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Happy Halloween

Hope you all enjoy this day of spooks and frights. Honestly, it's one of my favorite holidays if only because of the costumes, classic old-fashioned horror films, and the general ambiance of the day.

Of course, for some Protestants, they ignore Halloween and focus on Reformation Day for today is the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Door. In Catholic communities, it is All Saints' Eve

Whatever the day; whatever the reason you celebrate, I hope you have an enjoyable day.

For the writers ... tomorrow begins NaNoWriMo. I'm looking forward to this month, and I hope you are as well.

Wednesday Wake-up - Skull Door

In honor of Halloween this week:

Last Week Before NaNoWriMo

For the past few years, November has turned into the National Novel Writing Month - a time where aspiring writers and old-timers can dedicate to write that novel they've wanted to write.

I'll participate in it this year, as I have the past few years. If you want to participate as well, I suggest finding a partner to help keep you motivated.

To join the National Novel Writing Month's website visit here.
If you're looking for a writer's program, I suggest the free download, yWriter. It's what I use to write my initial drafts, and have found it very helpful for organizing as well as quick edits later on.

Want to be a Writer - Families

Back to you Want to be a Writer series after a fairly long hiatus. Today, I'm focusing on families as a part of the story. Now, I'm not focusing on writing families into stories, but more of a general over-arching concept of family structure within the story. Check this topic also under world-building as well.

For most Americans, indeed most of the world, family consists of dad, mom, child(ren). It is what is often referred to as the nuclear family. For family-friendly items, the age of the children is usually limited to the under 12 crowd.

In times past, family remained the nuclear family, but also included larger elements as well such as the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We see this when families focus on a common ancestor whether as a matriarchal or patriarchal civilizations. Most often, this is limited two or three generations back, and would include a common great-grandparent.

For others, family is something you choose, not inherit. For some, family is the grou…

Wednesday Wake-up - Blue Door and Bike

Remember: character, setting and one or two sentences about plot.

Thus ends the season

My fair season ended on Saturday without a fair. Strong winds blew in from the West, leaving the only option for the Saturday Artisan Market leaders to cancel the last fair. Oh well, personally, I didn't want to attempt putting up a tent in 15+ miles per hour winds.

Not fun.

This lovely photo is from Appleumpkin this year, where I had the help of both my mom and sister, as you can see. In case you're wondering, they're discussing a book, but I can't remember if it's one of mine, or the one Mom brought with her.

Shifting from primarily weaving to primarily writing offers some different troubles, but in both cases, it takes time. Sometimes, a project forces you to take time. For example, Azure Depths (the third book in the four-part series) spends most of the story in Deep Waters, but I discovered last week that I needed to consider how they built the city.

I cannot use futuristic ideas about building this city since some of the elements may or may not be conducive f…

Wake-up Wednesday - Steepled Green

Remember: character, setting and two sentences about the story.

Wednesday Wake-up - Copper and Blue

A Reflection

Tomorrow happens to be my birthday, so I'm taking this time to reflect on the past year, and things I've learned. Most of the time, these articles come around New Year, but with my birthday, changes in the weather, and the general turning of the season, early October has always been the better time. It happens to be one of my favorite times as well because cooler weather demands my favorite things: sweaters, tea and coffee.

It's been a year of ups and downs: two more books published, but also the stress of being a published author. I didn't know what I was getting into, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I'm still finding my feet in this matter, and more often than not feel completely overwhelmed. I'm thankful for the support from my family, as well as the support from friends both ones I've met and ones I haven't met. It's one of the joys about being able to access the Internet, write a blog, and connect with people. I've learned what …

First of the Month Review - Art Inc.

Today, I'm focusing on the business of art with a book I recently purchased called Art Inc. by Lisa Congdon.

The short version of the review is good. If you're interested in turning your art hobby into a business, this is a good resource to borrow or purchase.

All in all, I found it useful in that it provides several elements true to all artists: building websites and blogs, developing social media, and how to market yourself to companies and individuals. The major drawback, I found, is its focus on two-dimensional arts such as drawing, painting and illustration. This makes sense since Congdon is an illustrator and painter. Yet, despite this drawback, even for three dimensional artists the book has some very good points.

One of the aspects I found helpful was her chapter on Exhibitions and Galleries (chapter 5). I have wanted to show my work in galleries, but hadn't found a good way to present the subject. Part of the reason has to do with how I perceive other people's…

Lost Treasures

I had a conversation with a friend once about how she tried to make her grandchild finish a story he wrote as a child. Doing her grandmotherly duty, she had read the stories, but surprisingly had found herself interested in the stories themselves ... then he stopped writing.

Others I've talked with were either writers who didn't finish stories or parents of writers who didn't finish stories. In both cases, they were frustrated at the lack of perseverance to finish stories. In all cases, I assured the individuals that it wasn't a problem, but actually an asset - the unfinished stories were, in fact, lost treasures waiting to be mined.

I've been writing stories since I was ten or twelve. I have notebooks filled with stories, and journals with snippets of scenes and characters. I've written before about the importance of keeping journals (here), One of the best reasons is simply returning to find the lost treasures. I've had old snippets that I rediscovered us…

Wednesday Wake-up

Today begins a new series intended as a jump start to story ideas. Doors, gates, portals whatever you call them lead into new places, and what is behind the door can turn into a story. The door image will be posted here, on Twitter and on Facebook. Write down your idea, and limit it to the main character, genre, setting and a two sentence description of the plot.

Remember, the door is an inspiration. Create new worlds, visit your downtown, or travel back in time. The image is to inspire so I won't add any of the information about the picture.

Have fun.