It’s Okay to Make Stuff Up

I began working on one of my novels over the weekend.  It opens in Chile, and one of the roadblocks I immediately ran into was the fact that I know almost nothing about Chile.  I know where it’s located and a couple of cities, but that’s it.  While I’ve got Google Maps showing me the […]

Who’s Going to be President (in Your Story)?

It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Things been hectic at my day job, and I’ve managed to set some time aside in the evening to get the needle twitching on my writing-o-meter.  I currently have four projects that I’m either developing or about ready to start drafting, two novels and two short stories. One […]

Erin’s Cave

Erin went into the wolf’s lair.  The air was hot, damp, and close.  She had been on the trail for days, almost a week.  It began raining on the second day.  The rain turned into a storm by the fourth, lightening for just a few hours as he emerged from the woods and began climbing […]

Brainstorming

I’m sitting at my desk at home determined to come out of this with at least one good idea to write about.  There is an idea out there.  I know it.  So where can I find one? GAMING Gaming is sort of like a quick-fix sub for reading.  It distracts me from the current problem […]

The Freedom of Unoriginality

I’ve written about 2,000 words so far this year.  Considering that’s about how much I wrote all of 2018, I’d call that progress.  Most of those words are for those days when I actually posted something to the blog.  I’m still feeling quite stymied as far as creative fiction goes. James Patterson once remarked that […]

Coping With the Dark Days

Jacqui and I graduated from the same cohort at Antioch.  She’s awesome and talented, and you really ought to check out her work.  She and I (and many others from Antioch) also have mixed feelings about our MFA experience. Yesterday, Jacqui tweeted, “I never imagined feeling so unqualified to do this thing I spent so […]

Blockage and Resistance

I started reading DIY MFA today by Gabriela Pereira.  If I’m going to undo the damage that my traditional MFA did, I might as well start on an nontraditional road. As well as being the foundation for her entire DIY philosophy, Pereira’s first chapter touches on writer’s block and resistance.  This caught my attention immediately […]