And darker yet. My MC had one of those “best news in the world, worse news in the world” days today. And while she had the last part of truly wonderful news, I got a big chunk of writing to finish up Chapter 3 and got 729 words into Chapter 4 before I managed to… Continue reading Ohio 3 goes dark — 1331 words and an unexpected callback
Ohio 3: A thing about family – the VERY good writing day
Today was a tough writing day — not because of getting the words, but because the words are about things that hit me hard. Family, and what that world could mean, and should mean, and also what it sometimes doesn’t. This chapter is deep inside the magic of the world… and the conflict there comes… Continue reading Ohio 3: A thing about family – the VERY good writing day
OHIO 3: MURDER… and another solid writing day!
The words went happily and twistily today, and I’m delighted with what I got. Evil is afoot, (and probably a couple of knees, and a hand or two), and my main character has just had her whole life flipped upside-down. Nice thing to have happen in Book Three. So now I’m getting to work on… Continue reading OHIO 3: MURDER… and another solid writing day!
A good week of writing on Ohio Three, Take TWO
I’ve gotten good words on the third Ohio novel all week… and today was especially fun. (There was some on-page barfing, but it was related to an important story element, and a job no one in her right mind would want). There was also a brand new mystery that popped up at me. And my… Continue reading A good week of writing on Ohio Three, Take TWO
Ohio 3: For my characters, today was Good News, Bad News
I like what I’m getting on Ohio 3. While I wrote previous versions of all five novels, I’ve used very little of any of what I wrote except for Ohio 1. Wordcount today is 1077, and I’m very happy with that. Right now, Ohio three is mostly first draft, but I’ve been able to use… Continue reading Ohio 3: For my characters, today was Good News, Bad News
Second take on Ohio 2 done in first draft
So… I didn’t use a word of the first version of Ohio 2. Even my “and’s” and “the’s” are brand new, and fresh and sparkling. NOW, HOWEVER… the novel sits for a week or two or maybe three while I outline Ohio Three. Ohio Three will also be brand-new. I won’t even be reading the… Continue reading Second take on Ohio 2 done in first draft
Attics and Basements and Monsters, Oh, MY!!!
Good writing day today in spite of having to fight with some software. Not the software’s fault, but owning both the version sold by Apple and the version sold by the software’s creator… Should not be news to anyone, but buying from the creator turns out to be the way to go. You get fantastic… Continue reading Attics and Basements and Monsters, Oh, MY!!!
Last day of the year… and about ready to get back to work
It hasn’t been the best year in my life. It hasn’t been the worst, either. I wrecked four first drafts of my Ohio Series (books two through five) by exuberatant pantsing. After a longish Think Week and some time spent away from fiction writing and away from deadlines, I’m rested and ready to go through… Continue reading Last day of the year… and about ready to get back to work
Why I’ve been AWOL from blogging (AKA the dangers of stand-sliding on the playground)
In my first run through my five-novel Ohio series, I carefully plotted the first book, wrote it, love it… And carefully plotted the next four books. Followed by ignoring my outlines and pantsing the novels. Why? Because it was fun, it was exciting, it was like being a kindergarten kid again, standing on the top… Continue reading Why I’ve been AWOL from blogging (AKA the dangers of stand-sliding on the playground)
Civilization Versus The Full-Body For-Keepsies Panty Raid… and The Survival Value of ADD
When I was a kid and my family lived on the western tundra of Alaska, my dad took me hunting and fishing with him. We were bringing in food for the table in a place where agriculture was impossible. I loved tagging along and helping out. I was nine, so for hunting I was just… Continue reading Civilization Versus The Full-Body For-Keepsies Panty Raid… and The Survival Value of ADD