Random Things

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Alphabet Blogging: X is for…

Xeroxed characters. Have you ever read a book and thought that every single one of the characters sounded and acted the same way and even seemed to have the same motivations? It’s almost like the author just copied one character several different times, gave them a different hair or eye color to distinguish, and set […]

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]

Alphabet Blogging: W is for…

Alphabet Blogging: W is for…

Worldbuilding. You guys are lucky today…you don’t have to listen to me ramble on! :) Instead, I invited my friend L. N. Weldon, a master worldbuilder, to talk about it a bit. It’s a long post, but totally worth it. ~~~~~~~~~~ Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. Worldbuilding. For a lot of us writers, the whole concept […]

Alphabet Blogging: V is for…

Alphabet Blogging: V is for…

The Vacant Stare. You know the one I’m talking about. That glazed-over, gazing-calmly-into-the-middle-distance look that writers get when they’re stuck or distracted. Depending on how close the deadline is, or how long the writer has been stuck, the Vacant Stare may or may not have an edge of unhinged panic to it. This can fall […]

Alphabet Blogging: U is for…

Alphabet Blogging: U is for…

Unobservant. I got called ‘unobservant’ as a kid a lot, usually because my nose was stuck in a book. My mom said, on more than one occasion, that the house could probably burn down around my ears without me noticing. In all fairness, it often took someone yelling in my ear–more than once–to get my […]

Alphabet Blogging: T is for…

Alphabet Blogging: T is for…

As an author, I’ve never forgotten how to daydream ~ Neil Gaiman Thinking–or, as some would call it, daydreaming. Do you ever just sit and stare out the window on a rainy day, or watch the side of the road as you ride in a car? For a while, I’d gotten out of the habit, […]

Alphabet Blogging: S is for…

Alphabet Blogging: S is for…

Struggles. Specifically, the struggle of being a work-at-home mom. Oh, I know I don’t have to keep specific office hours or anything, but sometimes I wonder if that would make it easier. There is a constant balancing act, an ongoing struggle, over whether I should write, play with my son, or do housework. Any one […]