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Nanowrimo update

You know what I hate the most about nanowrimo (national novel writing month)? The fact that I could write 15K words, have 8 chapters on a new novel that is looking pretty decent to me, and somehow, this is considered a fail. OK, I do understand the concept of setting this high bar so you […]

Deadlines and Schedules

I’m pleased that I’ve made all the weekly updates so far with Polu Texni. Some of the things I thought I’d run have been delayed, but I’ve always found something to take their place, for a smooth schedule so far. I’ve got the next few weeks queued up and ready to go, so I should […]

Black Ribbon on Podcastle

The audio reading of my story Black Ribbon is now up on Podcastle. It gave me goose bumps to hear it. I love the reader’s voice. I wrote this about 18 years ago, and I was happy that I still liked the story when I heard it. It’s, um, taking a beating in the comments […]


It’s been a very long time since I updated. I’ve been busy and I’ve had lots of projects to put up. But I have to break my silence to share some good news.

The editor of podcastle contacted me to record my story “Black Ribbon” for an edition of their podcast this summer. The best […]

Not Too Short Again…

I’ve been writing happily on a second novel while I am trying to sell the first one. It’s going pretty well. However, I just looked down at my outline (18 proposed chapters) and realized that I am a third of the way through it. It’s about 12K words. So that means… an estimated 36K words […]

Online writing group

I just discovered an online writing/critiquing group that I like very much. It is called Critique Circle ( It rewards critiquing much faster than Critters so you can upload more stories faster. It also encourages long-term relationships with other members by reminding you to pay back people who have been helpful to you. When someone […]

Draft Cover


I dunno, this is just what I wanted, but now that I see it I’m afraid that it looks like every other teen novel on the planet. Any comments?

POD update

I spent the weekend doing the Ghost Lover layout in preparation for putting it up on Lulu. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any layout, and I had two or three false starts where I screwed things up to the point that I had to delete it and start over. Still, I think […]

critique groups

I feel a little down since I don’t have any queries out, but I want to get some feedback before I send any more out. I was going to join after hearing a lot about it on the blogosphere. It looks like it is more of a news sharing site than a critique group […]


I’ve been a little distracted by other things so haven’t posted anything yet this week. The agent said no to Eldest Daughter, which is a disappointment. I think I want to get some feedback before I go on to the next batch of agents. It’s certainly not an unheard of number of rejections, but it […]