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Stuck in the Middle with You

| May 14, 2018

Last week, I talked about beginnings. Today, I’m thinking about what happens when you get stuck in the middle of the story. Sometimes, my stories grind to a halt around the middle when I’ve been writing for a while. Pinpointing the reason for this isn’t always easy, but for me, at least, I often find […]

Inspiration: Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse

| January 9, 2018

As I’ve mentioned before, Scenes from a Quiet Apocalypse came out of the 2017 Write Like You’re Alive challenge from Zoetic Press. This also wound up informing the format for the story, too. See, I normally outline using Mark Teppo’s outline structure (which I’ve talked about before), which leads to an 18 chapter outline, with […]

Outlines!

| October 2, 2017

I’ve talked previously about how I track my projects on a grand scale. (If you missed those posts, you can find them here, here, and here.) And I talked a little about keeping track of story ideas here, more recently. But when it really comes down to it, keeping my ideas organized mostly happens in […]

September 2015 recap

| October 1, 2015

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 18 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 12 Stories withdrawn: 0 Resubmissions: 13 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 19 So September was a pretty good month! I got two new stories done (witches and machine) and submitted. And I got another story […]