November 2011

A day full of exclamation points

November 26, 2011

I had to force myself to hold off on an exclamation-point-laden headline for this post, because I realize, looking around at my social media writing today, that I’ve been overusing this poor character. Several factors have contributed to today’s exuberant punctuation. I finished NaNoWriMo! Oh, wait. I mean, I finished NaNoWriMo. I started work on the [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 26: Finish line!

November 26, 2011

I just crossed the 50,000-word mark, which means that I’m officially a NaNoWriMo 2011 winner! Big smiles! In fairness to the art form of the novel, however, I’d like to be clear that these 50,002 words are in no way a reader-ready draft. That’s going to take at least another month of editing. At least. Still, [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 25: Home stretch!

November 25, 2011

I have 4,555 words to go before I hit the 50,000-word mark. It’s been a busy month, what with participating in NaNoWriMo, doing the prep work required to publish Realms Unreel on the Amazon Kindle store, and starting to develop a self-promotion plan for the book. So much of my brainpower is consumed with promotion planning [...]

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Realms Unreel now available on Amazon Kindle store

November 24, 2011

Realms Unreel is now available for sampling and purchase on Amazon Kindle store! Go there now and check it out!

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NaNoWriMo Day 19: Time for editing

November 19, 2011

I managed to get ahead of my word count quota for NaNo, so I’ve spent the last two days imposing some editorial oversight on the draft. This turns out to be a fairly different process from self-editing Realms Unreel, because I never wrote anything close to 35,000 words without interrupting the process for editing. I don’t [...]

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Five days until Realms Unreel ebook release

November 16, 2011

I’m planning to release Realms Unreel for Kindle and iBookstore on 11-22-11. The main thing that convinced me to go ahead with self-publishing while I wait to hear back from agents was the calendar. The Kindle Fire has just been released, and as all those new Kindle users start browsing the offerings on Amazon, I imagine there [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 14: Debts of Honor

November 14, 2011

For the last year, my writing practice has been a fairly literal extrapolation of Dorothea Brande’s advice in her excellent book Becoming a Writer (I’ll paraphrase: “To become a writer, write every day, no matter how badly, no matter what.”) and Malcolm Gladwell’s questionable but undeniably inspiring claim in Outliers (I’ll paraphrase: “Do something for 10,000 hours, [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 13: Bushwacking across the halfway point

November 13, 2011

Crossed the 25,000-word mark this evening. I’m now at 25,068 words. I’ve been thinking a lot about the axiom repeated ad nauseam by writing instructors and fellow writers offering critiques to one another: “show, don’t tell.” At the moment, the vast majority of my NaNo novel is exposition–”tell”–because that’s almost always how my story ideas [...]

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NaNoWriMo Day 12: Animism

November 12, 2011

Having chosen to make my narrator the first-person collective of architectural elements and objects in an old house, I find myself inspired to work backwards into the history of the house to figure out how animistic spirits came to reside there. The source of those spirits is becoming an interesting storyline in itself. The foundation [...]

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Getting to know the writer community at Authonomy

November 10, 2011

I used one of my Fancy Hands requests a while back to drum up a list of online communities that it might make sense for me to join in an effort to network with other writers and potential readers of Realms Unreel. I started checking out the suggested sites several days ago, as I’ve expanded [...]

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