NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference

Well dear reader, it’s true I’m doing a National Novel Writers Month project again this year. It’s also true that I was at a writers’ conference last week. And, to be honest, the writers’ conference both hindered and helped me in my thinking about NANO this year… Things that get in the way… My wifeContinue reading “NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference”

Building better…

Sorry folks, no politics here. Today we’re talking about some changes happening to the blog. New contributors I’ve been working this blog and Words Mean Stuff solo since the beginning. But, my point of view and skill set aren’t the only ones out there. It also takes a lot of work to do it allContinue reading “Building better…”

Punt or prosper?

This week on Forever Mountain Publishing, real adventures (and decisions) in writing! This week I’m sharing a bit about a project I’m working on, and why I’m making the decisions I am. The idea Some readers may know that I’m not just a writer. I also make stuff! A while back, I wrote some chainmailContinue reading “Punt or prosper?”

NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…

I know, I know it’s only August, but November is coming. And, November is the month for NANOWRIMO. I’ve talked about NANOWRIMO before. Actually… Several… Times… . I’ve ‘won’ several times too. But it’s still relevant for many of us in the writing community. So, it’s time to talk about it again. NANO is aContinue reading “NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…”

From the beginning, for a second time…

We’re not born knowing everything. We learn. And, after a while, we forget what it’s like to be a novice learner. We forget that first time experience. This is a problem for writers. As my theater major roommate used to say, “every time the story is told is the first time for someone.” That meansContinue reading “From the beginning, for a second time…”

DM and Player, switching gears…

Two weeks ago, I wrote about a live gaming event I took part in. Last Saturday, in my group’s virtual game, we had another unusual event. I took off the mantle of Dungeon Master (DM) and I’m running a character as a player. I needed a break. One of the others wanted to DM forContinue reading “DM and Player, switching gears…”

Side stories and tangents

Yes, dear reader, I’ve been editing again. And editing has gotten me thinking. Sometimes a book has too many b, c, d, etc. stories. If you have too many side stories and tangents, it’s easy for a reader to get lost. But sometimes there are too few. Some stories are pretty relentless in following aContinue reading “Side stories and tangents”

Live event, laughs, and lessons

(Note this post also appears at Words Mean Stuff under a slightly different title…) Well, I survived! Besides a family reunion, I spent a weekend at a live tabletop gaming event. I have to say it went well, but there are always interesting bits and moments. (For those who might wonder I’ll call it ‘almostContinue reading “Live event, laughs, and lessons”