"I never saw that coming!" more than one reader has exclaimed about the plot twists that characterize my books. But for someone obsessed with placing unexpected obstacles in her stories, I struggle mightily with them in real life. This weekend I visited family out of town this weekend and had a lovely time…until I went to … Continue reading Real-Life Plot Twists: How Storycraft Saved My Weekend
Biting her lip, the detective sat shakily on the couch across from her would-be partner. “…I’ll tell you everything.” The screen faded to black and my cackles spun out with the end credits. “Ah, this gag never gets old. The next episode will be all about how she hooked up with her partner.” My Laddie … Continue reading Shipping and Handling, Part 2: The Partner-Lover Tango
The graphic says it all: I won my first National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge, hitting the 50,000-word goal on Thanksgiving Day. It's a giddy accomplishment...especially since that wasn't my primary NaNoWriMo goal. Rewards of completion aside, my biggest motivation for participating this year was to explore my writing process and conduct a time-limited experiment … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2017 After-Action Report
As summer draws to a close, so does my mad blitz to finish the Syzygy series. I plunged into the story like the deep end of a pool, drafting nearly 60,000 words in about six weeks. That's an unprecedented rate of productivity for me. Now, with Red Shift in the hands of my beta readers … Continue reading New Season, New Site!
Spoiler alert: this post contains minor spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 6 “Gendry is obviously not Robert Baratheon’s bastard,” I observed to my Laddie during the most recent episode of Game of Thrones. “His father has to be The Flash.” After a few days' hiking with the wight-hunting party, our warrior-blacksmith seems … Continue reading The Air-Speed Velocity of Ravens: “Game of Thrones” and the Importance of Consistency in SFF Writing