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The Forgotten Volumes

nymphI maintain in my mind that there is some creature, a Muse, an Oracle, some sort of Fey that controls writer’s block. Right now, she has me in her thrall. I can’t seem to find my bearings. This may, or may not, have anything to do with the fact that I’ve been playing a lot of video games lately, mainly the Mass Effect series. However, I find they’re actually kick-starting my creative reserves, usually held in such tight check that I can’t find them. Read More »

Broken Wings

As the cold damp weather continues, I find typing is painful.  Also, I haven’t achieved a full victory against the writer’s block yet.  It’s like being a bird with a broken wing.  I hate times like this. I do have several posts brewing, and hope that I can have one up for Friday, if this infernal weather would co-operate!

A Short Hiatus Over

Forgive the stillness of last week.  I could give you the story of how I was kidnapped by aliens, but the truth is, the winter weather has kicked it up a notch, and thus I’ve been in immense amounts of pain.  As well, I have been playing Mass Effect, a game that I find highly addictive.  When I feel the worst, physically, an intense video game often does much to sooth me.  I can live through my character and be tough and useful, instead of feeling trapped by a body that doesn’t let me do all the things I would like to do anymore.

I’ve also been pondering bridges, lately.  This is one of those weird episodes of writer’s block that I go through.  Sometimes, I write so intensely and get so much written that my mind freezes up like a winter stream.  I’m left pondering how to move forward. Read More »

Autumn’s Hope

A short post for a busy time of year.

Autumn is always a bittersweet time of year for me.  As a child, it brought serious dread as bringing back the torment of school.  At the same time, I loved to learn and loved having a huge library to play in.  In one year at that school I talk about in the last two posts, I read over 250 of the library’s books.  I’ve always been something of a ferocious reader.  That year I think I took it to extremes. Read More »

Apology and Promise

I have been terribly neglectful, shamefully neglectful, of this blog.  I have no excuses.  Simply put, it has been the last thing on my mind, and I will endeavor to bring it to the forefront once more.  Lately, my writing life was centered around the novel that I’m working on.  It is a young adult novel that has its fits and starts.  Sometimes, the writing is so smooth and automatic that words tumble from me thousands at a time.  Once, I simply sat down to edit one inconsistent paragraph, yet somehow found myself finishing the chapter, and half the of the next chapter besides.  Sometimes, a simple scene meant to be one third of a chapter has blossomed into an entire chapter of its own.

I’m not complaining; the writing is brilliant when it works like that.  However, each of these chapters seems to be a child that I find under my care.  Sometimes, the children are wonderfully cooperative.  Sometimes, they rebel like teenagers.   Sometimes, they start as one, and end as the other.  There really is no rhyme or reason.

This book obsesses me with my need to complete it.  It is set in a world of my own creation.  The main character is a strong female lead; the kind of person I wanted to read about as a girl growing up.  I wanted the “damsel” not to be the one in distress, but the one in control.  I wanted to read about someone kicking butt and taking names, and not needing a strong male to help her when she broke a nail.  Xena opened my eyes to strong female role models, and I wanted more like that.  That’s why writing this world is so important to me.  It’s not that each woman is an Amazon and all the men are weaklings.  It’s simply a world where women and men can be equally as weak and strong as the next person.  Strength, intelligence, and ambition are not determined my gender.

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