It’s been quiet here

* crickets chirping *

It’s funny. The more I write and more I learn about writing, the less I am inclined to post about it. Strange, considering that I started this place to write about my learning to write.

I do have a couple of posts in the works for the next week or so. I was hoping to have one ready for this afternoon, but I spent last night reconnecting with an old friend and have a bunch of school board-related stuff to do today, including making  first order for the parental lending library I am setting up, so will have to wait a day or two.

  • I recently enjoyed Sean Lynch’s THE FOURTH MOTIVE (follow-up to his most excellent, and frightening, WOUNDED PREY) and will post my thoughts shortly.
  • I am still figuring out what WiP Novel #2 looks like. I have the concept and premise down and am doing OK with basic plotting, but I’m not particularly in touch with who these characters are, except for the villain (and I get her completely).
  • I pulled WiP Novel #1 out of the drawer for a look. It is horrible, but I am able to see why it is horrible and know what I want to change: the fucking plot! I wasn’t clear in the conceptual basis and much of the plot consists of “oh, here’s some cool aspect of the world, let’s use that as a basis for conflict!” There is a nice thematic element and I love the characters. Overall it sucks, but was the best I could do at the time. Now I can do I better with it.
  • I have been reading a lot, and writing some, short fiction. I am starting to see what works (and what doesn’t) in individual stories. If you aren’t reading Richard Thomas (to see what works), you should be. I signed up for his short story course over on LitReactor and am really looking forward to it.

I’ll try to catch up soon. Enjoy the snow!

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