Lessons from NaNoWriMo 2018

50,000 words in one month… This is the challenge of NaNoWriMo. This was my first year trying it, and I won! It feels like an accomplishment. As many will tell you, NaNoWriMo’s place at the start of the holiday season can make it challenging to complete those 50,000 words (1,667 words a day average). What […]

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Radio Silence for NaNoWriMo

I’ve had so much fun talking about what makes protagonists NOT work for me for the past few weeks. I just had to use my last blog post of October to complete my musings on protagonists, so I’m taking this first blog post of November to say that I’m taking the rest of November off. […]

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The Art of Being Wrong

In an interview at the end of the Stardust audiobook, the questioner asks Neil Gaiman, “Do people come up to you at, say, readings or public events and suggest to you that they’ve found mistakes or incongruities in your books?” Neil Gaiman: “Oh yeah, and 80% of the time, 90% of the time, they’re not […]

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Tolkien Blog Party 2018!

This year, to top off my celebration of Tolkien Week, I’m participating in Hamlette’s Tolkien Blog Party! (Many thanks to her for organizing!) 1. What’s your favorite Middle-earth story/book? It may be cliché, but since Lord of the Rings is one of my top three books of all time, it’s that one. I count LOTR […]

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