Moist

Words - I love them. I even love the great huge portmanteau words (a la Alice in Wonderland) that carry loads of meanings between their consonants. I am gently mocked by friends and stared at by strangers when my three-syllable ones tumble out instead of shorter, clearer phrases. It's my sloppy brain filing system. I reach…

Nanowrimo, or why it’s a darn good thing I’m an introvert

Ah, blissful solitude. Solitude with the sounds of silence or rock and roll or even really old-time gospel music, while my fingers make strange movements and my brain creates a world in my head. It's a strange thing I spend most of my time doing - creating. Either I am wrestling with tiny bits of…

Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines…

Once again, I'm trying my hand at the #NYCMidnight Flash Fiction Contest. It's a bit insane, given that I have officially "given up writing" (see previous blog entry), but there's something oddly compelling about a contest with a very short deadline, given parameters, and a small word count, even for we procrastinator types. See, in…

Dear Geist,

How inadequate you make me feel. I simply don't GET you. This morning I opened a free sample of your magazine, mailed to me with a pleading note to renew my subscription, offering a free tote bag if I took you on for three years. The magazine had tempting titles: "why I mastered ukulele"(a favourite…

Work done

Last night I went to bed, feeling a strange feeling. I didn't feel restless, no inner struggles, no sense of impending failure or wasted time or frustration. I felt complete, finished, settled. As I lay back in bed, awash in this unusual sensation of satisfaction, it occurred to me what the cause was. I had…

Day Three #3DayNovel

Yikes! Is that 8:22 already? Foggy day to go with my brain. It's been days of sitting, dwelling in my head, I still have miles to go before the story ends, and my fingers just aren't fast enough to get them all in. Haven't had a decent meal except for dinner the last two days…

#3DayNovel How To Find Your Writing Muse

How To Find Your Writing Muse. Nice article, and good for this second half of my writing day, which is going to be a long one. I've already passed through the "I don't really need to do this thing anyway" moment - quickly this time, which is unusual. I can normally count on an hour…

#3daynovel : dawn of day two

It's early morning, day two. I've just been up to drive my son to the airport for his year away in Istanbul. So I'm feeling foggy from the early hour, blue because I miss my darling boy already, and tired. The fogginess matches my story. It's coming together, slowly. I have my character, my intro…

#3Daynovel: day one

So yesterday I had come up with all the reasons why I wanted to spend yet another glorious Labour Day weekend hunched over a computer trying to wrench words out of my head. Perhaps it will rain, I reasoned. Maybe it will be cold and grey and I won't feel like I'm missing the last…

Taking flight…

I've been working on a little story for a while now. It originally was a story from the fantastical 3DayNovel contest - dashed off in a pile of sweat and handwriting over three days, painstakingly typed into my computer over the next day or two. I was thrilled that it survived the competition, made it to the…