Author: BD Wilson

A writer and geek.
Coming Soon: E is for Evil

Coming Soon: E is for Evil

In case you missed the previous announcements elsewhere, E is for Evil is coming on May 15!

E is for Evil contains twenty-six individual stories which each shine a different light on the multi-faceted idea that is evil. Running the gamut from lyrical fantasy to gritty horror in these stories possessed toys, hellish bureaucrats, scientists with questionable morals, abusive partners and even lingerie sellers all take their turn in the spotlight.

E is for Evil Cover

This anthology contains the second story in my second Alphabet Anthologies trilogy. Something a little different, but I had fun with is and I’m looking forward to the release so I can share it.

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NaNoWriMo 2017!

NaNoWriMo 2017!

We’re almost at the end of the month and it occurred to me I’d never made my NaNoWriMo participation post.

So, late though it is, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo this month!

naNoWriMo Participant 2017

I’d considered a few different options for an additional challenge this year, but I finally decided on an Old School NaNo. That is, exactly 50,000 words, with a beginning, middle, and end. It’s been a very long time since I picked a project I would complete in 50,000 words and I’ve never done an exact end target, so I expected this to be a lot of fun. As an additional goal for myself, I decided I would do exactly 1,667 words a day (except the final day which will have to be 1,657 I believe), even if it meant I ended the day in the middle of the sentence.

That’s a strategy I’ve read about people using to give them a thread to pick up the next day. it’s never one I’ve tried before, because I don’t trust either my memories or my notes to tell me what I was thinking when I left off. So far, it’s been pretty interesting. I have, as expected, forgotten the end of the intended sentence a few times, but I’m usually able to come up with something that feels close.

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4thewords Redux

4thewords Redux

A few years ago I wrote up my impressions of 4thewords after using the site during NaNoWriMo for the first time. Last year I realized I should post an update at somepoint, because the site had changed so much (all for the better). It’s taken me a bit, but here it is!

The Changes

So, first of all, the things that have not changed: the goal of the site and the basic mechanics of the monster battles. The goal is, of course, to give you extra motivation to write words. It’s always been good at that and continues to be so.

The monster mechanics are still basically the same: each monster has a target word count and a time limit. If you hit the word count before the battle timer runs out, you win! Some monsters are more difficult because they have more words, others because they have less time. There’s a pretty good balance for the most part.

What has changed, however, is the addition of a world and a wrap-around story with more RPG elements.

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Published in D is for Dinosaur, X is for…

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

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

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!

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!