Category Archives: The Writing Process

Everything I am learning about creativity, writing, editing, and publishing.

City of Sand Levels Up

A milestone for City of Sand, the first draft is finished!  Coming in at about 77,500 words and 270 pages, it is the shortest in the series so far.  It will probably get shorter now that it’s at the next … Continue reading

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Creative Ink Festival May 6-8th

If you are in the Vancouver area this weekend, consider going to the Creative Ink Festival.  Tickets are still available at the door, and you’ll get to see amazing people like Robert Sawyer and Galen Dara.  Galen is the cover … Continue reading

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Progress on City of Sand

Blechh!!!  I’m now trying a different approach with this book, starting with more action than in my (many) previous attempts.  However, this means I need a lot of flashbacks, which are tricky to handle in terms of flow and tension.  Blech!!! X2. … Continue reading

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An Un-Sale of a Short Story, etc.

I wrote a horror short story a while back called “The Talking Box,” and it has been accepted by Midnight Circus Magazine, a literary, themed quarterly.  It seem like an interesting publication, so please feel free to check it out … Continue reading

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The Sequel (draft) Is Finished.

City of Masks (working title) is complete – except for the revising, editing, and polishing.  Oh yes, and finding a publisher.  Minor considerations. Now for a week or two of reading other people’s writing.

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City of Demon News is Coming

There will be a City of Demons announcement in a few days, but to hold you until then I present the following: file: Some of the Wards of Shirath This is a crude map of wards 5, 6, and 7 … Continue reading

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Old Projects, New Projects

I haven’t posted in a while – sorry about that – but I’ve been wrapping up some projects.  And really, just posting that your in the middle of things doesn’t bring anybody closure.  I finally finished a rejection-worthy (or maybe … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Final Update

I ended up short of the mark for my first attempt at National Novel Writing Month.  At 41,000 words, I was short 9,000 words.  Even if I added (sneakily) the 4,000 words of the short story that distracted me, I … Continue reading

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Novel Writing Update #1

Eleven thousand words so far -and in only three days!  Of course, I had one chapter and part of another already written.  However, I did have to rewrite those pieces extensively to fit the outlines I’ve been slaving over.  And … Continue reading

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National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo approaches (like a freight train), and I am going to participate for the first time.  There is a comic sci-fi novel that has been tickling my brain for years.  The tentative title is “Luck”, and I hope that doesn’t … Continue reading

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