July, and it will be going out either today or tomorrow, as soon as I figure out the most suitable place to send it.

I don’t really know why I bother to do NaNo, except that it’s fun to be involved in something so big.  My inner editor is extremely critical and never shuts up, which makes it next to impossible for me to churn out the amount of words needed to finish in time.  But so far I have three friends who’ve signed up for it, at least one of whom is almost guaranteed to kick my ass, and so I’ll continue with my annual tradition of beating my head against the wall for the sake of fun.  Reading that back, it occurs to me that I seem to have a bit of a masochistic streak.  Tiff is going to have a ball with that comment, I can see it now…

And, speaking of Tiff…  I normally wouldn’t dream of mentioning the names of one of my beta readers in a public forum.  Not because I don’t appreciate their hard work, and not because I don’t think credit should be given where it’s due.  It’s because, in a world where every writer serious about their craft would kill to find a good reader, doing so is akin to throwing that friend into shark-infested waters and then dumping chum on their head.  But, in a total of three days over the past week, Tiff has edited – with a fine-tooth comb, I might add – both of those short stories I finished, which total 13,000 words.  That’s a lot of line editing in a short amount of time, and I wouldn’t have made the deadline for the first story without her help, so I just wanted to take a moment to say thanks.  I <3 you, Editing Wench.

Thank you

This post is a little... okay a lot, more emo than I usually get.  I'm great at expressing anger, and sarcasm is my default setting, but I'm not very good at expressing the gentler side of the emotional spectrum, which means that sometimes there are important things that get left unsaid.  I've decided I'm going to try not to do →

Here ye, here ye!

If you go here you can see the wonder and the glory that is my friend Tiff's new website.  She designed it all herself, and it's pretty darn cool in my humble estimation.  Go.  Marvel.  Enjoy.

“So a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar…”

I was over on duotrope the other day, and I found a listing for an anthology called Dark Jesters: An Anthology of Humorous Horror.  They want real horror fiction - not stories making fun of the genre - but with a humorous angle, maximum length 2,000 words.  I'd love to try to write a story and submit it.  The low →

Third time’s the charm?

So I've had this idea in my head off and on for about two years now.  The first time I tried to write it, the idea was too contrived and extremely heavy on back story, and I spent too much of my time trying to shoehorn everything into the shape I wanted it.  Obviously that isn't the way to write →

Does anyone care about motive anymore?

I'm trying to put together a plot outline for a mystery, and I've run into a bit of a problem. I have the main cast of characters, including the killer, and the basic plot, but when it comes time to give the killer a motive, I grind to a screeching halt. Not because I can't come up with →

Good characters behaving badly?

A lot of people have their shorts in a bunch over the final book of "that big vampire saga", which was released a couple of weeks ago. A friend of mine was kind (read: evil) enough to provide me with a whole pile of links, most of which were comment threads filled with disappointed readers airing their grievances. I won't →

Starting off on the right foot…

Obviously I'm new at the being published thing, and relatively new at the blogging thing, too, but I've learned a lot over the years from reading people's writing and publishing blogs - and obviously from reading and writing fiction as well - and I'm hoping that maybe I can give just a little bit back. With that in mind, →

Woohoo!

Issue #4 of Nossa Morte has gone live.

Waiting…

The contract is signed, the bio is written, and both have been sent back to Nossa Morte. Now I just have to wait until August to see the story go up.