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Another NaNoWriMo, Another Antagonist

When it comes to racing clocks, October’s clock has long legs and the determination to reach November sooner than I can plan my way there. Tick-tock, tick tock. Another day, another task for planning my November drafting. Extensive background and character … Continue reading

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My NaNoWriMo Self-Motivational Rant

It’s time for a talk with myself… Is it November yet? It feels like it given the way I’m racing the clock this month leading up to NaNoWriMo. For last year’s NaNo I wrote a sequel, which diminished my planning … Continue reading

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My Conflict Mix for NaNoWriMo

It’s October and outside the leaves are turning after our premature bought of freezing weather. Inside, I’ve become more serious about planning for my sixth NaNoWriMo. NaNo has become more about production, learning, and camaraderie than winning at this point. … Continue reading

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The Struggle Between Burnout and Inspiration

My mind is in the middle of an intersection at the moment where they forgot to install a traffic signal and there’s been a massive pileup. I’ve done little but edit all year and it’s worn me down. A couple … Continue reading

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Hyper Creativity

And so it begins… My novel planning process initates with tiny pieces swirling around in my head. At a certain point critical pieces come together, the accumulation of dust and gas that in space would be a planet forming. NaNoWriMo … Continue reading

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Passing Worldbuilding Through the Magic System Filter

Magic systems. They’re central to fantasy no matter what your brand of fantasy is. Writing down what you develop to keep the system consistent is advice I’ve stressed countless times. It’s equally important to use that system as a filter … Continue reading

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Experiment on the Horizon

Yet again NaNoWriMo is on the horizon. It’s still over two months away, but it’s the thinking now that leads to formal preparation in October. This year might be my sixth NaNo in a row, but it’s going to be … Continue reading

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The Power of Story Memories

Memories. In a story they serve many purposes. Often they’re backstory, but if presented just right they work as mysteries. They can also be a window into a character’s heart, mind, and soul. There’s another aspect, though. As I’ve advanced … Continue reading

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One Location Leads to Another and Back Again

It’s amazing the strange routes my mind takes on the way to exploring a part of my world. Back in November, 2015, and after finishing my second NaNo project, I launched into writing short stories. They’d finally clicked for me … Continue reading

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A Pentalogy is Born

My Riparia Dellbane series will be five novels. There, I’ve said it and I’m going to stick to it. In my gut I’ve known for awhile, but today, as I was completing my editing pass on Bk2, it struck me. … Continue reading

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