A Slipper Day

Mar 02, 2021

Some days you can explain my life in slippers. Take days where I wash clothes.  First thing in the morning, I head into the freezer of a hallway.  (It’s the end of winter – spring is definitely coming, but it isn’t here yet.)  I live in an old Japanese house – not old enough to be interesting, just […]

more things

Feb 19, 2021

I’m thinking about adding to the content of this blog.  It can’t be interesting to read me rambling about writing all the time, and I’ll probably annoy myself doing it too often. I think ideally I’d like to add some kind of creative writing to this.  Maybe a serial or else some short stories that don’t fit […]

too much in my head

Feb 16, 2021

Today I’m thinking about the two mindsets you’re asked to keep together to be a novelist.  Practical and impossible. To write, you have to lie a lot.  You have to spend a lot of time in worlds that don’t exist.  Today I spent time thinking up a writing system that doesn’t exist and then taking it through the […]

first draft problems

Feb 12, 2021

The problem with a first draft is that you might die. (Why am I thinking about first drafts when I’m querying a finished manuscript?  After my last ramble on what I should be writing I came up with some interesting thoughts for a new book, so I’m working on that as well as the Quirk […]

3am thoughts

Feb 09, 2021

What should I be working on now?  This is the question bothering me (well, let’s be honest, one of many) as I query away for Quirk.  I know I want to still be writing, and ideally I’d love to get to a spot where I’m writing something, editing something else, and publishing a third thing, pretty much […]

tired dry eyes

Feb 05, 2021

So.  Looking for an agent is exhausting. Of course I knew it would be hard – everyone says so – but I had always assumed the hard part was writing queries and waiting months to hear back only to be rejected.  So I prepared for that.  Silly me, I never thought about how hard it […]

mean betas

Feb 03, 2021

I’m looking for beta readers. Yes, I know I said that I was done writing the book – and I am! – and that I had finished all the polishing – and I have! – but the thing is, as someone I can’t be bothered to look up said, books are never finished, only abandoned. […]

a start

Feb 02, 2021

I’ve finished my book.  And now, the work begins. Or so I’m told.  I am officially entering the realm of “I know nothing about anything”, so who knows?  Perhaps I will be one of those blessed writers who find the business side of things exciting and enjoyable. I doubt it though.  Not that I’m a pessimist, but everything does […]