Category Archives: Am writing

Winding down, revving up

Episode 5 from my Writer’s Studio in the Woods series. I’m sitting in front of my penultimate fire at the Guild’s central room. It seems to have caught — at last! — so I can take this moment to put 2016 … Continue reading

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Character development

Episode 4 from my Writer’s Studio in the Woods series. Creating interesting characters, ones that meet all the requirements for “roundness” — they must be layered, not wholly bad or good, with goals and challenges that fit the tone of … Continue reading

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Roof avalanches and tree dumps

Episode 2 from my Writer’s Studio in the Woods series. The past few days, it’s mostly been about the snow. We glimpse the sun during the day, but then the clouds return and, with them, the snow. I’m used to city … Continue reading

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Writer’s studio in the woods, episode 1

Nearly a week has passed, and I’ve settled into a routine that, sadly, seems set to a clock 3 hours away: awake by 4 am, asleep by 8:30 pm. I sleep in one building, write in another, and eat in … Continue reading

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The second part of the journey

I’d have posted this earlier, but Amtrak’s Empire Builder doesn’t have wifi! That put a real cramp in my style, I can tell you. How did we live pre-wifi? Obviously, I survived. Much of the trip, including our path through the … Continue reading

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Off on a new adventure

Some of you may already know that I’m heading north and west (as I write this), on a train across the US, from NYC to a small town in Washington State, just east of the Cascade Mountains. The train trip will … Continue reading

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NaNo — AGAIN!

I don’t know why I’m surprised every year about how quickly November arrives. It’s a truism that time accelerates as one ages, but it’s still stunning to see it in action. I have 10 months of my sabbatical left, but … Continue reading

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