Friday, April 18, 2014

Like Begets Like

I'm sure it isn't really an odd thing to suggest that a creative environment fosters, and spawns, more creativity. I've wrote about it here enough times, that when I'm writing  a lot, the ideas keep coming.

Four Dancing Muses, from Wikimedia Commons

Monday, April 14, 2014

How Many Novels Have YOU Written?

Just something I have to get off my chest.

It really bugs me when I see and hear comments like "It takes her ten years to write a book!" (Donna Tartt) and "It took him six years to write the last one....too long!" (George R. R. Martin).

Most of the people making these comments are not, I think, writers. I don't like to make assumptions, but they are, so why not?

Found on Tumblr

Friday, April 11, 2014

I really need a snappy title for my link posts

All right, another lazy link roundup (ooh, should I call it that? Lazy Link Roundup™? Has somebody already thought of that?)

I'm about 4k words behind on my CampNaNoWriMo project. Still doable, certainly. I haven't lowered my word count goal yet.

Found on Imgur, but also on this Buzzfeed post

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Ethics of Space Travel

You'd think somebody with as much nuclear paranoia as mine would have considered the amount of radiation a person would be exposed to on a trip to Mars. But I didn't. I think to some degree, I assumed ships were shielded and left it at that. It's how it works in the movies, right?
Picture of Space Shuttle Atlantis, from NASA web site

Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Brownies (the fae kind, not chocolates)

A couple of times in the past year, I've had a strange sort of book luck.

See, we have a book sale at the library, both for items the library itself has withdrawn and also for donated items. Books are a dollar, fifty cents if they're trade paperbacks. You might imagine I come home with more book sale books than I ought, though I do try to exercise a measure of control.

Two times in the past year, I've walked past the book sale and found the exact book I was looking for, for the low low bargain price of one George Washington.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pondering the seriousness of various NaNoWriMos.

So I guess I have a pattern formed here.

When I don't have posts scheduled ahead of time  (which I do, frequently. I write them when I have the time and schedule them for my neat little MWF), sometimes I can pull it out in time. Or at least on the correct day. But there are always mitigating circumstances.

This time, it is of course Camp NaNoWriMo.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Flash Fiction: Klara and the Clockwork Djinn; or, Matchmaking at the Museum

This week's Chuck Wendig Flash Fiction Challenge is Five Random Words. He chose ten words, which follow, and the goal is to write a 1000 words piece incorporating five of them. I've chosen to write a story that takes place within my Steampunk "world" (timeline?), which largely takes place in South Africa (it seemed like a lot of stories took place in England, or in India, and my fascination with South Africa had recently taken hold, which I talked about here in greater detail).

(I'm unsure of the title. Don't judge me.)

 Klara and the Clockwork Djinn; or,Matchmaking at the Museum