The Tale of the Tail in the TalysMana Revision

Revision Help

Last Friday, I printed out my manuscript and my revision worksheets, located my  pens, and set everything aside. Saturday was to be my first day of revision. And Saturday with the the big table cleared for writing, I started into revising my badly wrecked fantasy novel TalysMana, written back in 2010. I was planning on doing the way I always … Continue reading →

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Needed: One TALYSMANA traitor—talent, sense of humor, and backstabbing dagger required

The revision of TALYSMANA is, has been, and will continue to be a bitch on wheels. The problem I ran into 95% of the way through the first draft was the realization that my ending could not happen with the existing beginning. Like several other novels I’ve written, I stopped writing when I figured that out, so the first draft … Continue reading →

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Writing Projects Gone Weird: or, Saturday, I Knit A Cat

The migraines and vertigo are back with a vengeance, and I’m stuck in horizontal mode (laptop propped on lap and lying down as I write this, in fact). So Saturday, I dragged out some cotton string (a very nice German variegated yarn), and needles, and did one of the few things that doesn’t make me feel worse when this gets … Continue reading →

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The Ghost Story, WABWM, and TALYSMANA

I finished my ghost story. Title? >>>–4EVR—> The title means a lot. I got it to Trisha Telep in time, heard back that I’d made the deadline—and we are NOT going to talk about the morning-to-next-morning hours I worked for several days getting that revision done. What was supposed to have been a 6500-word story that might creep up to … Continue reading →

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Back To Fiction

I’ve had to take a bunch of days off, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. However, when I’ve been up to it, I’ve been working. On Rebel Tales, on NovelWritingSchool.com, and also on fiction. I was doing pretty well with TalysMana, but my daughter has some scheduling problems right now, so we’re having to put that on hold … Continue reading →

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The novel is back on track

I’m in my second week of getting words on TalysMana every night. I’ve been tentative about saying anything here: the whole fiction-writing process felt so fragile after the unplanned five-month hiatus—family emergency, moving, family emergency, vertigo-and-migraines. I’m just starting to feel mostly normal most of the time, and though I’ve been able to pick up where I’d left off with … Continue reading →

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That surprise I promised? TWO surprises.

That surprise I promised? There are actually two, though I spent all night working to get everything up and running on both. (And for those who got the e-mail first and discovered you couldn’t post anything, please pretend you didn’t notice that I clearly should not be setting up anything complicated at 3 AM.) The Rebel Tales community opens today. … Continue reading →

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“Write A Book With Me” Is Moving

First, a note. The Write A Book With Me entries are going to be going to the TalysMana weblog after this entry. If you’re playing or following Write A Book With Me, be sure to bookmark the TalysMana weblog now. Pocket Full Of Words will be going back to the essays, commentary on writing, and other things that I previously … Continue reading →

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