I am not lost…

May 22, 2017

The Trouble With Submissions

So I know I’ve touched on submissions before, and how one gets ideas for them. It’s easy to surf around and say “oh hey, here are nine thousand places looking for stories that sound interesting; LET’S GO!” but it’s less easy to actually write them.

Now here’s my usual problem.




February 13, 2017

Valentine’s Day (Because Why Not)

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As a writer, Valentine’s Day can be great fun. I have so many interesting characters who can do all manner of fun and interesting things for the holiday–or, in the case of Karantiri, I can make up an equivalent holiday that they can then celebrate. (Or more than one–one for the humans and one for the elves!) But personally, I don’t have much use for the holiday. Maybe that’s because I’m bitter and single (possible) but I’m certainly not nearly as antagonistic toward the holiday as I used to be. (I used to dress entirely in black, and fully shoot for the Goth look. No joke. I should find a picture.)

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Yeah. Like this. Feel the blackness in my soul. Well done, college-age Rion. (God my hair was long)

And I’m starting to think that it might be because I’m a writer, that it’s changed.


January 16, 2017

What’s Next?

I always seem to run into the same problem right about now. I’ve essentially recovered from the chaos and madness of November, had all of the holidays to rest, and now I’m ready to get back on track–not only with stuff like my eating, but also my writing. I want to have a new project, something to be excited by, something to really delve myself into.

And I have no idea what to write.

September 2, 2016

Finding a Method for My Madness

I’ve always liked the idea of a day planner, but I’ve never been very good at keeping one. Even when I was in high school and they gave you one every year to track your assignments, I did the bare minimum with it, and always wanted to do more and didn’t manage to do it. I had friends who tracked everything in their life through agendas and journals, and I was always jealous of their organized ability. And while this particular method has been floating around me for a while now, I never really looked into it. After all, journals, diaries, agendas…all of those never worked well for me.

But the bullet journal might just prove itself useful.


April 25, 2016

What’s In A Name?

Names have always been important in my writing. I say time and time again that characters come to me first, and that usually starts with a name. (This does lead to many of my characters having similar names, which is…something I’m working on.) Add into this my time dabbling in Lyn Thorne-Alder’s world of Addergoole, where names (and Names) have extremely large meanings, I’ve spent more than my fair share of time on BehindtheName.com. I love delving into meanings, and making the meanings tie back to the characters to which they are attached.

But some of my favorites were off the cuff decisions. And the name of your character is infinitely important.


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