Virtual Friends, Life, and Relationships: Part 1 — The Game’s Afoot

vir·tu·al (vûr’cho-o–?l)adj. Existing or resulting in essence or effect though not in actual fact, form, or name: the virtual extinction of the buffalo. Existing in the mind, especially as a product of the imagination. Used in literary criticism of a text. Computer Science Created, simulated, or carried on by...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: View From the 50,000-Word Level

Well, it’s over. 50,053 words in 30 days. The noise you hear is the sound of my heading hitting the desk in exhaustion. I don’t think even in college did I dare to make such a mad dash to the writing finish line for something. I know that what...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 4

I just wanted to drop in for a quick report as I sprint for the finish line (to paraphrase a fellow NaNoWriMo-er friend of mine) . . . The story took a very unexpected turn—both thematically and in storyline—over the long weekend. It will be interesting to see how...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 3

Well, Week 3 has been an interesting one. I had a huge spike of progress over the weekend, but I’m still lagging seriously behind in word count. Still, when I look at the number of words/pages I’ve written so far this month, I am rather pleased. I have two...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 2

Clichés mostly come to mind this week: “Slow, but steady” and, the Fremen favorite, “The slow way is the sure way.” My muse has spent most of the week speaking to me in sound bites—rationing out the story one single scene at a time. I’ve been making progess, but...

NaNoWriMo 2006 Report: Week 1

Argh! The week started out very well. Up until yesterday, I met or exceeded by planned word count for the day. And then the muse decided to become stubborn. I thought I had loaded the deck by using a story idea I had been tossing around for a couple...

Scary Stuff From the “What the Heck Was I Thinking?” Department

Today is October 31st (Halloween). Tomorrow is November 1st. Tomorrow also begins National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. I can thank (blame?) the illustrious (infamous?) Elemental Mom for encouraging me to attempt the challenge this year. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel during the month...

Judgement Day

You don’t say, “I’ve done it!” You come, with a kind of horrible desperation, to realize that this will do. Anthony Burgess A friend of mine was telling me why several of the projects around their house were not completed. I started thinking about all of the writing projects...

Taming the Muse

I was talking to a friend of mine earlier today who told me that she hadn’t had lunch yet because her “muse had her by throat”. I knew exactly what she meant. Muses appear generally benevolent to other people; writers know better. They are persistent taskmasters who demand nothing...

Writing as Work

“I don’t know much about creative writing programs. But they’re not telling the truth if they don’t teach, one, that writing is hard work, and two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.” Doris Lessing Writing is hard...