The Flower Moon in Full Bloom

So many projects are wrapping up right now, and they’ve bloomed wonderfully. I had a few things happen that I normally would worry about, but instead I paused, took a deep breath, and reminded myself to have faith in the universe. And so far, things are mostly working out 🙂

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When I waste my energy on worrying, not only do I not have as many resources available to deal with things when they do go wrong, but when things go right (and they usually do) I’ve thrown away all that time that I could have been spending productively!

Mark Twain captured it best:

“I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”

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The Wind Moon has been Blowing

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but DANG, things have been happening. This month’s full moon on the 19th is called the Wind Moon. The new moon passed by on the 5th (I also missed Tessa’s Birthday on the 6th—sorry, Tessa!). I am definitely feeling strong winds of change blowing this month.

I’ve been laser focused on my Pets in Space® piece and am so looking forward to sharing more about that with you in the coming months! And I’ve reached the point where I get to start my next new project: Coalition Reckoning. So much is going on at this point in The Department of Homeworld Security that this will be a longer piece—probably double the size of the other novellas! That’s what I’m aiming for, anyway. We’ll see how it shakes out!

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While all this writing has been happening, we lost one of our cars unexpectedly. Not like:

Mr. Chandler: “Do you know where the car is?”

Me: “Maybe it’s where all the left socks go…”

But like:

Mechanic: “Your car is dead.”

Us: “NO, IT ISN’T! IT CAN BE SAVED! YOU’RE WRONG!!!” *sobs*

Mechanic: “…”

Okay, maybe Mr. Chandler didn’t sob, but it was super sad and we had to scramble to get another car ASAP. A car that I have fallen completely in love with. Continue reading “The Wind Moon has been Blowing”

Vision Boards

There are certain steps in starting out a new project that I now realize are not optional. They provide fuel that keeps me going, even activating my subconscious. One of the most important of these steps is to make desktop wallpapers for my devices—my own take on a vision board. I learn so much about the characters, plots, and worlds this way.

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Craig does not approve, but is trying *so* hard not to judge.

Take this picture of Craig, for instance. He’s a four-armed, Lyrian “space-Sasquatch” (don’t tell him I called him that, but it’s true—in the world of The Department of Homeworld Security, he and his mate, Barbara, are responsible for a lot of “Bigfoot” sightings). Craig was a pivotal character in Entry Visa, so I included him in my vision board while I was working on that story. Continue reading “Vision Boards”

New Growth

Inception

No, not the movie 🙂 I’m talking about the beginnings of an idea. The seed of a story. That moment when you realize you may have some ephemeral thing that maybejust maybeyou can transform into words on a page.

Because once you have your characters, you need a grand adventure for them to go on.

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Ideas come and go all the time. When one takes root and I can’t seem to shake it, I know I have the beginning of a plot. Continue reading “Inception”

Writing Conflict

We’ve talked about writing sympathetic characters, writing three-dimensional characters, and giving our characters pasts. All of these things are meant to create characters that readers can truly connect to in one way or another. Writing conflict is what activates the connection we’ve established.

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If a character sits around doing nothing, there is no story. If they get up and do some things, but those things don’t have a meaningful impact on their lives, the story is boring. As writers, it’s our job to make lovable, relatable characters…and then torment them.

This gig is definitely not for everyone.

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A Past Beyond the Page

Last week, we talked about fleshing out characters by thinking of how they’d react in everyday situations that might not come up in the story. Another important factor in building characters that resonate with readers is working through their back story.

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Where did the character go to school? Did they have lots of friends? Or were they more of a bookworm than a social butterfly? Do they have siblings? A close-knit family? Did they have pets?

There are so many details that writers can think about in creating a character’s past. Continue reading “A Past Beyond the Page”