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Get Set…

October 31, 2009 Leave a comment

Oh, man, it starts tomorrow already. NaNoWriMo! I can imagine some of you setting your clock to 11:55 tonight so you can start writing as soon as the starter pistol goes off at midnight. That’s how I did it.

Do you know what you are going to write? Or are you taking the blind plunge into a new world? Either way, it’s a heady experience.

I just saw a great article recently about plotting by the seat of your pants. Worth checking out. And here’s another one about scheduling yourself during NaNoWriMo.

It makes me wonder…The Boy will have me up late at night regularly. What’s to prevent me from a half hour of writing every night after getting him back to sleep? Hmmm…

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On Your Mark…

October 30, 2009 2 comments

Sunday begins NaNoWriMo. I’m with you all in spirit. If you read this blog and are participating this year, by all means please comment below & let me know you’re out there.

A friend commented recently saying she likes the idea but can’t imagine having the time to do it, what with all that is on her plate. Not to sound hypocritical, but why not? 50K words breaks down to 1667 words per day for 30 days. If you write without regard to the actual quality of the story or plot, then a moderate typist can crank that out in about an hour, which can be broken up into chunks through the day. Think of it as a longer version of free writing. Give it some consideration! Remember, the book written by Chris Baty–who started NaNoWriMo–is called No Plot? No Problem! That gives us complete freedom to write anything that even somewhat resembles a story, no matter how disjointed and unreadable it is.

Just talking about it gives me the bug…

Categories: NaNoWriMo

Will you NoWri this November?

October 23, 2009 3 comments

We are fast approaching the most exciting month of the year. November! Now, some (here in the US, at any rate) get excited because they are looking forward to their next supersaturation of L-tryptophan, but not this humble wordsmith. No, November 1st at 12 o’clock a.m. begins the hallowed National Novel Writing Month. nano_09_blk_support_100x100_2

NaNoWriMo — as it is known to those who love it — is the wonderful month-long foray into sleep deprivation and overclocking of the plot crank, yes, that caffeine-driven deluge of words on page without rhyme, reason, or regard to personal safety. If you’ve done it right, on November 30th at 11:59:59 p.m. you will have several things: 1) 50,000 words of a previously unrealized novel, 2) friends and family who complain they don’t see you enough, 3) a mean coffee monkey, and 4) serious bragging rights. What you will also have is an obligation to finish what you so hastily started: a novel!

Alas, I will not be participating in NaNoWriMo this year (heavy sigh). There is quite enough to do in the Wade household with The Boy now starting his third month of benevolent dictatorship. But I did want to weigh in with my full support to anyone who is curious about it or is planning to give it a go. Do it! It will be worth it. Go to the NaNoWriMo website and sign up. Just having access to the forums is worth the price of admission. Well, it’s free to sign up, but…you know what I mean.

There are also many bloggers out there who are posting NaNoWriMo content this month and the next, posts about how they are doing it and giving excellent tips on how to make it through this next great month of November. I’ll have another post, soon I hope, with links to some of those. In the meantime, all of you my faithful and teeming trove of readers are welcome to post comments here about their NaNoWriMo experiences and tips as well.

TTFN and keep cranking!

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The state of it…

October 16, 2009 2 comments

Who was it that said the difference between a writer and a non-writer is that the non-writer has a lot of ideas for books, but that the writer actually gets them down on paper? That’s kinda what’s going on right now in my house. The Boy is sopping up all our attention and thought processes, and I have barely gotten any words down. Oh, there are still plenty of ideas in the old noggin! But they are biding their time until they can be written down.

With that being said, I am seriously thinking about using a digital recorder when I drive to work. I’ve hemmed and hawed about it in the past, but now may be the time. If anyone has any ideas about how to make it work, I’d appreciate your $.02 because I feel like unless I know what I have to say, it won’t come out. I’ve done some recording of notes, but not actual storytelling. Would it make sense to start my recording session with some purpose in mind? Maybe if I could just work out a story outline beforehand, then I can get in the car, fire up the recorder, and just record one scene, for instance. Is that how people use their recorder? I may have to put that question out on some writing forums and see what others do.

Also, I am trying to get some freelance gigs. I’ve subscribed to some blogs that post a digest of job boards. I would love to make some money doing what I love the most.

How are you doing? My crank is a little rusty. How have you been able to keep your writing going?

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The SF Reviewers List

October 16, 2009 Leave a comment

This is so cool. I’ve added my blog to a list of SF reviewers hosted by John Ottinger of Grasping for the Wind. It’s already gained me some hits. Welcome to anyone who visits here due to the list. Since the host of the list actively encourages cross-posting said list, I’ve included it below. Now, just a word of caution: this is just a list. It’s up to you to decide if you want to click the link that takes you to a site you don’t want to go. There may be some blogs here I would not care to visit, just to judge by the names of them. Caveat reader!

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7 Foot Shelves

The Accidental Bard

A Boy Goes on a Journey

A Dribble Of Ink

Adventures in Reading

A Fantasy Reader

The Agony Column

A Hoyden’s Look at Literature

A Journey of Books

All Booked Up

Alexia’s Books and Such…

The Alternative

Andromeda Spaceways

The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Ask Daphne

ask nicola

Audiobook DJ

aurealisXpress

Australia Specfic In Focus

Author 2 Author

AzureScape

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Barbara Martin

Babbling about Books

Bees (and Books) on the Knob

Best SF

Bewildering Stories

Bibliophile Stalker

Bibliosnark

Big Dumb Object

BillWardWriter.com

The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf

Bitten by Books

The Black Library Blog

Blog, Jvstin Style

Blood of the Muse

Book Addict

The Book Bind

Bookgeeks

Book Love Affair

Bookrastination

Booksies Blog

Bookslut

The Book Smugglers

Bookspotcentral

The Book Swede

Book View Cafe [Authors Group Blog]

Brain Harvest

Breeni Books

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Calico Reaction

Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]

Charlotte’s Library

Circlet 2.0

Civilian Reader

Cheryl’s Musings

Club Jade

Cranking Plot

Critical Mass

The Crotchety Old Fan

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Daily Dose – Fantasy and Romance

Damien G. Walter

Danger Gal

It’s Dark in the Dark

Dark Parables

Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews

Darque Reviews

Dave Brendon’s Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog

Dazed Rambling

Dead Book Darling

Dear Author

The Deckled Edge

The Discriminating Fangirl

The Doctor is In…

Dragons, Heroes and Wizards

Drey’s Library

Drying Ink

Dusk Before the Dawn

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Enter the Octopus

Erotic Horizon

Errant Dreams Reviews

Eve’s Alexandria

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Falcata Times

Fan News Denmark [in English]

Fantastic Reviews

Fantastic Reviews Blog

Fantasy Book Banner

Fantasy Book Critic

Fantasy Book News

Fantasy Book Reviews and News

Fantasy By the Tale

Fantasy Cafe

Fantasy Debut

Fantasy Dreamer’s Ramblings

Fantasy Literature.com

Fantasy Magazine

Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin’ News and Reviews

Feminist SF – The Blog!

Feybound

Fiction is so Overrated

The Fix

The Foghorn Review

Follow that Raven

Forbidden Planet

Frances Writes

Free SF Reader

From a Sci-Fi Standpoint

From the Heart of Europe

Fruitless Recursion

Fundamentally Alien

The Future Fire

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The Galaxy Express

Galleycat

Game Couch

The Gamer Rat

Garbled Signals

The Geeky Bookworm

Genre Reviews

Genreville

Got Schephs

Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review

Grasping for the Wind

The Great Gnome Press Science Fiction Odyssey

a GREAT read

The Green Man Review

Gripping Books

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Hasenpfeffer

Hero Complex

Highlander’s Book Reviews

Horrorscope

Hot Cup of Coffee

The Hub Magazine

Hypatia’s Hoard of Reviews

Hyperpat’s Hyper Day

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I Hope I Didn’t Just Give Away The Ending

Ink and Keys

Ink and Paper

The Internet Review of Science Fiction

io9

It is the Business of the Future to Be Dangerous

J


Janicu’s Book Blog

Jenn’s Bookshelf

Jumpdrives and Cantrips

K


Kat Bryan’s Corner

Keeping the Door

King of the Nerds

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La Bloga

Lair of the Undead Rat

Largehearted Boy

Layers of Thought

League of Reluctant Adults

The Lensman’s Children

Library Dad

Libri Touches

Literary Escapism

Literaturely Speaking

ludis inventio

The Luminous Page

Lundblog: Beautiful Letters

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Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf and Book Review

Mari’s Midnight Garden

Mark Freeman’s Journal

Mark Lord’s Writing Blog

Marooned: Science Fiction Books on Mars

Martin’s Booklog

MentatJack

Michele Lee’s Book Love

Missions Unknown [Author and Artist Blog Devoted to SF/F/H in San Antonio]

The Mistress of Ancient Revelry

MIT Science Fiction Society

Monster Librarian

More Words, Deeper Hole

Mostly Harmless Books

Multi-Genre Fan

Musings from the Weirdside

MyBlog2.0

My Favourite Books

My Overstuffed Bookshelf

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Neth Space

The New Book Review

NextRead

Not Free SF Reader

Nuketown

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OCD, Vampires, and Rants, o my!

OF Blog of the Fallen

The Old Bat’s Belfry

ommadawn.dk

Omphalos Book Reviews

Only The Best SciFi/Fantasy

Ooh…Books!

The Ostentatious Ogre

Outside of a Dog

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Paper Spaceships

Paranormality

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist

Patricia’s Vampire Notes

The Persistence of Vision

Piaw’s Blog

Pink Raygun

Pizza’s Book Discussion

Poisoned Rationality

Popin’s Lair

pornokitsch

Post-Weird Thoughts

Publisher’s Weekly

Punkadiddle

Pussreboots: A Book Review a Day

Q


R


Ramblings of a Raconteur

Random Acts of Mediocrity

Ray Gun Revival

Realms & Galaxies: Celebrating SFF

Realms of Speculative Fiction

Reading the Leaves

Rememorandum

Review From Here

Reviewer X

Revolution SF

Rhiannon Hart

The Road Not Taken

Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff

Robots and Vamps

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Sacramento Book Review

Sandstorm Reviews

Satisfying the Need to Read

Science Fiction and Fantasy Ethics

Science Fiction Times

ScifiChick

Sci-Fi Blog

SciFiGuy

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

The Sci-Fi Gene

Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]

SciFi Squad

Scifi UK Reviews

Sci Fi Wire

Self-Publishing Review

The Sequential Rat

Severian’s Fantastic Worlds

SF Diplomat

SFFaudio

SFFMedia

SF Gospel

SFReader.com

SF Reviews.net

SF Revu

SF Safari

SFScope

SF Signal

SF Site

SFF World’s Book Reviews

Silver Reviews

Simply Vamptastic

Slice of SciFi

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

Solar Flare

Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction Junkie

Speculative Horizons

The Specusphere

Spinebreakers

Spiral Galaxy Reviews

Spontaneous Derivation

Sporadic Book Reviews

Stainless Steel Droppings

Starting Fresh

Stella Matutina

Stomping on Yeti

Stuff as Dreams are Made on…

The Sudden Curve

The Sword Review

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Tangent Online

Tehani Wessely

Temple Library Reviews

Tez Says

things mean a lot

Tor.com [also a publisher]

True Science Fiction

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Ubiquitous Absence

Un:Bound

undeadbydawn

Urban Fantasy Land

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Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic

Variety SF

Veritas Omnia Vincula

Vons Books

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Walker of Worlds

Wands and Worlds

Wanderings

Wendy Palmer: Reading and Writing Genre Books and ebooks

The Weirdside

The Wertzone

With Intent to Commit Horror

The Wizard of Duke Street

WJ Fantasy Reviews

The Word Nest

Wordsville

The World in a Satin Bag

WriteBlack

The Written World

The Wry Writer

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Y


Young Adult Science Fiction

Z


Romanian


Cititor SF [with English Translation]

French


Elbakin.net

Mythologica

Chinese


Foundation of Krantas

The SF Commonwealth Office in Taiwan [with some English essays]

Yenchin’s Lair

Danish


Interstellar

Ommadawn.dk

Scifisiden

Portuguese


Aguarras

Fernando Trevisan

Human 2.0

Life and Times of a Talkative Bookworm

Ponto De Convergencia

pós-estranho

Skavis

German


Fantasy Seiten

Fantasy Buch

Fantasy/SciFi Blog

Literaturschock

Welt der fantasy

Bibliotheka Phantastika

SF Basar

Phantastick News

X-zine

Buchwum

Phantastick Couch

Wetterspitze

Fantasy News

Fantasy Faszination

Fantasy Guide

Zwergen Reich

Fiction Fantasy

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