Getting Unstuck

I have a new writing post for you today. If you’ll recall from my NaNoWriMo posts last November, I am currently working on a novel about Phillis Wheatley. And when I say “currently working on,” I mean “trying-but-it’s-hard-and-I-don’t-even-know-what-to-do-next” kind of working. This is what has been happening inside my head for almost two months now: Me:…

Opinionating

I have thought a lot recently about facts, opinions, and being opinionated. Being open-minded is important to me. One of my pet peeves is when people do not think for themselves and ask questions. This is one reason I have always felt uncomfortable with calling myself a member of a particular political party. (To this…

Lionheart

Hello again. I don’t know about you, but it still feels weird to say that it’s 2017. Maybe a few more weeks and it will feel normal? After my little unplanned hiatus over the last few weeks (sorry – I was enjoying time with my family and then got sick as soon as I got…

One Undervalued Way to Make the World a Better Place

There have been many, many times over the course of my life that heartbreaking stories have dominated news media (for varying lengths of time, whether it is minutes, hours, or days). At those times, I always look at everyone around me, and I read what people post on social media, or listen to what they…

Never Again

For those of you following the news, you will have seen that the situation in Syria has rapidly deteriorated. (You can find an excellent summary of what is happening here, from the ever-wonderful BBC.) As I am writing this, some reports are emerging of a deal that has been reached which could end the summary killings…

Drawing Lines Through History

Last weekend, I went with one of my roommates to attend a production of Handel’s Messiah. Like so many people, I grew up loving the “Hallelujah Chorus” and “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” but it wasn’t until a couple of years ago that I ever bothered to listen to the full oratorio. It’s not my…

NaNoWriMo: That’s a Wrap

Surprise! You know when I said I wasn’t going to post this Wednesday? Well, I changed my mind. I finished NaNoWriMo (reached my 50,000 words, and actually finished my story) much earlier than I thought, and my fingers were itching to blog, so here we go. This NaNoWriMo (my fifth) was both more difficult and…

NaNoWriMo: Week 4, and Catching Up

Well, NaNoWriMo is almost over. As I’ve mentioned previously in my other NaNoWriMo posts, I have done this project several times before and was able to successfully complete it each time – even when I was a full-time student with a part-time job. This year, it’s been a whole different ballgame, for a lot of reasons.…

NaNoWriMo: Week Three, and What I’ve Learned

What I’ve learned doing NaNoWriMo this time around: It’s amazing to have a story you’re really in love with. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. It’s not fun to 11,000 words behind. Don’t get 11,000 words behind. Conclusion? Don’t get 11,000 words behind.

NaNoWriMo: An Excerpt

I’m a bit preoccupied with writing my novel about Phillis Wheatley at the moment (and trying to catch up on my word count, as I am still really far behind) and couldn’t think of much else to write about this week, so I thought I would share a couple of excerpts from this work in progress.…

NaNoWriMo: On Writing Through

Well. It’s been a rough week on a number of levels. As it stands right now, I am 8000 words behind where I “should be” to be on target for NaNoWriMo. That’s going to take a definite, concerted effort to tackle over the course of the next two weeks. Why? Due to certain recent events, I…

The Aftermath

We are entering the wee hours of Wednesday morning as I write this. I am stunned. I am appalled. I am heartbroken. I feel this way for many reasons, but the most important are these: We have just sent a message that racism, misogyny, and bullying is acceptable behavior. We have told every woman and…

NaNoWriMo: Week One, and the Joy of Writing

In the other years that I have done NaNoWriMo, week one has typically been my strongest week. I have found that getting ahead of the word count in the first few days gives me a strong start to the month and carries me through weeks that are more difficult (like week two and three). This…