Sunday, October 31, 2010


National Novel Writing Month begins tomorrow! Good luck to my friend Amy Laurens and everyone else participating!

I will not be participating this year for sanity reasons.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Writing Fiends

We've talked about Super Writers. But what about the villainous side in each of us? You know it. We all have a dark side. Some hold their work up against others far more often than what is healthy. Some limit themselves by refusing to try anything new. Some start sentences with conjunctions... kidding.

Let's look a the darker side of The Writer.

The Riddler - "Riddle me this...

You're somewhat on track
If you can digest:
Take me out somewhat, I'm oft over-used,
But take me out whole, and you won't live."

You're too obscure with your writing. You aim for poetic, but no one knows what the heck you're talking about. (If anyone can discern what the riddle is talking about, I'll write you a bad limerick.)

Magneto - You're very prejudiced. Anyone who doesn't write in your genre is against you... and must be eliminated or brought to subordination (or converted to your genre. You're not too picky.)

Darth Vader - *heavy breathing* Your main focus is to join with the best of the best publishers and together rule the literary galaxy! Hmm. Maybe stop focusing so big and start looking at home. At your children: Your stories/novels/plays/whatever. The writing comes first. Then, together, you can rule the galaxy... NY Bestseller List... whatever.

Some of my favorite villains. What villain do you relate to most and why?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Super Writers!

Mom or dad or waitstaff by day, but by night--and any other precious minutes you can squeeze in--you are a writer.

I think writers are heroes in their own write... right. We might not wear capes--some might. Hey, I don't judge--but we meet deadlines head on; write when we're worn to the bone, ready to cry, ready to burn our manuscripts to pieces (but we don't.) We're an unusually resilient lot. Time and time again we get rejected, yet we send out again. "Please, sir, I want some more" might be our masochistic creed.

Anyway, without further ado I present the Big Three of Writers, the best of the best, the cream of the crop, the elite, the... Well, you get it.

Superman – You are a natural. Writing faster than a speeding bullet, your words are more powerful than a locomotive. It's a nerd, it's insane, it's Super Writer! Frankly, we read your words and wonder if you're human. Stay away from that green thing. What? No, not Kryptonite. Envy! Though your writing's da bomb, you may suffer from ILLS: I Love Lois Syndrome. Read: Wanting What You Can't Have-itis.

Batman – You are all about the gadgets. Spell-check is your Robin. A new computer program or book on writing comes out and you snap it right up. It's a dark night in Gotham—Writers Workshop, that is—when Google docs won't open. Who's the joker who stole your copy of A Thousand Faces? The two-faced son of a typewriter!

Spider-Man – Your writing strength came to you all of a sudden. You weren't writing before, now you're churning out bestsellers. It's like you've got a bug… the writing bug, that is. Not some radioactive spider that bit you and, like, gave you super-mad writing skillz that we all envy or anything.

I hit The Big Three. What Super Writer are you and why?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Here's a question for you all:

Why do you write?

Ask me that question and I'll tell you: I don't know.

I guess I get ideas, they excite me and I want to do something with them. I've always been a day-dreamer. I've always been semi-creative. But why does it have to be on paper?

Do I write for money? Clearly not, since this is not a lucrative biz.

Do I write for fame? Fame would be nice some day, but it is a very SLIM possibility. Which brings me to the next question:

Would I be all right in, say thirty years from now, still being a literary "nobody"?

I don't know. I've already made it twenty years writing without much success. It's only been laltely that I've been questioning my motives.

Do I write for pleasure? It pleases me when I'm writing for me and only me. But when I start thinking "Would anyone else like this?" that is when I stumble.

Finally, do I write because that's all I've ever known? Am I scared of facing the unknown?

Honestly, I don't know. I'm just in the dark about my own motives as you are about my motives.

I've been taking a "sabatical" from writing. It might continue for a day, a minute, a month, a year... But something tells me I will come back for more (even if eventually.)

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Answer-ish Thing-os

Here are the answers to my scramble game. Note that you need to say some of these out loud.

1. What you do after fishing IRNCALE

ANSWER: Clarinet. Clear a net? Ah, say it fast

2. Singing beetle BMGHUU

ANSWER: Humbug

3. Surprise a criminal COCHASKN

ANSWER: Shockacon. *dies laughing*

4. Snatch a male bovine BLEARGB

ANSWER: Grabble. Grab Bull. Yeah, you get it.

5. Take furniture to court BAITULSE

ANSWER: Suitable. Sue Table ;-)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

What am I Saying?

I went through one of my old notebooks in these wee hours and discovered an interesting page. The following are riddles that might be of my own creation... or not. I honestly don't remember.

For your enjoyment--or time-killing pleasure--I present:

The Scrambler Riddler Game (Because I'm fresh out of titles tonight)!

Clues/puns ______________________ Scrambles

1. What you do after fishing IRNCALE

2. Singing beetle BMGHUU

3. Surprise a criminal COCHASKNO

4. Snatch a male bovine BLEARGB

5. Take furniture to court BAITULSE


Good luck. Seriously. You'll need it.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Underground + Kindness

My submission is almost ready to send to the Literary Lab's "Notes From the Underground" anthology :) Thanks to the glamorous Michelle Davidson Argyle (author of "Cinders"), I am no longer panicking about having to fill the full ten pages.

Totally random...

I found an AWESOME site. No, I do not normally promote all caps, but this is worth shouting about. Check out: Help It's a site that gives you ideas for acts of kindness, 'cause let's face it: the world is seriously lacking in the smiles department.

It also gives one a chance to--le gasp--write. Non-fiction. Anyway, check it out.