Year: 2012

NaNoWriMo Week 2: What’s Wrong With My Novel

It’s week 2 of Nanowrimo, fellow writers, and that usually means a dark slide into quiet despair. (Or loud despair, if the forums are any indication.) Even after all these years of winning Nanowrimo, I am not immune to the week 2 doldrums, and Playing Knotty is giving me a hell of a difficult time.… Read more NaNoWriMo Week 2: What’s Wrong With My Novel

Blog Hop! Answering Questions about Purely Professional

I volunteered for this Blog Hop when I heard about it from the fabulous K. Latham at Writing Before Dawn. I’d never heard of a Blog Hop before, but it sure sounded like fun. It’s like a chain letter, only it doesn’t contain some kind of crappy rhyme about friendship, it doesn’t cost any postage,… Read more Blog Hop! Answering Questions about Purely Professional

A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 2: Planning Tips

We’ve battened down the old hatches here in New England as we await the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, and I’m hoping to get this post out soon in case we lose power. More importantly, though, I need to finish my Nanowrimo planning! Some people spend months planning their November novels, but I’m not one of… Read more A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 2: Planning Tips

A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 1: General Tips

It’s almost November, and around here, November means National Novel Writing Month. The month hasn’t snuck up on me this time; rather, it’s loomed slowly out of the shadows like a great hulking beast, and I’ve watched it come with what may seem, to others, like an inappropriate lack of fear. We’re exactly one week… Read more A Guide to Winning NaNoWriMo – Part 1: General Tips

A Different Kind of “Coming Out” – Writing BDSM

I think I was 12 when I started sneaking my mother’s romance novels, ever since she made me returnĀ The Mammoth Hunters by Jane Auel to my 8th grade English teacher’s library because the book had too much sex in it. (For the record: it does.) I didn’t really understand sex until that point, certainly didn’t… Read more A Different Kind of “Coming Out” – Writing BDSM

Literary Abandon, Indeed… National Novel Writing Month, a Personal History

It’s October again. Here in New England, the leaves are turning colors and beginning to fall, everything comes in Pumpkin flavor, and my husband surreptitiously opens the bedroom windows in the evening so it drops to freezing temperatures by bedtime. It’s also the month where a young writer’s fancy turns to thoughts of National Novel… Read more Literary Abandon, Indeed… National Novel Writing Month, a Personal History