What a week! I had no more time than usual, occasionally less due to skipped/combined naps, and yet somehow, magically, I managed to write 5,000 words! That's 1k/day! HOW, you ask? I've finally embraced the questionable juggernaut that is GoogleDocs. I got it set up on my phone this past weekend on the advice of… Continue reading Stolen Moments, 5k, and Five Year Goals
I sold a storeeeeeeeee~!!! Finally got the contract squared away, so I'm able to announce that I sold my dark spec fic story about a struggling new mother, "More than Instinct," to DAILY SF!!! :DDD You guys, I'm so excited! This is my second pro-rate sale this year, which feels just fantastic. It also means… Continue reading New Story Sold!
Phew. Life the past couple of weeks has been both completely bonkers, and simultaneously motionless. Had a brief COVID scare when B-Bug developed cold symptoms and a fever, but his test came back negative, thank goodness! With an under 1yo at home and grandparents over 60, the doctor recommended getting tested. SO THAT HAPPENED. Thankfully,… Continue reading Cabin Fever & the Doldrums
UUUUUUGH. So the past two weeks have been about as productive as a clogged toilet. The sleeping situation did not improve, NAY-! Our attempt to fix the situation inevitably made it horribly worse, so we're backtracking to what used to work (at least, better), and restarting with a later bedtime and hoping that at least… Continue reading PPPFFFTTTTTT~!
Phew! So...it's been a bit since I updated where things stand currently! Truth is, it's been a sleep-exhaustion-induced haze, these past couple weeks. Goldbug is either toothing or going through his 9mo sleep regression or hitting major brain milestones (he is walking!), or ALL THREE AT ONCE, combined with dropping temperatures at night and uneven… Continue reading About as Good as an Exploded Whale Carcass…
It's so rainy today, and I woke up in the middle of a dream to get B-Bug breakfasted and logged into school. My folks are taking a much needed (quiet) vacation for a few days, which means I'm 100% on point, which is surprisingly challenging. I've gotten so used to having at least one adult… Continue reading Re-established Habits, Silence, and Looking Ahead
I am officially a year older! October rolled into town and officially ushered me into "adulthood" with no "young" modifier. There was only a brief internal panic about the number of years wracked up, time passed, etc., but overall, I had a lovely day. Goldbug gave me two nice naps and a poop, and B-Bug… Continue reading 1 Birthday, 2 Games, 3 Writing Goals
Have you ever been possessed by a book? You're just reading along, and all of a sudden, you're either completely emotionally overcome or you're going about your day later, and this book just keeps intruding on your thoughts? I don't mean just that you enjoy it, or even that you want to just get back… Continue reading POSSESSION BY BOOK
Another bum week. I tell you, toothing is the worst thing to happen to the primary-caregiver/writer. Naps once dependable are shot through with wriggles and evaporate at the slightest noise. Nighttime sleeping is a tumultuous affair, more characterized by shots of adrenaline whenever the wee one stirs than by restful slumber. And don't even get… Continue reading Tooth 4.0, Brick Walls, and Cabinet Mayhem
Show, don't tell. Fix it later. Kill your darlings. Hook the reader. Torment your characters. Writers write. Ours is an industry that loves catchy truisms. Writing is tough at the best of times, but what makes it particularly challenging as a career is that there's no clear path to success, no obvious steps or stages… Continue reading KEYS & LOCKS