Simple Math for the New Year

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At the start of 2011 I had just one goal: to get Uncanny Valley started. I took all of January to work on character biographies and my first ever Spreadsheet of Awesome, and when February came around I started writing. My goal was to write 1,000 words a week from February on–roughly 48,000 words for […]

Blocks, and the Removal of Them

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The last few weeks have been difficult as far as creativity goes. Stressful deadlines at work have led to a lot of overtime and some serious burn out. Loneliness and a family tragedy have put a dark pall over the last few days and made anything besides going to work seem like a Herculean task. […]


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Overtime at work and the Thanksgiving holiday got in the way this week, but I can proudly announce that I finally hit 50,000 words in Uncanny Valley despite all that. (Alas, I am not awesome enough for that to have been a NaNoWriMo word count—that’s approaching ten months of work. But still—50,000 words!) I’ve still […]

Ramping Up

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This week was a pretty good week for me. I wrote 3,000 words (and a tiny bit of change) in Uncanny Valley. While this is less than the goal I set last week, it is also half again as much as I wrote last week, so I’ll take it. I also realized that I’ve eclipsed […]

How Do You Eat an Elephant?

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On Monday I decided it was high time I started being ambitious again, and to that end I decided to do some calculations. A rough estimate said that I could finish the first draft of Uncanny Valley in about 35,000 words and when I divided that into the number of days left in the year, […]

Master List of Prompts

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Almost two years ago Charisse and I closed our writing community. It ran for three years and (almost) every week we put up five new prompts for people to use. However, it closed in January of 2010 due to faltering activity. I wanted a to preserve the final list of prompts on my website just […]

A Semi-Triumphant Return

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My new laptop showed up last week, and that means I’m back to writing. My schedule hasn’t been very consistent, sadly, but that’s what happens when you have a sudden and extended hiatus. (I did read several books while I waited for a new computer, and that was rather nice.) All told I scraped up […]


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You ever have one of those weeks where you think you’ve accomplished more than you actually have? Apparently that was this week for me. I was very excited to tell you all about the writing I had done. And then I realized I hadn’t even cleared a thousand words. This was an unexpected blow to […]

A Step Forward

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I didn’t have a stellar word count last week (2,077 new words and an additional 1,182 old words edited), but I did manage to close out chapter two of Cold Iron and hand it back to Mary Beth for chapter three. It’s been exciting to go back and look at our old chapters with a […]