This time, it’s all about the aliens 🙂
This time, it’s all about the aliens 🙂
Come on over and visit me at DIY MFA for my latest column.
This time, I analyze Ever After and The Hobbit using Kim Hudson’s archetypal feminine structure.
And while you’re there, check out the rest of Gabriela’s amazing resources 🙂
Until next time, be well.
This time around, I’ve returned to mythic structure in an exploration of Kim Hudson’s The Virgin’s Promise, the feminine archetypical storytelling journey.
So hop on over and have a boo 🙂
See you back here on Thursday for a little thoughty.
Hey, all you writerly people 🙂
Here we are in May, Cinco de Mayo, in fact, and it’s time for my next chapter update.
It’s been a weird few weeks since I made my decision to stop posting every weekend. I had one weekend that was fairly restful, caught a flu and was sick for a week, and have spent the last week frantically catching up at work and at home.
I still think it was a good decision, but I’ll likely have to give it more time before I see real results.
I have formally announced my intention to hand off responsibility for the Sudbury Writers’ Guild newsletter, but elections (newsletter-er isn’t an elected position, but volunteer positions are filled at the same time as elected ones are voted upon) aren’t until the May meeting at the end of the month. Also, whoever decides to take over for me won’t do so until the beginning of the new SWG year in September. We usually break for the summer, so the June newsletter would be my last.
I’m still on the program committee and one of its sub-committees for the Canadian Authors Association, but my obligations have not been too onerous there. For now. If that changes, I’ll have to bow out.
On another front that I haven’t discussed much, I’m sad to report that my critique group has imploded. Well I’m two parts sad to one part relieved. I’m sad because I had great hopes, and relieved because it’s one less commitment to fulfill.
Several members were in the process of moving (some internationally) in January and February and so we delayed the start of the critiquing year. One submission has been made and I’ve read and critiqued it, but I haven’t heard from anyone else in the group about an online conference to actually discuss the submission, or anything else moving forward. I’m going to read through the submission one more time, finalize my written comments, and return them to the author. And then I’m going to pull the plug.
I may check out the novel critique group that the SWG runs. I need something. Writing in a feedback void isn’t getting me anywhere. I can continue to write and revise, but unless I can get some other eyes on the work, my revisions will lack direction and I’ll take so much longer to get anything ready for an editor, or for submission to agents or small publishers.
I got my taxes wrangled and, for the first time in a number of years, I’ve has absolutely no income to report from my creative work. No workshops. No panelist honoraria. No prize money. No sales of short fiction or even contributor copies. It’s a bit distressing. I’ve never had much income to report, but I’ve generally had something. It just makes me feel like I’ve been falling back, that it’s not just been my burnout, but something more insidious going on with me.
I have, however, made strides with regard to my writing practice. For April, I set (or reset) the modest goal of 5,000 words written on Playing with Fire. I managed to write more days than not, and wrote 7,568 words, or 151% of my goal.
I also adjusted my writing goal for the blog given that I’m not posting most weekends. Even though I adjusted my blogging goal to 3,600 words, I wrote only 3,086 words, or 86% of my goal.
My DIY MFA post came in at 1,359 words of my 1,000-word goal, or 136%, and the SWG newsletter was 5,333 words of my 4,000-word goal, or 133%. Admittedly, the newsletter is not all my writing. I have submissions from the membership and the contests and inspirational quotes are found online and copied. Still, I have to fill in gaps, edit, format, and cobble all the disparate parts of the newsletter together into a more or less cohesive whole.
Overall, I wrote 128% more in the month than I set out to, and that makes me happy.
Though it was May 1st, I was able to attend one literary event, the staged reading of the latest iteration of Kim Fahner’s play, “Sparrows Over Slag.”
Here are the actors, Morgan St. Onge, Matthew Heiti, and Sarah Gartshore.
Kim also had an artist talk afterward during which she explained the impetus for the play and its development.
On the Torvi front, we’re one class away from graduating from the beginner obedience class at Skiplyn Kennels, only to jump right into the intermediate class. Torvi is still a challenge. The second biggest problem now is her propensity to get up on counters, tables, desks, grab whatever she can get her teeth on, and run. She also jumps on people. We’ve been persistent with telling her to get off, and pushing her off, but she still hasn’t gotten the message.
The biggest problem is that she’s started peeing in the house again. We thought we had this licked, but no. So now we’re pacing around the yard reciting “do your pee” until she complies. She’s still distracted by everything. Even if she asks to go out, she forgets what she’s there for once she sees a bird, or squirrel, or a truck or a motorcycle goes by.
She’s showing steady improvement in all other areas, but those are the two stubborn problems.
Here’s a comparison: Torvi at seven weeks and Torvi at seven months 🙂
As for the orchids, it’s all the fuchsia phalaenopsis. The pink has dropped all its blooms now.
And that’s all I have to report for this month. It’s been mostly good and I’m looking forward to better yet to come.
Until Tipsday, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories!
This time around, I’m delving into the possibilities for future space travel.
While you’re there, check out Gabriela’s resources and courses, and the work of my fellow awesome columnists!
Until tomorrow, be well, be kind, and stay strong. The world needs your stories.
And while you’re visiting, check out all of Gabriela’s awesome writing resources and the other great contributors to DIY MFA.
See y’all in a bit with Tipsday!
Ah, yes. My latest column for DIY MFA has come out.
In a future post, I’m thinking of chatting about theoretical models of space travel.
Come on over for a visit and check out the great writers’ resources!
Until tomorrow, be well.
Join me over at DIY MFA where my latest article, Speculating Your Future is now posted.
It’s not my usual Speculations post.
Good afternoon writerly folk!
I’m hot off the NaNoWriMo crazy train and back to kick the blog into high gear again.
Tomorrow, I’ll be providing you with a detailed breakdown of October and November’s writing progress with my next chapter update (flailing Kermit arms–aaaaaahhhhhhh!).
In the meantime, join me over at DIY MFA for my latest column: five nursery rhyme origins to spark your next story!
Until tomorrow, be well my friends.
Hi all you writerly people!
Over the summer, I fell behind in sharing my DIY MFA columns. I know, I said I was going to post to let you know when they were out … but life happened and sharing the posts was the last thing on my mind.
Now I’ve come home and life is more or less in order again, I thought I’d catch everyone up.
First, my latest Speculations column, the science in your science fiction: artificial intelligence. This was just published yesterday (October 17).
Earlier in the summer, though, I did a two part post on the hero’s journey. Part one: strengthen your writing by studying the hero’s journey. This was posted July 25, two days before I left for my European adventure.
Part two: a deep dive into the hero’s journey. This one was due within days of my return and was posted September 7.
I hope you enjoy.
And while you’re there, check out the other awesome columnists and all of Gabriela’s great resources. If you like what you see, join the DIY MFA community 🙂
See you tomorrow!