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actually writing blog: YPP Weekend Blockades, December 3-4: Blockade now, supplies are limited
2016-12-03 13:18 MST

Bookends! My last meal before leaving Avon, just like my first in arriving, is at China Garden. (Today I'm having the snow peas and mushrooms with beef. It is OK but I think I liked the crispy duck better.) But unlike last Saturday, I have no overdue homew . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette is not alone and is very distracted right now
2016-12-03 01:02 MST

I done put a Fictionette up on Friday, an' it feels great. (I really did! Check it out.) Also, I am hanging out at Loaded Joe's where the best karaoke DJ in Colorado (in my opinion) is doing his thing, with the help of a huge enthusiastic crowd of Eagle Va . . . .

actually writing blog: can't TG when I isn't O
2016-12-02 00:37 MST

It's Thursday. Thursday is scrimmage day, both here with 10th Mountain and back home with Boulder County Bombers. (I hear tonight's BCB scrimmage was fantastic.) Unfortunately, a conflicting event scheduled in 10th Mtn's practice space obliged them to canc . . . .

actually writing blog: the hot tub and red wine method of novel planning
2016-11-30 23:51 MST

Tonight was another successful evening of novel planning. Yes, yesterday counted as successful--once I put away the laptop and got in the tub. This time I skipped the bit that didn't work and went straight to dunking myself in hot water AND I COUNTED THAT . . . .

actually writing blog: no no really this is part of the writing process
2016-11-29 22:40 MST

I've never planned a novel out the way I'm trying to plan this one. But then, I've never actually finished a novel at all, so it was probably time to change my approach. Oh, I've reached THE END before, I've reached 50,000 words, but I've never quite manag . . . .

actually writing blog: this fictionette can think of five reasons to stop feeling guilty without even trying hard
2016-11-28 23:57 MST

All right, all right, it's up. Finally. The Friday Fictionette nominally for November 25 is "Five Good Reasons" (Patron-only links: ebook | audiobook) and if you're wondering "for what?" the answer is many things. But mainly it's to do with a dental hygien . . . .

actually writing blog: the postponement that surprised no one
2016-11-26 23:17 MST

Turns out food coma is a thing, even on vacation. Especially on vacation. Thus the Friday Fictionette which I said to expect on Saturday will come out on Sunday instead (which you probably saw coming), but not for lack of trying. I'm working on it right no . . . .

actually writing blog: how much doing stuff makes up for not doing the stuff
2016-11-25 23:17 MST

My brief run of on-time Friday Fictionettes has been undone by Thanksgiving plus travel preparations. And it's not even like either factor was particularly extravagant. Thanksgiving consisted of a little skating, a nice lunch at a favorite restaurant, a bi . . . .

actually writing blog: taking the guilt out of guilty pleasures
2016-11-23 23:56 MST

I still don't have the hang of Wednesdays. Their insistence on coming after Tuesdays is one problem--although, admittedly, last night's roller derby practice was much lighter than usual, so I didn't wake up feeling beat up. But I had another rough night of . . . .

actually writing blog: i knew this when I was a puppy
2016-11-22 22:43 MST

It's already November 22 and I've barely spent any hours at all working on my new novel. I guess novel-writing season is likely to extend into December. Of course, in theory, thoroughly planning the novel out beforehand can result in knocking the draft out . . . .

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2014-12-31: "The Blacksmith Goes to the Ball" in SpeckLit

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