An Author Moment

Just finished hand edits of Last Run, a monster novel (originally 185k or closing on 800 pages). I'll have a much lower word count when I'm done, if for no other reason than most post-apoc manuscripts are best salable when they're under 120k. Or so I'm told. This month, at least. I find the act [...]

Accountability Report: Needing Brightly

First, old business A Day at the Zoo is being shopped with editors. Most are based in New York, which is in its yearly Jewish High Holiday convulsions. Which means it might not get the attention it'd have if, say, it gets pitched in two weeks. But... I've already cast that dice. Zepps, my "I've [...]

Baby Novelist Issues: Writing Myself Into a Knot

I'm 116,000 words into a SF novel. It's got great tech, interesting characters, action and thrills... and no motivation for bad guy actions. Well, it did, when I started. But the pitfall of pantsing is getting pulled off course, one degree at at time. (And when writing about matters aeronautical, there's three dimensions to those degrees. [...]

A Progress Tool

Recently I posted a graphic showing words per day. (I've used it before: you can see posts here and here.) It's part of my musings about writing velocity and general "feeling like an author." I'll tee up a few posts on that in the future, but for now I wanted to provide a Google Sheet, called Writing [...]

Heads up on posts

Item the first Facebook has cut a publishing connection between wordpress.com's JetPack tool and sites that use it (mine included, even though I self-host my site). I'm not sure this'll be going out, and if it's not, and I can't (I can't believe I'm saying this) find one myself, I'll need to write one. Anyone [...]

Can’t have 4k EVERY day!

Yesterday was a word count bust: under 500 words. But! I spent a good three hours doing some (don't tell folks) plotting to complete Zepps, my sci-fi novel in progress. After that an excellent workshop with the White Gold Wielders. Ain't nothing like feedback and encouragement from folks who Know What They're Doing. Today's another [...]

; (semicolon)

Semicolons were my stock in trade, until enough experience and feedback convinced me that shot, clipped sentences make for better prose. Erika Dreifus has a thrice-weekly newsletter, and in the current one she references an article by Adam O'Fallon Price on why semicolons can be a good thing. In the spirit of hearing all rational [...]