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Writing Wednesday: July’s Camp is Almost Over!

July’s Camp NaNoWriMo session is almost over and I am not doing well.  Why?  My head isn’t as into it as I hoped.  Where is my head?  Sooooo many other places and most of it can be mentioned just yet.  It has to do with November’s plans, how to fill the 8 months between now andRead more

How I Write

It is almost July, which means it’s round 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo.  I have been writing in NaNoWriMo events for 12 years.  For 12 years, as a writer, I have written in nearly every NaNoWriMo event.   For about 66% of that time I have thought about what it means to be a writer, especially asRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Ch-ch-ch-changes!

Recollection Wednesday is the day I look back and where I have been as a reader, writer, knitter, person, etc.  Typically it will be connected to a book I have read in the past.  By past I mean, not this week.  This is still not a book review, but like with many book clubs, theRead more

Writing and Confidence and Failure

I am switching things around and Fridays are now going to be me discussing anything I want to discuss in my life.  It could be knitting, Wikipedia, work, writing, more reading, Cedric Doggery, Sabine the cat, or anything else.  Why?  I DO WHAT I WANT! That’s why.  Please to enjoy. Once a month I meetRead more

No, I Didn’t Win Camp NaNoWriMo and That’s OK

For the first time in a very long time, I did not win Camp NaNoWriMo.  It’s actually not a big deal and here is why. First, some background is necessary.  While November is the main NaNoWriMo period, in April and July there are two smaller periods with self-defined goals.  Instead of 50,000 you can chooseRead more

Writing Communities

Reading and writing are not thought of as group activities.  Even those of us who join book clubs, do the reading on our own.  For me reading is something done alone.  The first time I read a book with someone (an audiobook with a boy friend), it was weird.  I felt obligated to avoid skippingRead more

Another Published Story: Frozen Wasteland

This fall I tried my hand at writing horror for the first time.  This morning, Mill Pages (my writing group’s Zine) posted the story: Frozen Wasteland.  You can read it on the webpage.    

Weekend Special: Me! Published! YAY!

It has been a crazy week.  Actually, so far every week this year has been a crazy week.  Some of it good stuff and some of it bad.  This week had a bunch of both.  For example, my tenure application has been unanimously accepted by the most difficult committee to get through.  The other good newsRead more

My Writing – National Novel Writing Month

It’s November and, for me, that means it’s National Novel Writing Month.  This is year 12 for me and for the first time, in a long time, I am writing something original. This year I am working on a mystery novel about a serial killer in an academic library.  In no way is my lifeRead more