Talking about our book is a brain-paralyzing prospect for a lot of writers. We know our book better than anyone, love it (most of the time), and yet we totally freak out when it comes time to tell someone about it. Why? Because we think too much.
"Bullet journal" was coined in 2013, but I've kept an "everything notebook" for years. I don't aspire to any aesthetics other than a grid and straight lines. I don't always follow them, but I like them there. Which probably says a lot about me.
Why five? Because I was going to post this on Friday, so it was supposed to be a "Five on Friday" kind of thing. Only I didn't, and it's Tuesday, and Two on Tuesday is too few (say that five times fast), and Ten on Tuesday is too many. So five it is. #1. DFW… Continue reading 5 Field Trips
A confession: Though it may appear that I only write on this blog every month or so, this is untrue. The truth is, I write a lot—I mean, a lot—that I end up not using. (Much like my manuscripts.) Let me share the titles of some of the drafts in my folder: Please Don't Reset the Year… Continue reading Some Psyches Are a Bit Passive-Aggressive. Just Saying.
Congratulations! You've the parent of a manuscript. Now the real work begins. Obviously this is a post-NaNoWriMo post. I always picture editors bracing themselves on December 1st for the onslaught of manuscripts submitted at 12:01am. Okay, I don't really think that happens...any more than the normal percentage of people who think their first draft falls from… Continue reading NaNo Now What
You know that thing where you are all "I'm totally ready to write my NaNoWriMo* pages today!" and you've got your writing pants on, and your beverage of choice at hand, and the dogs have been fed, and your phone is on Do Not Disturb, then you sit down at your desk, pop open your… Continue reading Page Fright — The Struggle is Real
I really like lists. Lists, timelines, graphs, charts...not because I'm the most methodical of people, but precisely because I'm not. There's always a lot going on in noggin, and it's not terribly orderly in there. The big ideas are kind of wibbly wobbly all over time and space, and the little idea are sort of this gnat like cloud… Continue reading Leonardo’s To Do List and Michelangelo’s Groceries
You know that feeling you get when your teacher is posting grades for papers or tests? How you brace yourself, take a deep breath and hold it like you're doing the Ice Bucket Challenge? It's the same thing with books. Imagine getting your corrected test or term paper back, only it's 400 pages long. My edits still… Continue reading The Manuscript Cometh
I spent most of last week in rehearsal for a reunion show at my creative arts school in Arlington. We performed two shows this past weekend, to sold out houses. It was like a class reunion with just the people I like. Only it was also more than that, because there were thirty-five years of… Continue reading Week in Rewind
The local cops kept staring at me. I couldn't decide if it was the plaid miniskirt in subarctic temperatures, or the fact that they'd never seen anyone talk to the dead before. Here's something weird about me. I almost always start writing with the first line of the book. I know, I know. It doesn't… Continue reading Spirit and Dust Countdown