November is Cold

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This was a guest post I did, originally published November 9, 2011, for the now-defunct online literary magazine Fiction Brigade. It’s that time of year again, and since Fiction Brigade no longer exists, I’m reposting this here. Some thoughts on NaNoWriMo: NaNoWriMo sucks. That’s right. Writing 50,000 words in a month may be a walk in the park for… Read more »

Embarrassing Confession: I like to watch reality TV while I write.

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Sorry for the doom and gloom lately. On a ligher note… My shameful confession of the year! Last year, during NaNoWriMo, I posted a few tips that I find helpful for marathon writing. Some of them are awkward, like remembering to wear pants when rushing out of the house, and avoiding the I-forgot-to-shower-between-chapters-two-through-eleven stink.  But here’s the… Read more »

#NaNoFail

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Halfway through November, my NaNoWriMo updates looked pretty grim. Well, confession time: Things didn’t get any better. I stopped updating my word count shortly after I switched projects, not because I wasn’t writing, but because I wasn’t posting it. Not that every WriMo posts their work – most don’t. But I said I would, and I wasn’t going… Read more »

Livewriting NaNoWriMo 2012

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NaNoWriMoLoGo

Last November was different. I had a good job.Good pay. Good hours. Good vacations. Good opportunities. I had a good apartment. No rent. No roommates. No am-I-going-to-make-rent stress. And I had a social life in one of the best cities in the world. But I left. I flew halfway around the world, from Beijing to Buffalo…. Read more »

Just for tonight: “Skyland” Chapter 8 In-Progress Writing

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UPDATE: OK, I lied about the “just for tonight” part.  Turns out I really need to hold myself accountable and get some work done, so I’ll be continuing to update here probably for a few days. Hey there, The last few days have been tough.  Really tough.  Blame it on exams, blame it on Christmas,… Read more »

How do People Find You? Things I learn from the Top Searches

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One of the most entertaining spots on the WordPress dashboard for me is the “Top Searches” area, where you can see what people were looking for when they landed on your site.  Helpful, sometimes funny, and always educational. Here are some things I’ve learned from my Top Searches: 1. People are curious/excited/worried about/confused by TUEBL…. Read more »

Promises, promises. Sorry.

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NaNoWriMoLoGo

I have not been keeping up my resolve to hold myself accountable during NaNoWriMo–hitherto, only one update made it to Smashwords.  Apologies! My problem is that I have trouble writing linearly.   Normally, this is not a problem.  It’s just how I work–I am much more efficient focusing on things for short bursts, then coming… Read more »