Monday, December 26, 2011

Maybe I should become regular?

And before you think I'm being TMI, rest assured that I mean posting on my blog, and not, you know, the other thing.

I need to come up with a game plan of topics to write about...52 of them, in fact, since I should - *should* - post once a week, on a set day. Even if nobody else is reading, it's a good exercise in meeting deadlines and forming dedicated writing habits.
The key, I believe, is to follow that famous rule: K.I.S.S. In my case, it'd be Keep It Short, Stupid. Or maybe it's Keep It Short & Sarcastic. That works too.

I think the only thing that doesn't work is the Feast or Famine method. I'm also not a fan of the Inundate the Reader method (which is where a post goes on for waaay too long and has no photos). I will try not to do either of those to you.

Do you have any goals for your blog for the coming year?

Have a fun New Year's if you're doing anything, and may 2012 be a fulfilling year for you!

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott

Monday, December 19, 2011

NaNo Fail...again

Yes, I admit it. It was a bad idea after all.

Last year, my mother died at the end of October, so we had to fly to Vancouver where I helped my sister and dad deal with all the funeral arrangements and that pretty much messed up the rest of November.

No, doing NaNoWriMo wasn't the bad idea, although November tends to be one of the more busy months of the year in general. The bad idea was "bringing several aspects of my writing life together." That totally blew up in my face.

On the other hand, maybe the problem was really the bending the fabric of space-time. Maybe I rended the fabric instead. Besides, any SF aficionado knows that bad things always happen when you mess with space-time - whether bending, rending, or even ironing.

Whatever the cause, the outcome was editor-spit ugly.

The moral of the story is, at least for me: don't mix together several areas of my writing life. It's like cooking: unless you're Iron Chef Morimoto, you shouldn't try to create a dish with bear meat, agar-agar, and durian. When I say "you", I mean "me." I'd never dream of telling you what to do!

The other moral is: try Camp NaNo in June or August instead of the regular NaNo in November. Unless it's a bumper strawberry year for us, and I have to make enough jam for a small country, June is a pretty quiet month.

Did you do NaNoWriMo last month? Did you win? Will you do Camp NaNo?

"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott

Monday, December 5, 2011

GoodReads Giveaway: Dark Inspiration

It's your lucky day! Yup.

Russell James is giving away two copies of his terrific debut novel, Dark Inspiration on GoodReads! This is the novel that I couldn't put down, which hasn't  happened in a while.

Because I bought the ebook, I actually worked out on the treadmill carrying my MacBook since I was reading it via the Kindle App. I don't recommend exercising while holding your (expensive) computer, but it was so worth it!

Russell's giving hard copies of the book so you won't have to do what I did. Get to GoodReads and enter to win one of those copies!


"There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day." – Alexander Woolcott