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If you’re going to write, stop whining and write

I don’t know about you, but I always complain about not having enough time to write. When a (non)emergency happens at home, or friends want to catch you me up on the latest gossip, I find myself getting annoyed and sometimes downright angry. How dare the kids demand food at the precise moment my main character is about to make a major discovery. Wait, didn’t I feed the dog yesterday? You mean she has to…

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Racing the Rain update

Racing the Rain is the name of the novel I started during last year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Though I didn’t win, I did manage to get in over 30,000 words, enough to motivation me want to finish. I shelved the project for a couple of months, while I took care of other obligations. Now that I have the bulk my other projects out of the way, my attention is back on Racing. I…

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I want to be a King, but I’ll settle for being an author

So, the dust is slowly settling on the ill-famed Great PC Crash of 2010. Relief efforts have gone well. My desktop is about 80% functional, with my laptop coming in a little over 90%. Since I got myself back up and running faster than I thought, it’s time to refocus on writing. If one thing my latest computer shenanigans taught me–besides the importance of keeping several backups copies of work–is that owning a computer doesn’t…

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Better sleep, better creativity

Sometimes all it takes is a good night’s rest to kick start the creative process. It’s been a rough week for me. With computers on the fritz, car trouble and the heat stealing any chance of rest, I hadn’t been feeling too creative lately. Last night had been the last straw as I removed the remaining plastic from my air conditioner I had banished to the basement. While I wouldn’t call myself cheap, I would…

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Writing on the rails

For the last two weeks, I’ve been complaining about having to drive and not having commuter time to write or to catch up on reading. I complained that having to sit in traffic stifled my creativity; further complaining about how much writing I could accomplish if I could just sit on the train and put my fingers to the keyboard. Well, it looks like all my protesting paid off as I woke up this morning…

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