No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

NaNoWriMo --National Novel Writing Month--the month* in which participants vow to write a 50,000-word novel--and some of them do--began yesterday. The goal--if you want to reach 50,000 words and win NaNoWriMo (which from this point on will be called NaNo), you need to write an average of 1667 words a day. I've registered for NaNo--there's a … Continue reading No, No, NaNo or, Just Do It

Emily Dickinson: “A Light Exists in Spring” and Some Words About the Poet

A light exists in spring Not present on the year At any other period. When March is scarcely here A color stands abroad On solitary hills That science cannot overtake, But human nature feels. It waits upon the lawn; It shows the furthest tree Upon the furthest slope we know; It almost speaks to me. … Continue reading Emily Dickinson: “A Light Exists in Spring” and Some Words About the Poet

Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Thomas, George Will, & Me: Great Minds Think Alike; or, Kurt Vonnegut, Go Fly a Kite

   Abraham Lincoln “With educated people, I suppose, punctuation is a matter of rule; with me it is a matter of feeling. But I must say I have a great respect for the semi-colon; it's a useful little chap.” ― Abraham Lincoln Lewis Thomas “Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln, Lewis Thomas, George Will, & Me: Great Minds Think Alike; or, Kurt Vonnegut, Go Fly a Kite

My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

In the previous post, I announced my intention to get up, go to BookPeople, write for an hour on a project of not-email and not-post (because Ramona DeFelice Long told me to), and get off the laptop by 7:00 p.m. Here's how the day went. At 8:00 a.m., I discovered Ernest experiencing grave digestive problems … Continue reading My Writing Writing Writing Day: Yeah, Right

September SinC-Up: Lynna Williams’ Gift of Voice

On my way home from work one night in the '90s, I heard actress Judith Ivey on Selected Shorts, reading "Personal Testimony," a short story by Lynna Williams. The narrator is eleven-year-old Ellen Whitmore, a preacher's daughter from Fort Worth, who is at Southern Baptist summer camp in Oklahoma. At evening services, when campers are … Continue reading September SinC-Up: Lynna Williams’ Gift of Voice

Wailing and Gnashing and Girdles and Teeth

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” ~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are There was wailing and gnashing of teeth today at Writers Who Write. Now, it's too early for a digression, but I shall digress. Writing … Continue reading Wailing and Gnashing and Girdles and Teeth

Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

In the previous episode, Kaye George, author of the Immy Duckworthy, PI mystery series, had just suggested members of Austin Mystery Writers publish an anthology of short stories. Her proposal sent me into paroxysms of insecurity and doubt: could I write two stories of acceptable quality in the time allotted? Or would I embarrass myself … Continue reading Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

#ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

NaNoWriMo / ROW80 update: I've been working on Molly but haven't been averaging the 1667 words per day required to reach the target by the end of November. According to the NaNo stats page, at my current rate, I'll reach 50,000 words on September 28, 2015. But there is hope—if I write 2,753 words each … Continue reading #ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

Cow Swapping

Ever have one of those days when you have a zillion things to do, but you can't get them done? Because you start one thing, but then you think you should be doing another thing, so you start that, but you remember you need to do something else? So you stop starting anything at all? … Continue reading Cow Swapping

#ROW80 10/3 Goals

Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 Days begins today with a statement of goals. Here are mine: Write 1000 words a day (excluding blog posts and HotShots!) Keep a daily record of activities related to writing Don't volunteer for or join anything else Those are the official goals. If I were listing … Continue reading #ROW80 10/3 Goals

Day 29: W. F. Ward, Confectioner, 1958

  Out on the porch it’s August, But it’s cool inside and dim, one bulb suspending from a cord. A slim brunette holding a bottle of Royal Crown Cola Smiles down from above the mirror. In the back, where it’s dark and you’ve never been, Sit two small, dusty tables and four delicate chairs. Once, … Continue reading Day 29: W. F. Ward, Confectioner, 1958

Day 17: Perpetual writing

I never quite know when I'm not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, "Damnit, Thurber, stop writing." She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph. Or my daughter will look up from the dinner table and ask, "Is he sick?" "No," my wife says, "he's writing … Continue reading Day 17: Perpetual writing