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Oh my god, proof-reading is literally the worst

Literally! I am about to begin proof-reading the manuscript of This Beautiful Fever for what is at least the third and might possibly be the fourth time. When I write a text straight through, without revision, it’s usually pretty perfect, in terms of spelling, grammar, usage, punctuation, capitalization, etc. But the moment I start revising it, […]

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Working with an agent completely changes the emotional dynamics of writing a novel

Ever since signing with an agent way back in April, my novel has been chugging through revisions. They haven’t been particularly major ones, but the novel has been much improved by alterations to portions of the backstory that had previously felt a bit thin or implausible. I have to say, working with an agent is […]

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There’s no way that this is not going to somehow screw up this blog

I really do not like WordPress’ internal text editor, so I usually compose my posts in Word before copy-pasting them to WordPress. However, on a whim, I’ve decided to test-drive the Microsoft Word feature that lets you propagate posts from Word directly to your blog. I have a strong belief this is really going to […]

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All of George R. R. Martin’s child characters are off by about three years

I am still making my slow, but steady, way through Ulysses. But a splitting headache impelled me to take the afternoon off and read The Hedge Knight, which is the first of the prequel novellas George R. R. Martin wrote for the world that inspired the Game of Thrones TV show. This is probably one of my favorite-ever […]

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Finished the first draft of another novel: Production Diary…

Yep, I did it again. Now, you might ask, didn’t I just finish a novel six months ago? Why am I writing another one? Is that other one revised? What’s going on here? Well, it’s kind of a pipeline issue. This Beautiful Fever still hasn’t gone out on submission yet, and I can’t really have […]

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I totally understand why people quit writing short stories.

 I’ve only written three stories this year (and it’s half over; also, one of those stories was only 700 words long)! The last story I completed was finished on February 17th. This year I’ve almost exclusively done novel-related stuff: drafting and revising Enter Title Here¸ revising This Beautiful Fever, and, this summer, working on the […]

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