Category Archives: Works in progress

A Chance to Uncover the Past

Periodically on this blog I have mentioned a long-term work-in-progress, COLD IRON, the first book in a trilogy set in the Catoctin region of Maryland.  In the process of researching for the book, I was lucky enough to meet archeologist … Continue reading

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1000 is the Magic Number

For me it is, anyway. As in 1000 words per day. Ever since I started the draft of my newest work in progress, I have committed to writing 1000 words per day as a manageable amount, and this morning I … Continue reading

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Another Sneak Peek

So remember a few weeks ago, when I posted 7 lines from a recent work-in-progress because the current one was too formless for such things?  Well, maybe the 777 Meme has burned itself out by now, but I am bringing … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: COLD IRON

My fellow Sweet Sixteen, Kim Savage, has tagged me for the 777 Meme, whereby you post the first full 7 lines on the 7th page of your work in progress, starting 7 lines down.  As my current work in progress … Continue reading

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Scary Starts and Fictional Census Results

It’s been a weird couple of weeks, writing-wise.  I submitted my latest revision of the novel-that-has-no-name-yet to my editor, and now I have turned to something scarier: writing Book 2.  The thought of doing in less than a year what … Continue reading

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Constructive Woolgathering

I spent a lot of time today staring out the window.  But it was solid, productive staring out the window. I am elbow-deep in a revision of my as-yet-untitled novel that is coming out in 2016, and I won’t lie … Continue reading

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Hufflepuff and Proud

Once upon a time in my Harry Potter fandom days, my friends and I were planning an event that required four of us to play the heads of the various Hogwarts houses. The others agreed, as if it were a … Continue reading

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PAH!, or My Big News, At Last!

For readers unfamiliar with American Sign Language, I should explain that “PAH!” is often used by signers as a written shorthand for the ASL sign that translates best into English as “At last!” or “Finally!”  (so-called because of the distinctive … Continue reading

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Pressure

So I know that I am coming late to the party with this, but I finally got around to reading the much-recommended Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (New York: Random House, 1995).  I … Continue reading

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Writing Around the Point

Whenever I sit down to work on my novel in progress, I try not to think too hard about the fact that I am eventually going to cut 70-90% of what I write on any given day.  It’s painful to … Continue reading

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