Monthly Archives: October 2010

It’s Official

I’m a NaNoWriMo Rebel.

I started working on a story this afternoon. I’m going to keep going with it and whatever word count I get during NaNo will be my wordcount. I’ve won twice, I’ve proven I can do it. After a bit of time off, I just want to be involved again and tap into the energy and enthusiasm that group produces.

If for some reason I finish the story (not likely, but with two weeks to go before it starts, who knows) then I’ll get back to my unfinished shorts and work on those. In the end, if by some fluke I manage to make 50k, you can bet your ass I’m downloading that certificate!

So there we go. Now I have an excuse to make NaNoWriMo icons and things and go on the forums. 😛

This is a test, right?

I think I threw away a piece of writing and cannot get it back.

This is going to be a lesson for myself and anyone else who reads this. DO NOT throw away any of your writing. Just don’t do it. It will come back and bite you in the ass.

In today’s world of terabyte hard drives, there is no reason to ever delete a piece of writing. From now on, that is my mantra. Even if it’s on paper, that’s what they make file cabinets for, right?

See, this little thing I wrote, it sucked. Badly. So badly that I thought I would never ever use it and so I trashed it, emptied the trash can, and hoped I’d never hear from it again.

Now, months later, I realized that it is a missing piece in the puzzle of the story I’m going to start writing. now it is gone forever.

Yes, I remember what happened, in general, so the idea is still there. Yes, in rewriting it, it will inevitably come out better than it did the first time, now that I know what it’s going to be used for.

I’m just frustrated as it’s really background material and I don’t want to take the time to write it over again. I have a very difficult time writing something twice. It just doesn’t want to come back out of my brain a second time.

So now I have this naggling little itch at the back of my brain. There is a slim, slim chance that it’s somewhere lost on my hard drive or on some bit of paper somewhere in my files (I can’t clearly remember anymore if it was typed or hand-written), but I have to let it go.

So, I release you, bit of writing! I let you go, may you come back to me again sometime soon. I will be here, building on your foundation while I await your return.

Some dark reading…

Hello, my dears!

I wanted to let you all know that my story “Black as Hell” has been published by Dark Valentine Magazine. You can read it here. Take note of the beautiful artwork by Pamela Jaworska. It’s perfect!

I highly encourage you to go read the rest of the stories being posted this month as part of their Fall Fiction Frenzy. Some great stuff by some talented writers.

I also want to encourage any other writers out there to come on over to Luna Station Quarterly’s October Writing Challenge. All are welcome to join in (yes, the boys can come, too!) and it’s never too late to start! Details are available here.