I suppose I must address the elephant in the room -- Patreon and their new fee structure. To answer the burning question, I don't know what I'm going to do. For now, I'll stay while I look for another home. There aren't any viable options yet, but there's hope. Kickstarter's d.rip looks like it might … Continue reading Mother Melody
Look at the art! Sharna and Jackie! ...now if I can figure out a title, it'll seem like I'm really making something here each Saturday! Thank you again to Schnekk for her hard work. Congratulations to everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo 2017. No matter how many words you wrote, you won. Great job on reaching … Continue reading Street Preacher
One of the talented people I met at FanNexus this year was Schnekk. She agreed to do a commission for me for the blog serial (stay tuned for the big reveal on Saturday!), and an interview to showcase the cool stuff she's doing with her talents! Schnekk has been drawing and painting for as long … Continue reading Schnekk, artist & comic anthology editor
Yesterday, I typed 'the end' on my Language of the Spirit NaNoWriMo project. Huzzah, right? Not really. *sound of dying trumpets* I'm about 7800 words short of the 50K goal. The story's done. Beginning, middle, end. Arcs bent over themselves into a lovely rainbow. Tiny subplots that give depth, not distraction. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What more, man? I … Continue reading Is It Cheating?
Mmm, you can really tell this is a first draft with this installment. It's glaring and makes me grit my teeth, but where's the learning if you can't see the messes, right? I never promised it would be a great first draft! (Is there such a beast?) Sharna's transition should be visible, not an off-hand … Continue reading Practice
52 Saturdays of a first draft in public continues... Hook and Fish The gambling floor of The Crescent Moon at mid-day was quiet. Tattooed and pierced men swept and polished to reset the broad gambling room to its pristine condition before the coming night’s indulgences. Sharna was full of breakfast and rested, but she didn’t … Continue reading Hook and Fish
Greetings from the third day of NaNoWriMo! I'm chugging along nicely, avoiding the middle mush (I wrote ahead in case of emergencies) with an outline, and using eye drops as often as you are probably eating your kids' Halloween candy. Uh-huh, I said it. Jackie and Sharna have found an artist to capture their style! … Continue reading Do You Know?
Happy Saturday! I slept in today, like a pampered princess. A long week filled with NaNo prep, a SCBWI meeting, and a conference with a mentor will wear a writer right out. I learned a lot this week about myself and the industry. I'm still chewing it into pieces I can swallow, but once I've … Continue reading Melody the Mage
Blog posts on plotting vs. pantsing are as ubiquitous as pumpkin spice this time of year. (No joy-shaming here, but dog treats?) You'll forgive me if I indulge my take on this tradition, but if you stick with it, I promise a cool picture at the end as a salve to your soul and a … Continue reading Pantser Thoughts on Plotting
A special treat just in time for Halloween! Ksenia Anske, dark fantasy writer and sometime axe-wielder, is here to share her secret potion and spells for creativity. I may have had to donate some blood and use up a bit of salt, but it was worth it to get her answer to what makes creativity … Continue reading Ksenia Anske – Guest Post!