two days ahead, three weeks behind

I’ve been laser-focused on the huge rewrite of “The Black Pool” (volume 3 of the Valhalla series). I’ve also been meeting newspaper and magazine deadlines, and working (lagging) on NIWA’s NSQ program. So I’ve not been blogging so much. After falling three weeks behind on the outline and notes for the rewrite, I mapped out […]

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heat wave and best intentions

Today, I’d hoped to announce?finally?the launch of The Indie Pub podcast. That’s not going to happen. We’re at the beginning of a heat wave here in Portland, and I’m laying low for a bit. I’ve found that my ideal temperature is around 58 degrees F. I start to have trouble when the thermometer sails past […]

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reading is work

I read a lot. Good readers make good writers, you know? So technically, every time I read something?even a cereal box?I’m technically working. At least that’s the joke I’ve always made with my partner. When he’d catch me reading in the middle of a work day, I’d feel a pang of guilt even though I […]

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incubation

Sometimes a story idea comes fully formed out of the blue, complete with all of its layers, nuances, character development, backstory, and plot points in place. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. More often, in my experience, new stories first make themselves known as fragments. Sometimes it’s a news story that jogs a hook, but […]

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why are books always better than movies?

Friday night, we went to see “World War Z” in the theater. I hadn’t read the novel ahead of time, but even though the movie isn’t reported to follow the book closely at all I still left the theater feeling pretty sure that I would have preferred Max Brooks’ version. I’m beginning to wonder if […]

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silence

“Your silence will not protect you. I blinked at the bumper sticker on the car stopped ahead of me at the traffic light. I hadn’t heard or read the statement before, but if I had been walking or skipping down the road these words would have tripped me up. I hadn’t read Audre Lorde’s powerful […]

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adventures in outlining

I’m trying something new right now: a chart/graph outline. The most famous example (currently/probably) on the internet is J.K. Rowling’s plot grid for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I first saw this about a month ago and was fascinated. Up ’til now, I’ve mostly used timelines to outline my novels. It’s basically […]

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