Published in D is for Dinosaur, X is for…

Today is the launch day for D is for Dinosaur!

Within these stories — set in alternative histories, far-flung futures and times just around the corner — dinosaurs whimper and waste away or roar and rage. People can be dinosaurs, as can ideas, fictions and flesh. Knitted dinosaurs share space with ghostly, genetically engineered and even narcotic ones.

Teenagers must embrace their inner dinosaurs in order to find peace and belonging, a dying woman duels a God in a far future city that echoes aspects of our past, an abused wife accompanies her husband on a hunt for an ancient power and finds more than she could ever have imagined and a girl with wonderful magical powers stumbles across the bones of a giant long-dead lizard. And so much more!

My story is the letter X, which means both X and Q are now out of the way. It’s a story unconnected with my previous trilogy for the alphabet anthologies, but if all goes according to plan, should be the start of a new one.

Click the cover to visit Poise and Pen website for links to purchase on the various Amazon regional sites. Order during the pre-launch sale for a discount on the final price.

D is for Dinosaur

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Breaking a Streak

Sometime over a year ago, I read The Artist’s Way. At the time I was feeling very disheartened and it seemed like the sort of thing I needed. I plunged into the 12 week program and worked through it. This, of course, included “Morning” Pages. (I do not get along with mornings, but that’s a rant for another time. My pages were therefore usually not in the morning.) When I started, I wrote them long-hand and filled an entire journal. I kept it up for some time after finishing those first weeks, but after a while I felt like they were not worth it. I didn’t see how two or more pages of “I’m not done yet? What the hell?” was helping me in any way, and that was usually what they entailed. I stopped writing them.

Then, last February, I decided to give Daily Pages a try by switching to a medium more in tune with myself: a computer. I’d remembered seeing the site 750 Words years ago, and went to find it. I joined, and plunged right in with the commitment to write 750 words (equivalent to the prescribed three pages at 250 words each) of Daily Pages again. Today, I earned my 365 Days in a Row badge.

And today is when I’ve decided to stop.

I love the 750 Words site. I think they’ve done a fantastic job building it, the badges are fabulous, and the monthly challenges help to keep me engaged. If I didn’t already have an alternate site for my fiction writing, I’d be tempted to move that over there and keep going. So my decision to stop has nothing to do with the site. It’s wonderful.

My decisions is all about the Pages themselves. I’ve been doing this for a year now, which means I would expect to see at least one of the many benefits claimed. I should be able to point to something, anything, that has been improved by taking the time to do these every day. Instead, I’ve had to put other things on hold, bump them to another day, whatever was necessary to get the pages in and I can’t point to a single improvement in my life, much less the near-miraculous changes described in the book.

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Cover Reveal: D is for Dinosaur

We have the cover for D is for Dinosaur!

Click on the teaser image to see the full cover at Rhonda Parrish’s site:

D is for Dinosaur Teaser

For the fourth installment of Rhonda Parrish’s Alphabet Anthologies, contributors were challenged to write about dinosaurs. The resulting twenty-six stories contain widely different interpretations of the dinosaur theme and span the spectrum from literal to metaphoric.

Within these pages stories set in alternate histories, far-flung futures and times just around the corner, dinosaurs whimper and waste away, or roar and rage. People can be dinosaurs, as can ideas, fictions and flesh. Knitted dinosaurs share space with ghostly, genetically engineered and even narcotic ones.

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NaNoWriMo 2016!

Getting the post in at the last minute, but still in October this year 🙂

So, I’ll be participating in NaNoWriMo again this year. I’m looking forward to it, but in a more laid-back way that usual. Possibly too laid back, as I am totally not ready and it starts tomorrow!

3-Day Novel Contest

A few months ago, on a whim, I looked up the 3-Day Novel Contest.

It was something I had heard of a long time ago, looked at briefly, and then decided that was a bit too short a time frame. However, since hearing about it that first time, I’ve done quite a few NaNos, some of them in much shorter than a month, and while looking for a new challenge, I remembered the one for a novel in three days.

When I reached the site, I found I’d missed the Early-bird Registration by only a few days, and was disappointed. I considered just giving it a pass this year as a result of poor timing, and then I saw on their Twitter stream that they’d extended the deadline and I hadn’t missed it after all. That, I decided, was a sign I should join up this year for certain. So I did.

It starts tomorrow. Or, more like in fifteen minutes now, because I left this blog post very later.

I have actually outlined a project for a change. I have arranged food for the weekend and stocked snacks. I have made certain I will not be disturbed, and I am going to throw myself into writing and pretty much nothing else for the next three days.

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