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Are You Ready for Some NaNo?

Besides football, November is also known for the international obsession known as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.1  (There are some who think of it as “Writhing Month.” You know who you are.) If you don’t want to follow the link above, the graphic pretty much sums up what NaNo is all about. The objective…

National Punctuation Day!

Today is National Punctuation Day. In honor of the first holiday of the season (you know…NPD, Halloween, Thanksgiving (or Thanksgiving, Halloween if you’re Canadian, eh), Christmas, New Year’s Day), here are a few things to keep in mind regarding punctuation: The interrobang is not a recognized punctuation mark, okay‽ Don’t try to fake it by using exclamation…

Anticipation

Anticipation. Interesting word, that. Not quite an emotion, but anticipation can certainly give rise to conflicting emotions. Take the period between the global announcement from the Aliens, four hours after the USA won the 2010 World Cup (a miracle in itself, according to most of the world, including most of the USA), to their actual…

Street of Hope

This is the third story based on a prompt from our Wavewriters group. Today’s prompt: Scent of a baby. My squad was assigned to the south side of the Rue d’Espoir—the Street of Hope. Ironic, that: Our orders were to shoot anything that breathed, or moved. No hope if you were one of the Others….

Flamingo

In Monday’s post, I mentioned some writing friends and I had started using Google’s Wave to discuss writing. One of those Waves is a prompt that Breana puts up each day. Yesterday’s story, “The People,” was the result of one of those prompts (the prompt word was “dweller,” incidentally). Today’s prompt was “drab,” and Tami…

The People

The Eldest woke before the sun, as always. He made his way down the sturdy wooden ladder to the valley floor and walked slowly to the river. Yesterday’s trickle, as he had feared, was no greater this morning. Just six seasons ago, the river had almost filled the valley. Floods had threatened the cliff dwellings…

Weekly Wrap-Up: June 21

What Is This? Every Monday, I document the happenings of the past week. The original (and still primary) intent is to track my progress in meeting my writing goals. Increasingly, I’ve been discussing more than just writing. For example, I’m a sports nut, so occasionally I’ll throw in a sports tidbit. I may talk about…

The Weed

Today’s offering had its genesis in the latest Saucy Wenches podcast from Tami and Iris. The writing prompt for May is “weed” (from Tami) and “towel” (from Iris). Incorporating the two words was pretty easy, but from there…well, let’s just say my muse fled quickly. I make no apology for what follows: My intent was…

Weekly Wrap-Up: May 10

What Is This? Every Monday, I document the happenings of the past seven days. The original (and still primary) intent is to track my progress in meeting my writing goals. Increasingly, I’ve been discussing more than just writing. For example, I’m a sports nut, so occasionally I’ll throw in a sports tidbit. I may talk…

World-Building with Skitch and Scrivener

I have written about Scrivener before. However, as I continue to use it, I find it even more useful as I discover (read: use for the first time) new features. For example…. Yesterday I was working on a world-building exercise for Throne. I wrote out a short description of the political geography along these lines:…

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