Monthly Archives: October 2022

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NaNoWriMo Success – Some Pointers

This is my annual post to help those participating in NaNoWriMo and who — this part is critical — truly want to finish. To me, the win is the accomplishment. When I say that, I less mean the ending number … Continue reading

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Other People’s Memories

She’d tried it for awhile, living on other people’s memories, other children playing in their yards, other parents holding their children tight. Those other recollections, though, carried her to other places best avoided, until she recognized the self-deceit they planted … Continue reading

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A Small Dark Place

It was something she did, never questioning why, finding a small dark place, a safe place to drain her eyes. It didn’t purge the memories, her reminders of abuse, but brought important reminders she could put to use. That small … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Titles (plus news)

This is my fifth and final post in my Naming Stuff series and examines my approach to creating titles. If you struggle with this, then read on. You might find something here that helps. For this post’s second half, I’ll … Continue reading

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Reinventing Herself

In a night when the air was crisp, the moon full, and the leaves gathering she saw her future, not because it’d appeared, but because she’d made it happen. It was the end, not of an aging life, but a … Continue reading

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The Cat Brain Disconnect

In that public place where cat reporters like to shout, they plied me with questions before letting me out. They demanded details on the cat brain disconnect, so I smiled in my knowing and said, “Oh yeah, that. “It looks … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Places

This worldbuilding series is about naming, well, stuff. This post, the fourth (and next to last) addresses places like worlds, continents, and cities that populate maps and draw attention to the world created. There are NO hard and fast rules. … Continue reading

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Her Gateway

Peace. In times of crisis, peace. It was what she knew to do, but when thoughts scattered it was easy to forget, and so she had a plan, a plan that began with meditation. Meditation, her gateway to calm, to … Continue reading

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Touch of Fear

Shadows and lightning, sounds not singing, but screaming instead, where a blade’s flash in the dark is cutting the dead. Fearing the beast, and its expectant feast, first on the menu a hapless prey, the one standing in your shoes … Continue reading

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