Witch Novel update

January 24th, 2024 · No Comments

I survived the comments from Reader #2. Most suggestions are easy to implement or require just a bit of revision. One of the areas requiring major change wasn’t a surprise at all, as I was never sure that it really worked anyway. Lots of positive comments helped, of course, so I wasn’t required to visit […]

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I used that word HOW many times?

December 27th, 2023 · No Comments

I’m waiting for some ‘bigger picture’ comments on the Witch Novel so thought I might as well proceed with some ‘easy’ editing. This involves searching the document for weasel words* and my own personal pet words (notably ‘dark’ and ‘pale’. God, I love those words). Weasel words include things like: suddenly, finally, merely, huge, most, […]

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Another Year, Another Nano

December 1st, 2023 · No Comments

Wrapped up Nanowrimo for another year and met my goal of 5,000 words. They were 5,000 pretty pathetic words and I suspect that when I start “Glass World Take Four” they will all vanish into the electronic ether, but c’est la vie. Words were typed! Goals were met! The world moves on.

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Nanowrimo 2023

November 18th, 2023 · No Comments

So far I’m making my target for this year’s National Novel Writing Month, but I admit that target is pretty modest: 5,000 words on the Glass World project. I’m not feeling terribly inspired and am in the “well, I have no idea what’s going on here but might as well have THIS happen” stage. The […]

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May is also pretty mean …

May 20th, 2023 · No Comments

Where we left our heroine, she was recovering from Covid and a bad fall. May was promising, with a visit from a sibling, a road trip, and a long-delayed trip to Nova Scotia coming up in June. Work on the witch novel was proceeding, flamenco class had been resumed, I’d had my first writing date […]

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First Review Done

April 17th, 2023 · No Comments

Finished off the first review of the novel. Conclusions: Next steps: Onward!

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Second Draft Ready to Go

March 21st, 2023 · No Comments

I’ve now ignored the shitty first draft for about 2 months so it’s time to start the less shitty (let’s hope) second draft. I’m starting with some suggestions from Matt Bell’s book REFUSE TO BE DONE for my revision process – but I’m quite sure I’m going to draw the line at writing the book […]

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It was February. I did some things.

March 3rd, 2023 · No Comments

While the Witch Novel is marinating (i.e. I printed off all 299 pages but have not looked at them AT ALL), I’ve turned my attention to my other project, The Glass World Thing. This is the project that started as a fluffy modern romance, switched gears to become a historical fiction supernatural thing (possibly not […]

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SHITTY FIRST DRAFT DONE!

January 22nd, 2023 · No Comments

Last Monday, sitting in Balzac’s Coffee Shop on Market Street across from Gemma Files, I finished the shitty first draft of the the Witch Novel. Cue the celebratory noisemakers and confetti. (Sadly, there was no champagne for me as I’m doing dry January.) I know shitty first drafts are the thing but I struggle with […]

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Rocks and Shoals

November 20th, 2022 · No Comments

Or perhaps the mid-month slump. I’m on target for my NaNoWriMo goals but definitely feeling like I’m tap dancing like crazy and waving my jazz hands in an attempt to conjure up something meaningful to write. To take the dance from metaphor to reality, I’m also working on my piece for the next flamenco video […]

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