Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NaNo Loser 2013

As I expected, I did not win NaNoWriMo this year.

I did, however learn a lot about my novel. I spent more time planning the setting and world-building with this book than any other story I have written before, but as it turns out, I didn't do enough. I often write stories that take place on other planets, and the setting is important, but I could still get away with making a lot of it up as I went along. In this story though the setting IS the story in many ways. It is the mystery. It is the central conflict. It matters a lot, and I didn't realize the number of details that I really needed to think and make decisions about early on that will affect the rest of the story.

So I am headed back to short story writing for a little while as I work on the world for my novel. It is an exciting and intimidating project all at the same time.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

NaNoWriMo 2013

So, I signed up to participate in NaNoWriMo again this year. I honestly don't know why. Habit maybe?

I am working on an extensive outline for a novel right now, so by November I should be ready to do the actual writing so maybe it will go better than I think it will. Right now 1,667 words a day sounds completely impossible. I'm lucky to get the basics in life taken care of most days lately.

Still, stranger things have happened. So here I go!

Who else is participating?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Immersion" is now out on the Cast of Wonders podcast

Ep 87: Little Wonders I Little Wonders I featuring Kara Hartz and Eric Juneau

I just listened to episode 87 of Cast of Wonders. It was very exciting to hear my story narrated for audio. The whole episode was great. The story after "Immersion", called "Influx Capacitor" by Eric Juneau is hysterical.

Go listen!

Monday, July 15, 2013

"Immersion" to air at Cast of Wonders on Friday July 19th

My super short story "Immersion" is scheduled to be on the Friday episode of the Cast of Wonders podcast. They are a YA fiction podcast. I've been listening to it for a couple months, and I encourage you to also head over to hear some of the others stories. They play great stuff!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Short Story Experiment - Results

In January, I announced that I was going to try to write a short story a week for the first three months of this year. Probably unsurprisingly, I had some mixed results.

I did not accomplish a story every week. I think I ended up with 5 finished first drafts and at least one or two other stories that puttered out into bleck. What surprised me was that most of my stories ran much longer than I had expected them to. So some of them, I was just working on for more than one week.

My other problem, is that I kept getting ideas for the new novel I wanted to start. I got more and more excited about working on it that I ended up going back to it in the middle of March, so I didn't go quite the whole twelve week working on just short stories.

Now, however, I've gotten to a point where I need to do some significant research before I can move on in the novel. So I think I may try to return to short stories so I don't stop writing while I do the research.

Problem is, I also need to squeek out some time to edit the short stories so I can decided which of them might be worth sending out. So much to do!

Some good news - an older and very very short story of mine has been accepted for the Cast of Wonders podcast. I don't have a date yet, but I will post it as soon as I know. But don't wait for that - I have loved every story I've listened to over there so far. Check it out.

So that's where I'm at with the writing! Ta-da!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Skipping the Resolutions

I'm not doing the resolution deal this year. Like 99% of the rest of the world, they just don't ever end up doing much for me. I think change has to come from a deeper place than a calender. Or I'm lazy. Or both.

I did recently make a decision to change my writing direction a little, but I decided and started that just after Christmas. I've read in a few places over the years about a writing challenge of writing a short story a week for a year. That sounds fun to me, but I don't like the 'for a year' part. So I'm going to take this a quarter at a time.

So for three months, I'm going to write short stories, one after another, aiming for one a week, but if one goes longer, I won't stop it. I'm already on my second story (as I should be) and I can tell this one may take me more than a week to finish.

Some things that I'm hoping for with this experiment:

I will be finishing a lot of stories. Finishing is my worst writing area. I need practice.

I can play around in some other genres like I've wanted to.

I'll have things to submit, since I will have to finish.

I'd like to try submitting again to Writers of the Future every quarter until I win or am disqualified for my pro sales.

I'd like to have some fiction to post here, and if I finish enough stories, I'll have plenty to post. 

This is good timing I think. My novella is ready for revisions, and my next one is started, but I need to do research before it can really go any further. So short stories will keep me writing, but hopefully also leave me time to read and revise some too. After three months, if I like how it's going, I'll commit to another three months. If I'm ready to go on the novel, I may switch to that then. We'll see.