Category: Fiction

  • Thorsday Night: 882 more words

    I’m at 3687 words. And right at the midpoint, I came up with a better way to do the story, which is going to require significant rewriting. Probably on Sunday night. Something my main character found out in scene three now has to be transferred to scene four, which is going to cause some word…

  • Thorsday Night becomes Friday morning

    3701 words to do today, but I dreamed the story, and I woke up with a serious improvement on the ending, and I’m ready to go. The time travel twist is pretty twisty now. [steps up to mic, taps mic, murmurs “Is this thing on? … on? … on? … on?”] I’d like to take…

  • Thorsday Night Writers: Update 2

    Just finished the first scene with 892 words. A little long, but the story is coming together nicely. I’ve introduced hero, heroine, villain, and twist, and have laid in all sorts of twisty little Muse-Bombs that will go off a few scenes down the road. And the villain is a criminal defense attorney. Who knew?…

  • Holy Crap! A DEADLINE!

    So. I agreed to write a story for Trisha Telep for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance, because I had such fun writing the story for the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance. And then we moved, and we lived through Pack-Unpack Purgatory, and Getting The Internet At Our New Location Hell, and, well… And…

  • Writing the Novel: 1549 Words, and the Hero’s Early Arrival

    The writing went very well tonight. In roughly an hour and 45 minutes, I discovered the crime scene, dealt with the police, and the hero showed up in a manner I hadn’t expected. I hadn’t planned his arrival until the next scene, but this as better. I have about half of the scene complete, but…

  • Sneaking Fiction

    And here I am again. Full day of work behind me, none of it writing though some of it writing-related, settling in crosslegged on the mattress with my lapdesk and laptop, to sneak a couple hours of fiction. Here’s what it comes down to: We homeschool, and the kid is learning long division (at the…

  • And the story is begun

    1246 words. A short intro, planned as such. It rolled nicely off the fingers, and gave me a couple of unexpected moments. The vase creeped me out. And on that happy note, sleep awaits.

  • Tonight In the Dark

    It’s tennish on a Sunday night, which for me would usually be , because I get up ludicrously early most of the time—I light mornings. But the bedroom is dark; just my nightlight and the glow of the laptop screen. The fan whirrs, and my heart races. Tonight. Tonight. Tonight the story starts. Not the…

  • And got the ending!

    I had to ask myself one question to make it come clear for me. “At what points does this story tie into the most important theme?” I realized that it was when the heroine is in direct conflict with the villains, and that to end the story on the strongest possible note, there had to…

  • Review of “Light Through Fog”

    I wrote the short story “Light Through Fog” for the collection The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance because I needed a live project to demonstrate my techniques in the How To Think Sideways course, and I had to have the pressure of writing something that was commissioned, had a hard (and very close) deadline, and…