NaNoWriMo Tip: Stay Inspired with Cover Art

November 9, 2012

Whenever I start a new writing project, I like to make a mock-up of the cover art. There are a few reasons for this: 1) because it’s fun, 2) because it helps me visualize the story, and 3) because it allows me to live in the delusion that it could become a reality some day. Of course, just because you’re a writer doesn’t mean you have any drawing ability whatsoever, which is why I love Photoshop so much.


Make Every Month Novel Writing Month

April 20, 2012

I have been on such a writing streak for the last week that I’m honestly afraid of what happens when it ends. I haven’t been this productive since college – when I was sitting through lectures on literature and secretly writing scenes for my YA book instead of taking notes. Class was great for my productivity, largely because for some reason unknown to me, I get my best inspiration when I’m supposed to be doing something else, like listening. (I wrote a ton of fan fiction during high school. Literally, during it.)


Twenty-three Years and Counting

So yesterday was my birthday, and I spent it in bed – recovering from a stomach virus.  I still feel weak and…I’m trying to think of a better word than ‘icky’.  I have tickets to see Spring Awakening tonight, so I’m trying to conserve my energy, but even just taking a shower was hard.  Even typing a sentence is hard, as it requires my brain and my fingers to work…

November 21, 2008

The Fine Art of Procrastination

So I celebrated the halfway point of NaNoWriMo by doing absolutely no writing at all.  Not even a blog post, ruining my two week streak and seriously putting a crimp in my numbers.  Oh well.  It was Saturday, and a nice one at that.  Today was fairly unproductive on the writing front as well – evidence of why November is a terrible month for me to try and write 50,000…

November 16, 2008

My Birthday is One Week From Today

Well, the good news is that I’ve come up with a great framework for my memoir – looking at my life as a giant failed romantic comedy.  The bad news is that I’m starting to depress myself.  The hardest part now will be trying to see the ‘comedy’ in situations that I tend to over-dramatize.  On the plus side, the quotes I’m using to head up each section are helping…

November 13, 2008

Bathing the Dog is not a Euphemism

Thanks for having me over, Ben, it was a lot of fun.  My puppy post over at Who’s Your Dachshund has made me realize that I haven’t written nearly enough about my boy Pilot.  Pilot is possibly the ultimate Pavlovian dog – after the incident yesterday morning, I realized he needed a bath.  Badly.  Enough so that when I went home for lunch and to let him out, I decided to…

November 10, 2008

Tabula Immunda

One of the main reasons I worship at the altar of Joss Whedon, aside from the quality of his writing itself, is that he knows how to deliver not necessarily what the audience wants, but what it needs.  He’s killed off many beloved characters – an unexpected character demise has come to be known as ‘getting Jossed’ – but the deaths were meaningful and had significant impacts on the story.  Heroes continues to fail at this….

November 7, 2008

Gone Phishing (Yes We Can Edition)

For the first time in eight years, I’m really proud to be an American.  I swear, when Barack Obama speaks, I get goosebumps. My friends and I celebrated by claiming our free Krispy Kreme star-shaped donuts – after we had our free tall Starbucks coffee, and free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.  Damn it feels good to be a voter. In lieu of actual content, but because I’d hate to…

November 4, 2008

Confessions of a Fag Hag

Um, wow, if I’d known I was going to have 1000+ visitors from Whedonesque yesterday, I would have dressed for the occasion.  Thank you to whoever linked me, it absolutely made my day.  Unfortunately the sudden increase in traffic detoured me from NaNoWriMo – I’m something of a review whore, so instead of digging through middle school memories, I kept refreshing the page to watch my blog stats rise.  I…

November 2, 2008

It's a Brand New Day

  Anyone who’s anyone in Los Angeles spent Halloween in a dinky movie theater on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, watching the charity screening of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog and The Guild.  The line ran all the way down the block and around the corner – fortunately Vlada, Irina, and I were there on the early side.  Unfortunately, Whedonopolis, the group that puts on Whedon-related events, is not known for…

November 1, 2008