Writing Life

The Editing Room Floor: Empty Calories

Here’s another from The Libra Gambit’s editing room floor, and one which includes references to possibly the most comforting food I have ever known (says the person with no nut allergies), the grilled peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich, also known as the fluffernutter sandwich. Side note, the fluffernutter tends to use marshmallow cream, but my …

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The Editing Room Floor: Prologue Fail

What can we say? Sometimes there are scenes that don’t make it into the book.* Maybe the scene didn’t gel with the rest of the story, or went off on a plot tangent too far. Maybe the scene stopped the action, or was confusing. And maybe, just maybe, the scene left the beta readers tilting …

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The Why

Just taking a moment to share two videos that drop some wisdom on several whys, from why we don’t trust ourselves to why we create to why we can’t explain why we know what we know. The first is from The Quitcast, and is third in a series for Intuitive writers, which I’m following closely …

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Monthly Cuppa: Changing Gears

Welcome, all! As you may have noticed, I decided to make a change to the Friday blog posts, switching from the pressure-oriented, horrifyingly official Weekly Update to the much more accessible (and realistic) Monthly Cuppa. So, while I’ll still mention where and how progress is occurring in our creative pod, I will only be doing …

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Weekly Update: February 4, 2022

It’s Friday! And there’s a wee bit of ice outside, but nothing like last February (so far). During the week, in addition to “ice prepping” and “long distance offspring coaching,” and Kelley and I had another time-zone-crossing meet up and knocked out a chapter for Crew Who Came in From the Cold.  This went well, …

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Question of the Month: 1

Hello, and welcome to the first ever question of the month, wherein we draw a name from the “Private Facilitator” membership and, whoever is  drawn can ask a question of any character or author they choose. Both the questions and the answers will be posted both here and on our Buy Me a Coffee page.* …

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Weekly Update: January 28, 2022

We seem to have arrived at the last full week of January, which happened terribly fast, quite likely because I spent every spare moment (and a few not so spare) of this past week binge reading all of Anne Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy,  John Jackson Miller’s Star Trek: Picard prequel, Rogue Elements, and Emily St. John Mandel’s …

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Weekly Update: January 21, 2022

Getting the sad news out of the way first. The cat I mentioned last week did, indeed, decide she was done by this past Wednesday. She will be missed, from her calm acceptance of everything and everyone, to her mighty purr, to the way she made a tribble noise every time a person would pet …

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Weekly Update: January 14, 2022

Okay—this week is a little wonky. Like, I lost track of which days I was supposed to post which chapter of which book wonky. Mostly because since last Friday, I have flown to and from another state (in two days!), then come home to an aged and ill cat who we’re at the “coaxing to …

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Weekly Update: January 7, 2022 (New Year, New Website)

Happy Friday, y’all. So, the first week of the year flew past in a flurry of getting youngest student ready to return to college. I’ll be accompanying her, so the weekend is basically me, on planes. Crossing fingers weather and flights behave. While all that was happening, I pulled the lever on a small, yet …

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