And Here’s Where it Gets Really Interesting!

Not really, that was a lie. My attendance to this blog is shockingly bad, especially in comparison to the amount of dumb crap I post on Facebook. In all reality, Facebook is too social for me. I find myself concerned with what people’s reactions to what I post might be, despite the fact that it’s my bloody account and I can post what I damned well like. Social media frequently feels unnavigable or perhaps it’s just me.


So, um yes, back to the neglected blog thingy doodah. I don’t think I actually have anything much of interest to say. Alas I haven’t single-handedly discovered how to travel faster than light, and unicorns haven’t taken up residence in the cupboard under my kitchen sink. I’d love to report that I’ve completed the second draft of my book but it’s still kicking my ass with hobnail boots. I did get myself a Fitbit but that’s as exciting as it gets round here. I shouldn’t complain though, I don’t want to find myself living in interesting times. Again.


Dip Happens—What Do We DO When Nothing Seems To Change?

Reblogging this for my dippy days!

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Often I blog about things I am going through. Sometimes just writing things down, sketching out a plan of action, recalibrating MY perspective helps a lot. Hey, if nothing else, I have a blog post 😀 .

Lately, I’ve been in what Seth Godin calls…The DIP. In fact, I am even talking about The Dip over on my Dojo Diva blog for those who want more (and also a better chance of winning my 20 Page Death Star Critique).

*dangles carrot*

What is THE DIP? The Dip is that span of suck before the breakthrough. The Dip is where character develops, where dreams grow, where WE grow. Bad news is this is also the place where most people give up.

I’d love to say I’ve never given up when faced with a particularly tenacious Dip, but I am a terrible liar. Dips are tough. Why are Dips so hard?

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Novels aren’t movies – how to handle passage of time in prose

Ah yes, something I’m having an itty bitty problem with.

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nail your novel passage of timeDo you learn your storytelling from movies as much as from prose? Many of us do. While certain principles translate well between the two story media, others don’t.

I’ve already discussed a few general points in a previous post – scenes with a lot of characters and shifting point of view  , dialogue   and description. Today I’m going to look at passage of time (modelled here by Dave).

When is it?

One of the key questions when we come into any scene is this: when is it happening?

Movies and prose handle this in different ways.

Suppose your story features a man who’s refurbishing a derelict bar. In a movie, it’s shown with a sequence of scenes. In one, he is getting to work, pulling old cupboards off the walls and uprooting obsolete appliances. In the next scene, it’s clean, the floorboards are sanded and he’s opening…

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Want More Conflict in Your Novel? Go DM & Balance the Party

Hmmm, I think I’ll definitely need to refer to this a few times.

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Recently, I’ve added homeschooling The Spawn to the list of what I already do. Blog, write books, teach, run two small businesses and keeping a house clean, the yard mowed, and my family fed. As an introvert who works from home, it’s easy to realize you no longer leave the house and are talking to yourself way more than is healthy. Thus, I’ve been on a mission to break some patterns and do what might scare me (talking to other people in person).

Btw, writers don’t count.

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In the spirit of this “Doing Stuff Differently” I joined some friends for a monthly game of Dungeons and Dragons, and took Hubby as a hostage teammate. I hadn’t played D&D since I was in high school so there is a learning curve. But one thing that struck me is how being an author had changed my perspective. The…

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