The Bitter Buffoon – The Process

The Bitter Buffoon is story number two in the #52ShortStories challenge. Challenge is certainly the right word. I took a week off from work for “vacation,” and this threw off the routine (in the most wonderful way, of course – fun times with friends and family, plus Angus’s 3rd birthday).

The Lower Frequency - Mind Map
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Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six – The Process

Seven Hundred and Seventy-Six is my first story in the #52ShortStories challenge and also the first one, that I can recall, in which I started and finished within one week. This was a big milestone for me. The great part about this challenge is that it’s going to continually push my capabilities. No resting on my laurels (do they sell laurels …

Tell Your Fears to Go Eat Mud. Play BTFI.

Has the increased level of attention in the years since the show came on made you feel like more of a perfectionist in your writing? Is it more challenging to write now?   Yes! And that doesn’t necessarily just revolve around the show. Although the show may, indeed, be part of it. The books have been enormously successful. I think …

I'm not Good Enough

Is your writing ever paralyzed by that statement? I know it’s gotten me sometimes. All it takes is picking up a book you love and reading for a few minutes. Soon, you’ll be saying to yourself, “That settles it. No writing for me today! There’s no way I can match that, let alone improve on it. Find my own voice? …

Weekly Recap – April 26th, 2013

I fought it out with The Devil of Doubt this week. He wanted me to give up and do something easy. He wanted me to feel exposed and worthless, to know that I was deluding myself into thinking I could be a writer. But you know what? F*** him. Halfway through the week, something inside of me pushed back. While …

Weekly Recap – April 19th, 2013

I originally started this post with, “Another week of not-much-to-say.” As I thought some more and let my fingers work their magic, it turned out I had quite a few things to say after all. I have several other posts about writing in the oven, but they’re still doughy. (Writing in the oven? Sounds intense. Writing, in the oven? Yeah, …

Weekly Recap – April 12th, 2013

I’m tired. It’s my week for on-call support at work and it was a long night. Since my brain drove off The Cliff of Exhaustion some umpteen miles ago, I’ll summarize this week: I read. I posted something about research. I worked. I wrote. I slept. I ate. I posted something about horses. I exercised. I look forward to making …

Weekly Recap – April 5th, 2013

Keeping up with my daily writing schedule was an abysmal failure this week. I did spend some time researching my novel as well as focus on the outline. A lot of good things came out of that, including a new major character. This weekend, I’ll put up a photo of my recently acquired study books. Not much to really say, …

Weekly Recap – March 29th, 2013

Hello friends, I’ve tried not to beat anyone’s head over this, but Sunday is the final day for voting in LitReactor’s Teleport Us contest. Higher Minds could use your love! I do apologize that you need to register an account in order to vote, but if you’re willing, I would be in your debt. Thanks to those that have already …

Weekly Recap – March 15th, 2013

Back in the office and it’s been a busy week. *** I spent about six days drafting and refining a little anecdote from my past, Lanes Lane. I enjoyed writing this, largely because it gave me the opportunity to work on my prose while not having to build a story from scratch. The bones were already there and, per Alfred …