D is for Draft

How many drafts of a novel do I do? I have no idea. My revision process doesn't quite work in a linear complete draft kind of way. Most of the time, I revise scenes as I go along. Some novels like Luck for Hire and Fuel Eaters were written fairly straight through in a very rough … Continue reading D is for Draft

RoW80 – Februray 13th Check In

As I write this, Eric is out picking up dinner. Yes, I have avoided bologna sandwiches by meeting my 10K-a-fortnight goal. Chicken schnitzel cordon-bleu, rösti, coleslaw, marinated green beans, and tomato-basil salad will be eaten soon.Word counts:Wednesday: 1601Thursday: 202 - Things were looking grim. I knew what scene I needed to write, but got stuck … Continue reading RoW80 – Februray 13th Check In


I made no writing progress after Tuesday. I know that "I just wasn't feeling it" isn't a great excuse, but there is it. I don't approve of the mystification of the writing process; it undermines the reality that it's hard work. But I've always felt that writing is more of a calling than a job. … Continue reading Irregular

NoCuFoNi Update & 4 Film Recs

Novel Cutting Fortnight (NoCuFoNi) progress: -4183 words. That's out of an original 23,918. Which is actually more like 17% instead of 10%. My argument for not shooting for 20% per scene is that this includes the exorcism of a character. I clung too long to a nine-page scene that was rewritten down to a couple … Continue reading NoCuFoNi Update & 4 Film Recs

November…on its head. ( #amwriting )

No NaNoWriMo for me. Instead, more of a NoCutHalfMo. My goal, by the end of next week, is to cut 10K from Model Species. So far, after starting Thursday and doing a pretty substantial rewrite on the first scene, I'm at -823. I have a long row to hoe.Halloween passed with little fanfare. There wasn't … Continue reading November…on its head. ( #amwriting )

Rewriting, It’s What’s for Dinner ( #amwriting )

Rewrote the first scene of Model Species. Then cut 10% of it, word-count wise. Lean prose. I'm going to go through the rest of Model Species, cut the fat, make a couple of changes. Then do the same to Luck for Hire. Probably should do Divine Fire too eventually.No NaNoWriMo for me this year. I'm … Continue reading Rewriting, It’s What’s for Dinner ( #amwriting )

So, yeah… ( #amwriting )

Received a non-vague rejection from an agent yesterday. The upshot: my writing sample (in this case, the first five pages of Model Species) did not maintain the interest that, presumably, the query letter elicited. Which put Eric in "What can be improved?" mode. The advantage of Eric's "What can be improved?" attitude is that, well, things … Continue reading So, yeah… ( #amwriting )