Nothing new to report on the novel front, I'm afraid. My alphas haven't finished reading the thing yet, and I haven't mustered the courage to pick it up. Next week, I promise. In the meantime, here's another Broadway Sonnet for you, still from the magnificent Hamilton, but this time we get to hear from Aaron Burr. … Continue reading Broadway Sonnet 2.
"It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it." -Anais Nin
Okay, folks. Last week I promised to let you know how it's going with allowing people to read my first draft. Well, I'll tell you. It's scary. Plus, I think I'm really starting to annoy people with my hand-wringing and repeated assertions that it's really such a mess so please don't expect it to be … Continue reading 5 Questions for Alpha Readers.
I'm reading Shakespeare's Henry VIII right now, and I just read a line in Act III, Scene 2 that made me snort. "...my endeavours Have ever come too short of my desires..." I'm sure my fellow creators can relate. Nothing ever comes quite up to what we picture in our minds, does it? But that's what keeps … Continue reading Desires > Endeavors.
Well, as I mentioned on Tuesday, I finished my NaNovel on the twenty-sixth of November. Since then, my body has been detoxing all the pent-up stress of the month, apparently, because I've had a constant headache and I can't get any of my muscles to relax, leading to a sick stomach and a sore jaw. … Continue reading Two Scary Experiments.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YH7hBhv3Jc Look at this sweet baby. She's a one-year-old chimpanzee experiencing a water hole for the first time. I finished my NaNovel on Sunday, and I've been staring at stuff like this ever since. I'm so tired.
Well, I've just hit the 40,000 word mark, and the cost is that I've had an... interesting medley of music in my head for the past few days. Three songs have been looping around and around in a crazy mashup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWdLt3Afjrg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdphO1jfxCg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic6wtXCxdEo I think the first two make some sense... but don't ask me … Continue reading Have I Gone Mad? You Tell Me.
What's that thing that happens to astronauts? That thing when they're shooting off into space at ridiculously high speeds and wonky stuff happens to their bodies? I don't know if that's even a thing, but that's what I'm beginning to feel like. We're halfway through the month, I'm halfway through my story, and I've written … Continue reading Zoom.
I'm stressed and the weather stinks. This helps. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRjCeoBqrI
Ugh. Week two of NaNoWriMo has really set in. I'm exhausted, and my alternate life as a Young Life leader just feels like too much. Yesterday I spent the evening with sixteen amazing teens, an opportunity that is truly a privilege. Under normal circumstances, I love watching them have a chance to laugh and act … Continue reading Small Talk.