Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
I was inspired to do NaNo (National Novel Writing Month) this year after being in a write-in a few weeks ago sponsored by Sisters in Crime, which also started co-sponsoring NaNo a few years ago. I hadn't been planning on doing it, but one of the moderators mentioned that she was using the write-in to do prep for NaNo. That made the decision for me. My writing has been sporadic this year, even after the move back to the beach - lots of ideas and notes, not so much finished product or submissions - so I'm viewing NaNo as a much-needed kick in the rear to get back on track.
I'm also working on a brand new project instead of trying to resurrect old, partially written ideas. Not that I don't have faith in those, but I think that doing something brand new with no history or baggage is a different way for me to approach NaNo, which I've tried in the past but never finished. In fact, I'm making a point of not touching it until November 1 so that it's brand spanking new right out of the gate.
Sisters in Crime is holding a bunch of online events throughout November to support members doing NaNo, and I'm going to try and participate in as many as possible.
If you're doing NaNo, I wish you all the best of luck. The goal is 50k words in the month of November. That works out to about 1,667 words per day, every day. Monday's the big day! See you there!
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Verity by Colleen Hoover
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
This is my most recent publication, containing the story "Christine
Avenging Angelenos is a really strong collection of tales of vengeance in the City of Angels. Props to my fellow authors. It's always fascinating how different writers are given the same set of instructions and can come up with such different stories. There's no way I could pick just one as a favorite, but "The Ink Well" (historical), "Avenging Superheroes" (real-life superheroes!) and "Funeral Games" (dark humor) are pretty much my top three. "The Ink Well" and "Manny's Angel" had good twist endings that I did not see coming at all.
There's also a really nice introduction by Frankie Y. Bailey that was of particular interest to me because it's the first time that I've been published where the intro discussed each story. In the other three anthologies I've been published in, the intro focused on overall theme and didn't address the individual stories. There's also an epilogue with the editors discussing their experience selecting the stories and going through the editing process with the writers.
I have to say I'm really pleased to have a story included in this anthology, and I'm looking forward to the call for submissions for the next SinC/LA volume.
Friday, October 8, 2021
Thursday, October 7, 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Every time I see another news story about a vaccine "passport" being required for admittance, I hear Sam Rockwell's German-accented voice saying that line from JoJo Rabbit. Which is why I found this amusing in a warped sort of way:
Yeah, I don't recognize this country anymore either.
Speaking of Nazis, even Hitler couldn't turn his people into compliant sheep in only a year and a half. Kristallnacht, viewed as a prelude to the Holocaust, occurred in 1938, with the Holocaust itself not beginning until 1941. Looks like congratulations are in order for our political overlords. They herded us up and crushed our will in record time. Well played, you evil bastards. History will judge you and all that.