Writerly Wednesday

I told you it was going to be quieter around here, eh?

No worries, everything is fine. I’m just enjoying some down time after a hectic holiday season that started with Thanksgiving and ended with… oh wait, it isn’t over yet! Well in that case, I’m stealing a few moments for myself in the midst of this hullabaloo.

(I’m also resisting a silly urge to redesign this site, and wishing I had the talent to turn even the most boring day into a good story.)

Anyhoot, while I go off to read my friend’s awesome work-in-progress (and work on my own!!) please enjoy these links:

  • First, a reminder: 100% of my December proceeds will be donated to the It Gets Better Project. To purchase either Twenty-Somewhere or “The Eraser” in support of this cause, please visit Amazon, the iTunes bookstore, or Smashwords.
  • Next, via Erin (danke!), author Sherwood Smith gives advice to young NaNo-ers. This quick pep talk is filled with gems like…
    • “There is no wrong method, it’s just finding the kickstart that works best for you.”
    • “‘Action’ doesn’t have to be slam-bang gunfights or space ship chases or explosions, though those can be fun.”
    • “Action and reaction are the bones and sinews of a book.”
  • Last and most amusing, an aspiring poet decided to create a documentary instead. Behold Bad Writing, the movie:

Sadly there are no screenings in my area, but if I were in LA, NYC, Austin, or Madison (Wisconsin? seriously?) I would totally go check it out.

Like this:



Memories of another time


Foiled (for my own good)


  1. Les

    Hahaha… Madison.
    Hopefully I don’t get the urge to redesign my site for a while now, I hear you on never having time for… anything? The holidays are always so insane. It starts at Thanksgiving and doesn’t end til after New Year’s Day…

  2. Celeste

    I so want to see that!

  3. In one way, that trailer was very funny. In another way, I can’t help but identify with the writer, and that makes the trailer extremely painful and horrifying. And then I laugh again because that’s the point, I guess.

    I’ll have to put it in the Netflix queue. Or visit my sister-in-law in Madison. But the Netflix queue thing is more likely.

  4. Jon

    The “Bad Writing” guy’s not McGonagall, but maybe his talents were a little unexplored, let’s say. Maybe he needs to get an MFA to boost his confidence. Looks like a very entertaining movie–I do want to see it!

  5. This time of year is always crazy. As long as you find some time to write, it’s all good.

    I used to love redesigning my sites, but I haven’t in a while. Maybe next year…

    I’ll have to come back and watch that trailer when everyone else in my house isn’t asleep :)

  6. Les-
    Whatever you do, DO NOT change the new logo! I LUVS IT!

    Hopefully it will have a wider release?

    Lols to that last part!

    And *you* actually could! Lucky duck.

    Finding time to write… That’s the trick, isn’t it? :P

  7. I don’t think I could sit through an hour and a half of that movie! You haven’t been that quiet, by the way. I went more than three weeks without blogging and it only felt like a few days. I think we should all take the month off next year! Your site looks great the way it is, by the way. You don’t need to redesign it right now.

  8. Aww, thanks, Meghan! I kind of love the hand-drawn, home-made feel of it, too… but I want to put up a little headshot and a 1-2 line bio instead of the monthly rotating header. Still, you’re right, I don’t need to rush!

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