A Quick Glance Back, While Looking Ahead

And, once again, it’s a New Year. Looking Back Major accomplishments from last year: Increase daily average to write at least 500 words each day (again, not including NaNoWriMo) I started out the year strong with this one, but then allowed myself to get distracted with other projects. That’s...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Leading from the Front

Final word count: 52,042 Average words per day: 1,735 Not my worst year. Not my best. But I’ll take it. It looked more than a little dicey even heading into the fourth week, so the long holiday weekend did the trick—as did finally getting to the scenes that I...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Four

Current word count: 48,341 Words this week: 24,031 Average words per day: 3,433 A very good week! The Thanksgiving weekend is almost always a strong one for me, writing-wise, if I’m not traveling. And this week is one for the record books . . . kind of. While my...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Three

Current word count: 24,310 Average words per day: 1,230 This has been another slow, low word-count week, but that was pretty much as expected. With the big event at work behind me, and a long holiday weekend coming up, I hope to make some major strides forward in terms...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week Two

Current word count: 15,699 Average words per day: 1,374 This week shaped up to be little better than Week One. A confluence of an extremely busy week at work, along with other factors, contributed to a much lower word count than I would have liked. It was not so...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: Week One

Current word count: 7,457 Average words per day: 1,065 This is not shaping up to be one of my better NaNoWriMo years. I started off strong (with word counts above 1,800 the first two days), but it has dropped off steady since then for a variety of reasons. While...

NaNoWriMo 2014 Report: First, A Little Background . . .

Yes, that it’s already that time of year again. I’m not at all clear where the past year went (as the dearth of blog posts here might indicate), but the calendar tells me that it time for NaNoWriMo again. This year, as I seem to be doing every other...

Looking Back, Looking Forward

And, once again, it’s a New Year. Looking Back Major accomplishments from last year: Pretty much wrote an average of 350 words each day (not including NaNoWriMo) Attended WorldCon Won NaNoWriMo (including helping to host two virtual Write-Ins) while attempting a different genre than is usual for me Wrote...

“Silent Night”

Author’s Note: This was a piece I did for the A Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction Contest. I didn’t win, so I’ll publish it here for you. Happy, um, holidays. Gerard barreled down the stairs. I’m first! I’m FIRST! He reached the landing and skidded to a halt....

NaNoWriMo 2013 Report: Another Unsolved Mystery . . .

Final word count: 50,129 Average words per day: 1,675 The body count rises. Red herrings are released into the wild. The wrong suspect has been taken into custody. Friends deal with a terrible moral dilemma. Not a bad month’s writing, if I do say so. While hardly a record...