Prompt: Overcoming Fear

My house is clean, screens and a new screen door have been installed, my junk is reorganized, the house trim is repainted, email correspondence is up-to-date, and magazines are read. All in an apparent effort to avoid editing my novel. I read recently that fear of artistic failure can present …

Story Circle Posts

I am guest-blogging for Story Circle. Each blog is posted as one of a pair, and my posts are Prompts for Winter and Discipline for Spring. My over-squeezed metaphorical mulberries Jamie, you get a mention in “teachers and writers who have influenced me,” which is at the bottom of Prompts …

Bad Dreams

I was just reading a forum over at Spirituality & Health called Dreamwork Interactive, in which you get weekly emails from Robert Moss, a dream worker and shaman whose books I have read and enjoyed. At the top of the forums was a new topic, What Not to Share. I …

Prepping for NaNoWriMo

Today I took the day off, planning to spend it setting up character sheets and an outline for my NaNoWriMo novel. Instead, I spent the day getting age spots lasered off (and thereafter contemplating my bad decision-making), watching a movie, reading a book on biocentricism, and, of course, napping. Finally finding …

Half-Made is All Monster

In my dream the other night, I half-turned into a monster made of metal. I can remember a bright silvery mask on one side of my face, and other parts of my body being replaced with machinery. It was terrifying. Two of my friends had undergone the same transformation. We …

Entrails, Vampires and Vixens: Make My Novel Graphic, Please!

PAGE ONE   PANEL 1. TRANSITION… overwritten tome sliced ruthlessly down to sleekly plotted 100-page graphic novel. (SFX: Sssssnik!) I may regret this, but I have committed to writing a comic book/graphic novel script in 30 days. In the past 48 hours, I have read up on formatting, time shifts, thought bubbles, …

Script Frenzy. From the NaNoWriMo Folks

In April, I will write my very first graphic novel (or screenplay; I haven’t decided). Or more precisely, I will take my second completed novel, Blue Loco, and turn it into a comic or a movie script. The challenge is to write 100 script pages, using a standard format, in …

Short Story as Psychotherapy

“She sometimes imagined that she could hear the corpuscles knock on the valves, polite as old nuns, before sweeping in with their sacred bath of life.” This is a line I wrote for my short story, called Breathless. It is the post-apocalyptic tale of a woman, a mechanical egg, and …