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Finding Motivation

I have been lacking motivation when it comes to my fiction writing for a while now. I love to write. I love sharing my voice with others. But I need external motivation. I know this. So, I’ve made a couple decisions.
I am going to submit an excerpt of the novella I am working on, and possibly a short story, to NorWesCon for critique. It will be the first time I’ve ever submitted to a convention, so I’m starting in my comfort zone- a sci-fi/fantasy convention known for a respected writers’ workshop, instead of starting at a literary convention.

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Writing


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Geek Girl Con: Writing Through Real Life

I attended 2 panels at Geek Girl Con.

I could’ve been on the panel for Writing Through Real Life. Their advice was advice I’ve given, though I’m at a point in my writing that I need to hear this stuff again, from people outside my regular critique group. The content was solid.

 I should’ve been on the panel, or the panel shouldn’t have been made up of people from the same MFA program. This wasn’t meant to be a recruiting event for one, or any, MFA program. It was supposed to be about finding time to write in real life.

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Posted by on October 12, 2011 in School, Writing


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Meta Post

On Saturday night, as I was falling in to bed at 12:30am (technically not Saturday anymore), I realized that I had never put up a post for that day. I felt bad, but mostly tired, very tired.

On Sunday, at critique group, I mentioned I was considering changing this from a 7 day a week blog to a week day only set up. The non-verbal reactions of my group quickly brought home the point that that would be a bad idea.

So we will remain at 7 days a week. And I will try not to miss any more days.

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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in blogging, Critique, Writing


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A New Word Processor

I removed Open Office from my laptop because it’s just too big for the processing power of my $300, three year old, barely meets the specs for its Vista OS laptop. But that means that I need to find a new way to work on my fiction when I go to critique group. So, I’m giving Google docs a try.

This morning was the first time I’d gotten into Google docs since I uploaded the pieces there. After some confusion about which account they were in and then a computer crash, I was able to view and edit my documents.

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Software, Technology, Writing


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I am apparently not home enough. At least according to my Beagle, who decided that instead of typing this post, I should be paying attention to her. She is small enough to jump on my lap, and so up she came. However, she’s big enough that she can’t really settle. She’s constantly having to shift her weight in order to stay balanced on my thighs and knees. This is not an issue on the couch or in the recliner, but on the computer chair, its precarious. So off the computer I get in order to give the puppies some love.

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Posted by on April 24, 2011 in Dogs, Pets


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New Year Goals

I rarely make New Year’s resolutions as they always seem like promises that you have permission to break. I did know one woman who made one made a resolution to give up chocolate. And she did, permanently. That will never be me.

But a new year is as good a time as any to evaluate my goals and make some changes. This year, I want to grow all three of my blogs. Here I need to maintain. On Life by Pets I need to get on a regular MWF schedule. Plus Fiction in 50 is turning in to a contest.


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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Microfiction, Writing


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Nobody’s Perfect

“China Details Activits in Mental Hospitals” You won’t see this headline on MSN now, as its been changed to “China holds activists in mental wards” but I loved the original, misspelled, and misleading headline. What are activits? Why would you detail them in mental wards? Maybe they’re hallucinations?

I have heard (thank you Candace Dempsey) that at MSN the policy is “Get it up, then get it right”.  I know none of us are perfect, but every once in a while, its nice to see proof of it in black and white, even if it lasts less than five minutes.

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Writing


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