Gh(P)osts of Christmas past

It’s a pandemic, not a writing retreat. — Everyone on Writing Twitter And true enough, but despite all that, I managed to get words down, and the words are good words. For all my despair over not doing enough, I look back and see what I have accomplished. * More than 70,000 words on the new novel, which I started in January or February of 2020. And that means I am on track to complete Read more…

The Sisters Mederos and a theory of magic

Update11/21/20: In my semi-regular series of posts for NaNo, I’m reboosting my post on magic. Usual disclosure: This is my theory of magic in fantasy. There are other points of view. I personally do not find magic systems with rules to be particularly appealing, but many authors and readers clearly think otherwise. The reviews are coming out about A Wrinkle in Time,  and they made me think about The Sisters Mederos. Not just, “damn, I Read more…

Writing a novel? Don’t do NanoWriMo

It’s another Throwback Thursday! And it being November, it’s time for the classic “Don’t Do Nano” post that made waves years ago. The funny thing is, ha ha, guess what I’m doing this year? Yep. I evolved. But this is the post that started it all, including a mention on TIME’s website and an interview on NPR. I  reread this post and I think, boy, I was all about prescriptivism back then.  I look at Read more…