June 18th, 2013


At #WXR13, they had us do some writing exercises.

And I shall post one of the results I wrote here for your entertainment, seeing as I haven't done a snippet in awhile.

One of the lectures was on "How to Scare People" with the handsome and hard-working Dan Wells. If you haven't read Dan's books, you should be, because damn. So he pointed out that you need to give the reader time to concoct the monster in their head--and then you have to outdo it. If they understand it, then they guessed what you're going to do and they'll be disappointed. Subvert expectations. Hannibal Lecter is scary because he's so normal. He could be your Uncle Phil. However, you guys don't get that one, because I'm entering it in the new 99Fiction contest (you may have to join the site to see the link).

We also had a "Writing Humor" lecture from the handsome and hard-working Howard Tayler. I believe the object of this exercise was to write a piece that was just dialogue, and also funny, that would tell us who these people were, where they were, and what they were doing, with no descriptors. So, I'll slide that under the cut because, while it's not really long, per se, it does take up a lot of space, because All Dialogue.

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wolf eyes

My tweets

  • Mon, 13:09: I am going to beat LJ to death. This is the third time it's decided not to play well with Twitter. HERE: http://t.co/ErfinrJ5wB
  • Mon, 14:08: And none of these outlines are pinging me. Argh.
  • Mon, 14:36: I have a writing plan for the rest of the year. http://t.co/cc93sufCoD
  • Mon, 23:07: Nothing like being stranded overnight at the airport, checking my mail, & finding a rejection. However, there was also a payment. #whiplash
  • Tue, 00:41: One of the perks of being stuck in the PHX airport is that I got to replenish my ghost pepper sauce supply. So at least there's that.
  • Tue, 00:50: Just saw someone using a Standard Poodle as a seeing-eye dog. I don't think I've ever seen that before.
  • Tue, 06:39: Four hours of "sleep" last night. Now sitting glassy-eyed & staring at gate, which has already changed once, HOPING to get on the plane.
  • Tue, 06:43: On the plus side, I'm a day ahead on my NaNo Project o'Doom & have done the math to see where I want to be at the end of today.
  • Tue, 06:44: On the minus side, I may get out of here sooner on a non-rev than I would on the ticket I paid for. Keeping an eye on the loads.
  • Tue, 06:48: Gotta love spammers before six in the morning. And by "love" I mean "want to beat them with the rusty meat cleaver we found in the kitchen."
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Numfar: Dance of Joy


The BearFic has been accepted for publication in the Far Orbit anthology, and the editor had lovely things to say about it.

This is the second story about my spaceship crew that other people have been willing to pay me cashy money for.

Flist! Do the Dance of Joy with me!

ETA: This story was rejected 18 times before it found a home. NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER.