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October 24, 2016

NANOWRIMO IS COMING: Written in Stone

Of course, that title isn’t to insinuate that once you write something during November, you can never take it back. (Gods forbid, because I can’t imagine any of my stories staying there. Ugh.) But no, this is one of the other “rules” of NaNoWriMo that I’ve found people have the hardest time doing: not editing. Not going back and reading everything before you write again. Not fine-tuning every paragraph until it’s perfect, just the way you want it. Not writing three pages and then deciding you don’t like where it’s going and just deleting it all.

It’s not allowed. Inasmuch as anything is disallowed for NaNo, that’s one of them: do not delete your words. Some people go so far as to say that if you misspell something, you shouldn’t even delete that. Rumors of people disabling their delete key altogether. (I’m not quite that severe but…) So what does that mean for preparing?

Well…sometimes you need to get yourself ready for that kind of thing. And that means having a way to battle the Editor when it comes.

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April 27, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: FIRST YOU TRY EVERYTHING by Jane McCafferty

In my on-going challenge to actually read all the books I’ve bought over my time in the MFA program I studied in, I’m trying to mix them in with all the other books I’ve gotten. FIRST YOU TRY EVERYTHING is one of the first books I got at Carlow, after hearing McCafferty speak. After 3 years on my bookshelf, it’s about time that I took it down and read the darn thing.

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