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Fallow

For a field to be fallow means that it’s already been plowed. To be plowed, means to have been prepared. So, prepared, but not seeded. Some definitions say “unseeded.” And—getting at what I like—this: …left unsown for a period, in order to restore fertility… Because of REASONS, I haven’t been writing for weeks. I did some revisions and a couple… Read more →

The Age We Are

When I hear younger writers talking about how they wasted their youth or are too old to do what they want, I find myself tsk, tsking—as old people do. Hah. But more so, it reminds me that we all feel this aging thing in the same way whether we’re 30 or almost 67. Wow, I’m this old? How did that… Read more →

Stretch Goals

Today, looking back at only two subs in January, I wondered why I had the impression of having been unusually productive since the first of the year. Then I remembered: one of those subs was a novel. Sending off a novel excerpt and synopsis is big deal [for me] and way more time-consuming than a short story, so that’s part… Read more →

What About 2015?

2015 was my best writing year BY FAR. *leaps and bounds* That the year was also extremely challenging on a personal level is just the way it so often happens, isn’t it? There’s a reason we remember Dickens’ best of times/worst of times quote. But if you have to go through hard times, I can recommend having some professional successes… Read more →

No Place to Hide

We needed a downstairs bathroom in our old house, so my husband Barry is building it. He worked as a carpenter when he was a young man and has kept up his skills, but because it isn’t something he does all the time, there are many learning and re-learning curves. The other day while we were taking our evening walk,… Read more →

Recipe for Revision

courtesy of liquene For the last week or so, I’ve been working on the novel I wrote in November during NaNoWriMo. Today I admitted to myself, that while effort has been expended [passive voice has been used], I’m flailing. I’ve been changing this, changing that, working obsessively on that all-important opening scene, but with very little strategy in mind. My… Read more →

The Pitch

After posting about “the pitch” for my novel-in-progress earlier last month, I thought I should share what I came up with. Finally got this the way I wanted it around the end of the first week of NaNoWriMo. As for the book itself, I’m still not sure about my title, “Plasticity.” I like it and it fits the subject matter,… Read more →