Wednesday Wanderings

It’s official:  my weekly post has migrated to this day.  I work four 10 hour shifts at my new job, which means that I have one day off in the middle of the week, and this is it.  A lot of people have winced and said, “Ugh!” when I’ve de…

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Pantsing vs. Outlining

I am an outliner. I need a plan, I need to know I can hit my beats, I need to know where my characters are going. Therefore, I plan in advance. Yet, the further I get in this journey, the more I realize what a useless label that really is. The supposed distinction between pantsing […]

Song Styles

Another few months, another set of CDs for my car listening pleasure, and another game of word association, as I string song titles together by links of varying degrees of sense:Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? – Shania TwainThese Boots Are Made F…

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Song Styles

I made a new set of car CDs for myself yesterday, and part of the collection is my playlist for Surgeburnt.  It’s incomplete, technically – some characters don’t have songs, but beyond character specific themesongs, I have songs for specific relat…

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Monday Meanderings

Last week, I brought up the thorny topic (to me) of calendars.  To me, our month and day names stand out as products of our world, so they don’t work well in a fantasy setting.  (Exceptions would be alternate earths or the stealth fantasy-set…

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Song Styles

So when I did my flash-and-poetry boot camp, I generated more ideas than I was going to need so I could pick and choose … but not too many more, so I wasn’t left dithering.There was one idea that I put down and didn’t end up using, but I think it’s a…

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Monday Meanderings

Suspension of disbelief is a marvelous thing.  It makes possible our immersion into fantastic realms where wizards fly and griffins sling fireballs … wait, reverse that.  It even operates in other genres, allowing us to believe in the amate…

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GoodReads Review: Shelf Life ed. Greg Ketter

Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores by Greg KetterMy rating: 3 of 5 starsHow could I resist an anthology full of stories about bookstores? These are all solid, satisfying tales, but the narrow theme is made narrower by the fact they al…

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Song Styles

I’ve been adding songs to my Surgeburnt playlist as I come across them, and noticing a pattern:  all of Maren’s songs, except one, in some way reference death or dying.  There’s a nihilistic attitude underlying the songs I’ve chosen, a s…

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