Finished NaNoWriMo 2012

I’ve managed to finish a draft of “The Spaceport” for NaNo! This was an interesting experience. I had to fight through food poisoning, holiday planning, emotional ups and downs…and yet this was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever taken on. It took me back to my early years as a writer, when I could work with complete abandon. The quality is maybe a little better than it was back then, but not much. The story still needs a lot of editing as several…

Writing by Statistical Analysis

It isn’t that I’ve never tracked my word count before, but I’ve never looked at the words on a graph like THIS. I find it interesting because in plotting you want significant stages (act 1, act 2, etc.) to fall at predictable places in the story. This graph looks useful. I can see that I’m approaching a point where I should have a major turning point. Hmmm. Why yes, I am writing this one by the seat of my pants. Fun. I haven’t done this…

Nano Day 2 — sort of

I started 4 days late and 5000 words short, but I’m hard at work. I’m delighting in finally getting the first novel in my Spaceport series on paper. I’d written a draft of it years ago — and managed to lose it. Over the years, I became convinced that was a good thing as the entire story needed to be re-worked and re-written from scratch. Finally putting fingers to keyboard feels very healing. Of course, this draft stinks, but that’s what it is supposed to.…

Nano Insanity

That’s it. I’ve officially lost my mind. I’ve decided to stop procrastinating and get a draft of  The Spaceport written in November. I may not survive the month…but I’ll have some fun!

Dream of a New World

I do not need to dream up more worlds. My fingers are already flying as fast as they can… but this morning, I had a lovely dream. Waking with a smile on my face, I rushed to jot down as much as I could remember.  It was a beautiful world, full of virtual technology that worked. You know…really worked. While I was trying to post this tiny blog post, I was forced to wrestle with two pieces of technology that did NOT work. One was…

Thundertime

Today I released a story I’d written years ago on Smashwords, exploring the options of free epub. If you learn about me through that story, know that it isn’t my usual. I wrote that story after an all-night reading binge for a modern-American literature class. The teacher allowed me to use the story as the final assignment for the class. The thought was to pick up on the style and approach used by many authors of the day. Now mind you, that day was a…

A Living Wage Should Not Be Science Fiction

All I want is a living wage. That’s all I wanted when I got out of college. Of course, the term was new then. Now it is almost obsolete. Workers are supposed to be grateful for 20 or 30 hours/week. When I became an employer, I determined that we would pay our employees a living wage. The business went bankrupt. The Spaceport is my daydream business, the place I would work if I could. It has great benefits: healthcare, on-site apartments, intense mental health care.…