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Re: Evil

Between my last update and getting back to work on my YA novella, I began to think about evil. As a general rule, genre fiction is driven by the need to overcome an antagonist. The nature of evil has been explored ad nauseam. As a writer, I tend to lean …

The Casey Stratton Blog » Blog Archive » Spotify: How Do Indie Musicians Survive in the Digital Age?

Spotify: How do indie artists survive in the digital age? The wonderful Casey Stratton blogged about streaming and the digital age and its impact on independent musicians. Apropos of similarly themed conversations in indie writing circles.

Nuts & Bolts

I was getting lost in my own revisions, but to prove that I actually am working on this shit, here’s what my current checklist looks like. It’s what I call a ‘reverse outline’, where I outline what’s already been written so I don’t forget and do something twice. Also, so …

Fish Tales

This is George, my betta. He’s been with me for a few months and hasn’t died yet, like his predecessor Fred, so I must be doing something right. He has two castles he likes to swim in and out of, and a silk plant because his live one rotted. I …

Post-Apocalypse Picture Series #1 – I’m a playa.

So, the apocalypse came and went and nobody noticed. Sometime during the weekend, I downloaded a new app for my Android phone, which turns the camera into various retro cameras. I took this picture with the camera named ‘FudgeCan’, but don’t ask me what the hell that means. It’s the …

Collaboration; or, Clash of the Egos

Yesterday I asked singer/songwriter Casey Stratton to talk a bit in his podcast about collaborating with other musicians. He spoke about being possessive of his songs and his process, in the sense that he doesn’t think he would enjoy having to always write songs with someone else. By the same …

Yes, I meant Harrisburg

Recently, I was sitting at my favourite cafe with my netbook, working on revisions to my WIP. I no longer remember exactly how the conversation started,  but a stranger who claimed to be an English teacher became rather curious about my activities. I told him I’m writing a novel. When …

Journaling for Authors

Traditionally, keeping a journal was thought of as a very personal, private process. Teenage fiction is filled with the inevitable ‘kid brother stole my diary’ scene, or ‘mom read my diary?? I hate her forever and ever!’ The idea is that you write things for nobody else to read. Wait, …

The Neverending Story

I spent 10+ years working on my first novel attempt. So much so, that by the end of it all I was no longer the same person who started writing, and I no longer knew what the hell I was trying to say. So I gave that up. Wrote it …

Very Much About Momentum: Jim C. Hines on Making the Most of Lunch Breaks « Booklife

http://booklifenow.com/2011/03/very-much-about-momentum-jim-c-hines-on-making-the-most-of-lunch-breaks/ Jim C. Hines, one of my favourite authors, explains his relationship with the day job. I can relate to this blog post.

The Forest and the Trees

Sometimes all it takes is a little distance. Upon finishing the fourth draft of Gypsy Fiddle I set it aside and hunkered down for the winter. What I gained in the process – or so I hope – was the ability to see the big picture. To move past the …

The Long Dark

Festival season is over, and winter is upon us here in the northern hemisphere. To me, this often means a definite downturn of my general mood, a decrease in productivity. My muse goes into hibernation, leaving me shivering in the cold, staring into the dark clouds and feeling like they …

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