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Monthly Archives: July 2010

Temporary Retirement

Only two days until I head off to Orson Scott Card’s Literary Boot Camp!  This Thursday I was so busy I didn’t even think about liveblogging.  It just went clean out of my mind.  Next week I won’t be liveblogging either.  As much fun as it would be to liveblog Boot Camp, it seems like [...]

My name is Jane

And I’m an addict.  A video game addict. Plenty of my friends, including my beloved Mark, are game programmers, so I am somewhat reluctant to say this next thing I have to say.  But I feel I must tell you, interwebs: video games are a blight on the human condition. See, here’s how I see [...]

Ramona Quimby, Age Fifty-Five

The new movie based on Beezus and Ramona is out this weekend.  I don’t really know much about it, but I think I can predict it’ll be a big financial success.  As near as I can figure, every little girl has read this book for the last fifty years.  When I posted the following on [...]

Liveblogging Friday: More Snow

I’ve spent the past week toiling away on another project, and now I am back to working on Character Storylines for my sequel.  There is a lot of work to be done here, but it is fun work, the kind of work that I most enjoy doing. 3:35 PM: Ok.  I feel like I can [...]

Liveblogging Friday This Week

I know, I know, ok? I’m a cheater. But I have something I really need to work on, and I don’t really want to talk about it. Back tomorrow with lots of livebloging goodness!

Liveblogging Thursday: Character Storylines

Well, here I am, on Step Five of the Snowflake Method. Can I just say, I am loving it? Here’s the thing about the Snowflake Method: it breaks your novel up into discrete chunks you can deal with. Trust me when I say that you cannot hold the plot of your entire novel in your [...]

My Cute Little Problem

Adorable, isn’t she? This picture represents Koko Doyle, one of the four major characters in my book.  She’s a half-Japanese, half-Irish kid, newly orphaned when the book starts.  To say that she is out of place in 1929 Chicago would be putting it mildly.  She is emotionally mature but socially awkward, stoic but very loving. [...]

Liveblogging Thursday: Pretty, Pretty Snowflakes

I am still working on plans for The Big Life: The Sequel.  I thought today I’d try to work few a few steps of Randy Ingermanson’s Snowflake Method, which is a sort of well-known novel-planning guide bandied about on the interwebs.  I definitely recommend clicking over and having a look, but essentially it is an [...]

Saturday Funnies

If you need a laugh, check out the truly awful sentences showcased in The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. My personal favorite? Cynthia had washed her hands of Philip McIntyre – not like you wash your hands in a public restroom when everyone is watching you to see if you washed your hands but like washing your [...]

Liveblogging Thursday: Let’s Talk About Sex

Today I thought I would work on plans for my second novel, the sequel to the Big Life.  I have a few scenes written for it, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that I need a firmer plan. Two nights ago my writing group workshopped the first couple of scenes.  And we wound up having a [...]