Co-working woes will continue

I had no idea my husband was on the phone so much. Or in meetings. No, really. I know what he does in abstract. I've seen the engineering charts, I've watched him work during family vacations. I just had no idea being my husband's newest co-worker would be so loud. Thankful that today is a … Continue reading Co-working woes will continue

Writing Group, Facebook style

Back before all this coronavirus craziness hit, our public library had asked our writing group to consider having an online presence. People had complained that they weren't able to come at noon on a Wednesday, not to mention for a two-hour period all at once. Some people in wackier places, like the Phillipines, wanted to … Continue reading Writing Group, Facebook style

Social Distancing

Today was supposed to be a several things that it wasn't. Kids were supposed to be back at school, but the district is having what they call a "Community Mitigation Period" instead. They're cleaning the schools and we're supposed to be back on schedule next week. Ree is a little bit wumbly over it because … Continue reading Social Distancing

Pneumonia and other disasters

My youngest has pneumonia -- they diagnosed it on Monday. My family of five had four dentist appointments and one doctor's visit scheduled this week even before that happened. We've been to the doctor every afternoon this week besides that. I still made it to a critique group on Tuesday and led a lesson on … Continue reading Pneumonia and other disasters

Critiques

Here's what I love about my critique groups: We have so many kinds of writers, so everyone has a different way of looking at stories.Everyone has a different thing they're serious about, too. One hates adverbs, one obsesses with having enough romance, another is super descriptive about what she likes and what doesn't work, one loves … Continue reading Critiques

Trying to Keep Up

I'm sure you've been wondering where I've been lately. Here's the scoop: Toward the end of 2018, just before my mother passed away, I joined a local professional writing group. I've spent the last year waiting for a spot in one of their critique groups to open up, and meantime I (and my friend E … Continue reading Trying to Keep Up

NANOWRIMO WINNER

I spent the last week of November feverishly writing. I got up at 5am every day and wrote straight through until 7am, when I took a short break to go out and kiss my kids and help them find breakfast. Then I went back most mornings and wrote for another hour or two until it … Continue reading NANOWRIMO WINNER

So what does it mean to sit at home and write, anyway?

A newish sort of friend <insert long, complicated story here> wanted to know what I do with my time at home writing. I felt like snarkily showing her one of those writing memes like this: Instead I'll just say it here. Some days "writing" is character sketching on an iPad version of a worksheet I … Continue reading So what does it mean to sit at home and write, anyway?

Onwards

After I wrote all that yesterday about not being able to write, I ended up adding a couple thousand words to my count. This morning I got up and did some more character building for a character that is going on a quest with my main character, as well as the main antagonist. I was … Continue reading Onwards

Nano Struggles

I'm really struggling with Nanowrimo this year. I have zero energy, very little in the way of time for writing, and since I spent time working on writing classwork instead of planning this years nano novel, every time I sit down to write, I instead end up spending 3/4 of the time working on background … Continue reading Nano Struggles