Day 16 – 2K Words, and Superstition!

Hey, I’m totally stoked to see that Superstitious, the latest Fiction River anthology is out. As fate would have it, this one has stories by both me and Lisa Silverthorne (my Dare-mate) in it, too–as well as several other great writers. In an additional twist of fate, my story, “The Robin Club,” is also a […]

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Day 8 – Spies Arrives!

Yeah, I know these Novel Dare entries are intended to be about the work I’m doing on the book itself, but this one didn’t really go there. Sorry about that. I’ll do better tomorrow. # # # As fate would have it, the mailman brought me a contributor’s copy of the “Spies” edition of Fiction […]

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Day 7: 2K Words, and Dreams

I dreamed about the book last night. I think that’s a good sign, though to be honest I can’t really remember exactly what the dream was. That’s how dreaming is for me, mostly—I wake up with the memory of having dreamed, feeling a lingering aura for maybe a few minutes, a snippet of it in […]

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Day 6: 2K, Weirdness, and Bubbles

For folks who are insane enough to want to follow this process, I thought it might be fun to talk about outlining vs. pantsing, and how I’ve worked so far this time. The fact of the matter is that I’ve worked in all sorts of ways, and I think the “right” answer is regarding whether […]

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Day 2: 2500 Words and Thoughts On Time

I had another pretty good day that resulted in just short of 2500 words. I’m doing a lot of exploratory work at this point. I think I’m writing out of order to some degree, and that some of this is going to move out into later parts of the story—but I wrote them now because […]

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And So It Begins: Novel Dare, Day 1

I did NaNoWriMo* once. It wasn’t much fun. (* National Novel Writing Month is where several hundred thousand people sit down to cram 50,000 words into a month’s time). For me the problem is that NaNoWeiMofeels feels more like a carnival than a practice, more a flash of frivolity than going to a place of […]

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Frogs in the Stew

Amid all the other crap going on in our politics—all of which are important—we have two issues that are going to fundamentally change the lives of every person on the planet. The book I’m working on now touches on one of them, the book I’ll work on next (probably) takes on the other. The first […]

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