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My plans for November: reading, writing, Facebook fasting

This November is already off to a wacky start, isn't it? First we celebrated Halloween, then we "fell back," and today we've got a whole extra hour to write our NaNoWriMo novels! Well, we would have if we'd actually gotten up at the usual time, instead of sleeping in. I decided to sleep in, 'cause I'm lazy like that. What about you? A word on NaNoWriMo Updates In case you've been Continue Reading...

#NaNoWriMo prep: The Simple Art of Murder

As part of my NaNoWriMo prep, I've been reading Raymond Chandler's essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," from 1950. In it, the author condemns traditional detective stories, as he argues they can never be realistic enough nor rise to the level of great literature. He then proposes the type of detective story that can elude such problems, noting "in everything that can be called art there is a Continue Reading...

It’s almost #NaNoWriMo time – so grab my new book!

All right, who's doing NaNoWriMo with me this year? National Novel Writing Month, for those who have still miraculously never heard of it, is that special time of the year when all aspiring (and established!) novelists take to their keyboards, writing up a storm, with the goal of finishing an entire novel (50,000 words) in just one month. Naturally, I have renewed my love of all things Continue Reading...

Happy #BuyNothingDay: Enjoy your time off to rest and reflect

Every year, instead of trampling my fellow human beings in a race to be the first to grab the latest gadget nobody needs on Black Friday – just one day after we've all shared how thankful we are for all the stuff we already have – I like to celebrate Buy Nothing Day. And I encourage you to celebrate with me! Even if your holiday shopping is all done online, don't you find it a little Continue Reading...

I’ve been cheating…

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been writing my NaNoWriMo book, A Cheater's Guide to NaNoWriMo, as part of this year's NaNoWriMo challenge. And I've been publishing chapters as I go. On a new blog, so that things wouldn't get too cluttered here. So, in case you'd like to take a look at what I've got so far, check out cheatersguidetonanowrimo.wordpress.com. You can also sign up Continue Reading...