Writing–Where I’m At with NaNoWriMo

November is coming, and we all know what that means. Halloween candy binges. Christmas decorations everywhere. Frantic preparations for a gigantic holiday feast. Men growing facial hair to raise awareness about their prostates. And writers everywhere going insane trying to finish a novel in a month. Which one of these am I going to be … Continue reading Writing–Where I’m At with NaNoWriMo

On Encouragement

Fine Feathers is a blog about “An aspiring writer’s journey.” This writer’s journey began with an unexpected illness—chronic migraines—and the loss of a medical career. It has included a mostly silent battle with daily headaches, which has engendered great sympathy for the plight of other patients dealing with the frustrations of medical care. It has … Continue reading On Encouragement

Letting Go: The Freedom of Failure

I’m doing National Novel Writing Month, and I’m proud to say, I wrote over two thousand words today. I’m also ten thousand words behind. And it feels great.It’s taken me a long time to be able to say that. I started the month with as much enthusiasm, drive, and determination to win as any WriMoer. … Continue reading Letting Go: The Freedom of Failure

Wow, Kris Kathryn Rusch. Tell us how you really feel.

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards. -Robert A. Heinlein It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve never been more keenly aware of Robert Heinlein’s warning for writers. Yes, I have a blog. Yes, it’s about writing (occasionally). It’s been rather silent lately. … Continue reading Wow, Kris Kathryn Rusch. Tell us how you really feel.

It takes a certain kind of bravery to write…

I wrote this the other day when I was feeling dejected. (The book I’m in the middle of tearing apart and putting together is Timber Howligan Book Two. Book One hasn’t even been published yet.) My solution to the revision blues? NaNoWriMo. Today I finished Chapter One of Timber Howligan Book Three. I realize at … Continue reading It takes a certain kind of bravery to write…

Writing IS my “Me” Time

Family. Writing. Volunteering.These are all important to me--catch me in a well-rested, perfectly-balanced moment (if you can…) and I'll list them in this order.I always forget to put myself on the list; that's nothing new. If prompted, I'll shuffle my feet, say, "Oh shucks, go ahead, put 'Exercise' on there somewhere near the bottom."That's the … Continue reading Writing IS my “Me” Time

My Three Favorite TED Talks

The happy secret to better work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLJsdqxnZb0 (12 minutes) A happiness researcher on, yes, the importance of being happy In this fast-paced, invigorating talk, Harvard researcher Shawn Achor convinces us with bursts of hilarity, made up data, and flashes of brilliance that when it comes to happiness, we (that is, pretty much all of us) … Continue reading My Three Favorite TED Talks

“The will to finish and a good contract”

A Message From Writer Beware Co-Founder and Chair, Ann Crispin (Thanks to The Passive Voice for the article) This is the second time this year I am learning about an acclaimed author through their blog posts, just as they near the end of their life. The first was Scottish science fiction author Iain M. Banks, … Continue reading “The will to finish and a good contract”