The Feeling – and a Short Story

It's been a crazy month! But it's been a month of new experiences. In my last post, I mentioned that I was doing a lot of research about the writing world. Well, I now have something to show for myself. Red Line Magazine has graciously accepted and short listed my submission to their 'Conflict' issue, so … Continue reading The Feeling – and a Short Story

Pre-NaNo Confessions

It's the 31st of October, which means that tomorrow I will begin a 30-day marathon in which I intend to write 50,000 words (or more) and complete a new novel. So I suppose these last less-than-24-hours are for me to admit a few things to myself (and to you). 1) I have about two chapters … Continue reading Pre-NaNo Confessions

Writing diversity without propagating oppression

I was shocked when I realized that my FMC was, in my head, a young, Caucasian, blonde girl with a slender body. The main underlying theme of my novel is about prejudice and oppression! It's amazing how the media brainwashes us to immediately think of that sort of character in a leading role. I'm appalled at … Continue reading Writing diversity without propagating oppression

Ten strangely related things and one convoluted genre

Apparently the genre I'm planning to write is science fiction alternate history mystery. Which rhymes, and sort of makes me wonder if it's really a genre or if it's more of an awkward combination of words. Also, a friend just told me that the genre is officially called dieselpunk... but I just found retrofuturism, and now I'm confused... so I might … Continue reading Ten strangely related things and one convoluted genre

NaNoWriMo 2014 Plot Bunnies

It's October 12th and NaNoWriMo preparation has officially begun! And here's a cool picture of a bear. I've spent the last month playing around with a bunch of plot ideas, none of which were (or are, sadly) more than just a general idea of  what I'd like to do. This year, I don't feel like … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2014 Plot Bunnies

Before readers there are listeners

Sometimes I talk too much. I admit it; I get carried away with what I'm thinking about and could go on for ages if nobody says anything. Mostly this happens with people I'm very familiar with (my family and my closest friends), and sooner or later they'll shut me up, kindly or unkindly. But I … Continue reading Before readers there are listeners