Here are recent posts on our respective blogs, Anthrotopia & Wander-Bird:
Sometimes, when weeks aren’t like this last one where I was so busy with multiple, sometimes pressing tasks, that fiction was farthest from my mind, I practice just letting what wants to be written get written. Sometimes those things shadow me all day (I can hear the whine: “When’re ya gonna sit down somewhere and write ...more
- At the end of November, when the residual effects of the move and settling in seemed to taper off, I sat back down with my trusty computer and started to write again.
Over the last few years, fiction writing has seemed to be a more and more viable option for writers to make a living - ...more
- A running list of methods to discover or develop characters in stories, compiled from my experience and that of my fellow-writers all over the place:
Ask questions of your character, directly - and get a direct answer! (Want to know who's great at this? Visit Kirsten's blog - she talks to her characters and her Muse ...more
- When summer’s heat lessened, I uncovered a garden bed that had been hibernating for who-knows-how-many years under black plastic. The soil was dry and dead but I knew that our brief window of cooler growing days was approaching so I added short-term answer, bagged gardening soil, and a hope for the best.
I do much better as ...more
May 2014 end well for you and 2015, fed with gratitude and attention, flourish.
All living growth is emergent, arising from a previous state as though it were the most natural thing in the world, which it is -- though of course the new state of being is only one option among many.
In recognition that each moment ...more
- Last week I started the first in a new group of stories. I’m liking how small projects both seem (and are proving to be) attainable goals as I’m finishing up my first short story anthology. Shifted Visions, will be released in 2015 but I’m already under way with the beginnings of another collection as well.
- In my continued efforts to educate myself, I recently purchased a bundle of books offering help for writers. I’m exploring established writers’ methods for telling stories and making a career out of it and the bundled set seemed like a pretty decent deal.
I was surprised, though, at the common theme I found in no less ...more
- Sometimes I think I want to do the impossible here on Wander-Bird: try to tie in all my disparate interests and reveal the common thread that I follow intuitively.
For example, I write stories and I’m a plant geek and apprentice permaculture designer. It seems it would be hard to write a post that would tie ...more
- December 2015 Update: Here’s a post that is relevant, again. It’ll keep being relevant every time I step over a threshold and start over (again) on something. May beginnings go easily for you, as well.
I have this thing with beginnings, you see. Maybe you have it too.
It’s a kind of fear. It manifests as hesitation ...more
- I’ve been lingering around the walkway of this blog-house for a few weeks now, unable to push open the door and walk in. I feel like I abandoned my homey online space… a legitimate feeling I guess, because I kind of did. It wasn’t totally intentional. It just happened that the past months held lot ...more