words and images by mk swanson
Category: <span>process</span>

Bad Girl Needs an Audience

Simmering on Slippers post (actually, Slippers and Anna’s comments at Migrant Art Worker) and whether art is blunted by the application of chemical happiness, the Wench began listening obsessively to music. Two kinds: blues by women and extremely loud and explicit rock. Hmm. What do these have in common? What …

Re Vision

Two weeks ago I completed the first draft of a novel that I wrote in just over a month. Two years ago I completed the first draft of a novel I wrote in two years.I am now starting the revision of the two year novel, deciding that I should finish …

Barely Counts

Barely counts. I am now an official winner of NaNoWriMo 2009, with 50,200 words and one hour to go. It feels pretty good, even though I have to admit, I’ve got a climax and denouement still to write. Yay for me!


Yes, there is only one channel here at the Middle, and it’s called nanowrimo. I have come to feel that this is both one of the silliest and the most educational things I have ever done as a writer.I have learned that I can write 3 to 4 thousand words …


This is the view from my current favorite writing spot in the yard. My mother-in-law’s art pieces, “Windows on the Wetlands” are in view, as are a new hibiscus, an old cedar stump my dad gave me, and an eight year old staghorn fern.