Writer. Editor. Leximaven. Game Designer. Vorpal Blonde. Bisexual Brainlicker. Midas's Touch. Schrödinger's Brat.

Normal towns don’t lure you back.

posted on: January 6, 2014
in: Blog
Doing the words in the new writing nook.

Doing the words in the new writing nook.

Hit the ground running this morning with a bunch of words on my long-abandoned novel, then eased into a thousand words on the next Numenera glimmer. Unfortunately, all of this writing doesn’t leave time for answering emails or dealing with the business side of things. And thus my to-do list tomorrow is a million miles long with things like: get passport photo taken, send bio and photo to cons, mail cookies, create agenda items for meeting, create my character’s new foci for The Strange playtest, answer all the emails, etc. How do people get things done and also accomplish the words? Someone please let me in on the secret.

Today’s Excerpt:

“You look like shit.” Gren’s voice in her head, a hive whine, a bad low buzz of things with stingers and a revenge agenda.

She shoots him a glare. Unnecessary of course. He can hear her head as well as she can hear his.

She wants to tell him to shut the fuck up. Wants to tell him that neon green isn’t a good color for a gargoyle. Wants to tell him to go crawl back into whatever brick-and-mortar ledge he came from and leave her be.

But they’re tied together, her and Gren. Bound. Not like the fun leather and ropes kind of bound. Like the mental forever until-something-do-you-part kind. The shitty kind.

Today’s Words:

1500 fiction, 1000 gaming.

Words Written This Year:

 

My 42 Writing Projects This Year: 

6. The Bone Key (novel)


5. Love and Sex in the Ninth World (gaming)


4. The Ninth World Guidebook (gaming)


3. Numenera Character Options (gaming)


2. Izaltu’s Needle (gaming) 3,500/8,000


1. Kinky Rewrite (non-fiction book) 46,000/60,000

 

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

**Today’s title courtesy of Graveminder, by Melissa Marr. I’m about a third of the way through it, and finding it compelling in its mystery.

The diamond will be there tomorrow.

posted on: January 5, 2014
in: Blog
Numenera Creature Deck: Hot off the presses!

Numenera Creature Deck: Hot off the presses!

I painted the pantry today.

Now that is a sentence I never thought I’d write, except perhaps in fiction. But as a brand-new, first-time homeowner, I am doing the kinds of things one does when being a grownup-ish person. Things like flipping Comcast off through the phone. Trying to learn how to not kill myself when taking silverware out of the dishwasher. (Or for that matter, how to spell silverware). Figuring out which noise is just the ice maker and which is the new sink leaking all over the inside of the cupboard. And painting the pantry. Now the kitchen is the color of melting chocolate and the pantry is a lovely shade of blue-green (that, I just realized, looks a bit like the colors in the Numenera Creature Deck).

Today I painted the first draft of the pantry. Tomorrow is the revision, to fill in all those tiny things I missed the first time. Everything can be a metaphor for writing if you’re willing to look at it in the right light.

In other news: I appear to have started the hashtag #buttgate on the Internet. Totally by accident. You’re welcome.

Today’s Excerpt:

Does it breathe, this eminence, or does it just seem so, its sloped sides wavering in the fog and dust? Does it live, truly, beneath the years of silence and slavery, or does it just seem so, coming alive in children’s tales told in the dark of night? 

Today’s Words:

1,500 gaming.

Words Written This Year: 6,500/420,000

My 42 Writing Projects This Year: 

4. The Ninth World Guidebook

3. Numenera Character Options

2. Izaltu’s Needle (Numenera glimmer) 3,500/8,000

1. Kinky Rewrite (non-fiction book) 46,000/60,000

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

**Today’s title courtesy of The Cormorant, a beautiful fucked-up book by Chuck Wendig. You should own it.

To return with absolute treasure!

posted on: January 4, 2014
in: Blog
A lovely gift of mini books from my fantastic publisher!

A lovely gift of mini books from my fantastic publisher!

There is much going on, and yet time stretches like taffy this early in the new year. Every day a treasure, a box not yet opened, a bit of gold that spills slowly through the palms and onto the floor. I have no idea what the year will bring, so I show up at the desk and do the words and there we are, the words and me, sitting together, wrestling really, in the low streams of afternoon light.

I am writing in 2014. And that is the best there is.

Yesterday’s Words:
1,500 non-fiction, 1,000 gaming.

Today’s Words:
1,5000 non-fiction, 1,000 gaming.

The Year of Life:
Oh my gosh. You can’t even see my 5,000 words in the larger context of what I hope to accomplish this year. But they’re there. Honest.

My 42 Writing Projects This Year: 

4. The Ninth World Guidebook 0/80,000
3. Numenera Character Options 0/20,000
2. Izaltu’s Needle (Numenera glimmer) 2,200/8,000
1. Kinky Rewrite (non-fiction book) 46,000/60,000

 

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

*Today’s title courtesy of Frank O’Hara

A nice number that you can take home and introduce to your family.

posted on: January 3, 2014
in: Blog

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This year, I will turn 42 on 4/2 in the year 2014. (And there is a rumor that I was delivered by the Easter bunny at 4:20 AM, but I can’t confirm that part — well, I WAS born on the morning of Easter Sunday, but I’m not sure about the exact time).  Every place I’ve ever lived and every phone number I’ve ever had (including my current one) has had an abundance of 4s and 2s. (The house I just moved into last month, the first house I’ve ever actually owned, oddly, doesn’t have a single 4 or 2 in its address.).

What does all of this mean? I have no idea, but I like the idea of all of these converging in what could likely be the halfway point in my life. I’ve also been mulling over 2014 — what do I want this year to be? I’ve had years of words, of wanderlust, of learning, of writing, of poetry, of books. This year? I didn’t know and I didn’t know and I still didn’t know.

But then the idea of 42 collided into other things. Hitchhiker’s Guide. Alice in Wonderland. Tony Stark. Me. Life. The Universe. Everything. The Gutenberg Bible. Juliet’s long sleep. The Hunting of the Snark. Answers. And, perhaps most importantly, questions. So this year shall be the year of 42. What exactly does that mean? I have no idea. The question, the exploration, the asking, is what matters.

I will set a goal to write 420,000 words this year. That comes out to 1400 words per day (assuming that I write 300 days this year). That’s not so many words, but I’d like them to be good words, in the end. Words that mean something.   

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many things.”

I’ll keep you posted.

Kiss kiss bang bang, s.

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