Just as Gwyneth Paltrow revolutionized divorce by coining the term “conscious uncoupling,” America’s newly inaugurated president is revolutionizing lies by dubbing them “alternative facts.” Whatever your political views, you have to admit that this is kind of brilliant. “Yes, I know that there is video footage of me devouring an entire cake, but the alternative … Continue reading Alternative Facts
I have a love-hate relationship with happy endings. I love the sense of closure a satisfying happy resolution brings to a work of fiction, but sometimes the simplicity with which the problems fall away leaves me feeling empty. To me, the best kind of ending is one that marks the completion of a beautiful, messy … Continue reading No More Happy Endings?
This is going to be a weird and different post. 2016 has been a weird and different year. If you’re here for project updates: First, thank you for taking an interest in my life! This blog would be much less fun to write without your responses! Second, please feel free to bypass the dark hole … Continue reading January Project Updates: New Year Edition
I’ve always struggled a bit with setting realistic goals. I’m an “everything, and the kitchen sink!” type dreamer. However, I’m realizing that in order to get things done, I need to scale back my ambitions and focus on the essentials. Writing a novel is a massive project, and through this process I’m accountable only to … Continue reading Goal Setting: Shoot for the Moon?
Monthly Project Updates are a series I began to hold myself accountable for finishing the many projects I start, and to document the ups and downs I encounter along the way. I hope it also makes for an entertaining or thought-provoking read! My goal is to someday have a group of bloggers sharing monthly updates … Continue reading December Project Updates
I’m not good at finishing things. I get distracted, or bored, or lose focus when something new and shiny comes along. I’m not proud of this, but it’s true. When I dig in and try to analyze this pattern, I suspect that I have a tendency to run from problems. When things get difficult, … Continue reading Commitment Blues
I was deep into writing one of the central subplots of my novel, when suddenly the whole thing fell apart. You see, I had presented my character with an obstacle, but the moment she came up against it she came up with a brilliant solution. Problem solved. Unfortunately, my character’s stroke of brilliance presented … Continue reading When Your Characters Outsmart You
I've been struggling to write recently. My novel has been limping forward as the doubts about what it will become loom larger and larger in my mind. I've always been very self-conscious about my writing. Back when I was growing up, I used to save my stories on floppy disks (remember floppy disks?) which I … Continue reading The Way Out Is Through
Monthly Project Updates are a series I began when starting my blog. It’s mostly a way for me to hold myself accountable for finishing the many things I start, but I hope it also makes for an entertaining or thought-provoking read! My ultimate goal would be to have a group of bloggers share comments or … Continue reading November Project Updates: Singapore Edition!
Monthly Project Updates are a series I began when starting my blog. It’s mostly a way for me to hold myself accountable for finishing the many things I start, but I hope it also makes for an entertaining read! My ultimate goal would be to have a group of bloggers share comments or link to … Continue reading Belated October Project Updates!