Books, Fiction, My Books, Real Life, Short story, Writing

‘Tis the Season for Rain

It appears our rainy season has begun here in the central valley of California, but we’re still in the midst of a severe drought, so we’re always hoping for more rain. Time to buy more sweet ground chocolate and another bottle of cream whiskey for Irish hot chocolate. Or maybe I’ll try making my own… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Rain

Real Life, Short story, Writing

Brain Buzz

Because I was severely anemic, I had to have a blood transfusion before my recent surgery. My doctor said I needed five pints, but the most they could give me was three. He said I’d feel a lot better afterwards. Well, I can’t say I got to enjoy the energy boost right away because the… Continue reading Brain Buzz

Blog Stuff, Feedback, Fiction, Short story, Writing

Research, revision, and redecorating

I don’t know everything, and sometimes, I realize I don’t really know what I thought I knew. So if I want to write believable fiction, I have to research. A recent blog post by Christi Craig started me thinking about what I’ve researched lately.

Craft, Fiction, Short story, Writing

My muse ain’t lazy

If I’ve learned one thing about myself as a writer, it’s that I’m impatient. I want to write faster, I want to edit faster, I want to get feedback faster, I want … well, you get the idea. So I get impatient with my Muse when she doesn’t seem to be cooperating with my “I want” schedule. I tend to forget she could be working behind the scenes.

Critique, Feedback, Fiction, Short story, Writing

Eventually, it always comes back to writing

So, yeah. I’ve been writing. As soon as I finished the first draft of one story, I started another. Now, scenes from my next novel are playing in my head. It’s a bit distracting, but I’m not going to drop everything and open that novel file yet. These little previews are just the Muse letting me know she’s working on it.