11 articles Writing

Writing about writing.

Transforming WriMo

In the month since I resolved to write a novel, I’ve been to Paris, Ghent, Ispwich, and London (twice). I’ve taken point on caring for a sick, despondent child. I’ve been to freelancers’ meetups, Christmas markets, and board game nights. In response to a political nightmare come to life, I’ve teetered in between vitriolic rage…

AMoS Inspirations 5: The Industrial-Literary Complex

NOTE: “AMoS” stands for A Muse of Shadows, the working title for my novel in progress. In this and subsequent posts, I talk about the various sources for my initial ideas for the (still extremely unformed) book. My last post about AMoS was thematic; though it allowed me to roll out my main characters (I…

AMoS Inspirations 4: Motive Means Opportunity

NOTE: “AMoS” stands for A Muse of Shadows, the working title for my novel in progress. In this and subsequent posts, I talk about the various sources for my initial ideas for the (still extremely unformed) book. Write what you know, say all writers too lazy to do the research. And writers are a lazy…

AMoS Inspirations 3: YA Not?

NOTE: “AMoS” stands for A Muse of Shadows, the working title for my novel in progress. In this and subsequent posts, I talk about the various sources for my initial ideas for the (still extremely unformed) book. When I was a “young adult,” there was no bookstore aisle marked out for me. I know this…

Transforming Birthdays, Part 2

The first scene in my yet-to-be-written novel is based on an actual rendezvous between Mary Godwin and her future husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary, 16 years old and altogether smitten with the larger-than-life poet, had been forbidden from having any contact with Percy by her father, so they were obliged to meet in secret to…

AMoS Inspirations 2: Plotcasting

NOTE: “AMoS” stands for A Muse of Shadows, the working title for my novel in progress. In this and subsequent posts, I talk about the various sources for my initial ideas for the (still extremely unformed) book. Before I committed myself to writing a novel, I spent a lot of mental energy pinballing between other…

AMoS Inspirations 1: No Wardrobes, Please

NOTE: “AMoS” stands for A Muse of Shadows, the working title for my novel in progress. In this and subsequent posts, I talk about the various sources for my initial ideas for the (still extremely unformed) book. There are dozens of subgenres of fantasy literature, and I have strong opinions about most of them. I…

Transforming Buckets

I started my first bucket list before they were called that. My first list, begun in 1990, was entitled “50 Things to Do Before I Die,” although I don’t think it ever topped 35 or so, despite my adding to it sporadically throughout my high school years. I enjoy making goals, and I sure as…

Transforming Inspiration

The Itinerary: 7h00: Up and about, breakfast and teeth, check my checklist for a daytrip to the Big City! 8h15: Walk X to school. His mom just got him a scooter, so he’ll be fully occupied with keeping his balance on the cobblestones. Tell him S will pick him up. 8h30: My train leaves at…