How Deadlines Control My Chaos

Monday, March 5, 2018

I love deadlines. Seriously, I do. Always have. I work better with them. I’m someone desperately afflicted with what I call butterfly brain — so many ideas, so many things I could be doing, that actually completing any of them has always been an issue. Right now, for instance, I’ve been putting off writing this blog post because I keep wanting to tweak my concept for the space opera WIP…


When It Comes to Distractions, Sometimes a Gal Needs to Rant

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This week’s Deb posts are all about how we write through distractions. Or don’t. It’s funny, the Deb gals and I often chat throughout the day, and, the other day, I was venting to them about a distraction happening right then and there. Their response: that’s your post for this upcoming week. Unedited. So here we go, my recent rant… including almost-expletives, my cap lock key, and heat-of-the-moment expressions: Speaking of distractions,…


Writing with Distractions (or Sure, Blame Me and my Tiny Bladder)

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about that lady, it’s that she tends to blame others for her inability to focus. The truth is she can’t concentrate for shit. I’m just being honest. Between the noise in her head and the noise out there in the world, distractions are a big problem for her. But instead of taking responsibility for it (or medication), she blames everything on me and my…


On Focusing. Or What’s That Shiny Thing?

Monday, December 5, 2016

This week’s Deb posts are all about our worst time-sucks and temptations as well as our tips on staying focused. Focused? Staying focused? In the time that I started this post, and by the time I wrote this sentence, I have multitasked on a several dozen other things, whittling away whatever precious time I had to potentially accomplish the writing of this post. I have: Tweeted out how depressed I…


The Secret to Writing Is Simple

Monday, November 28, 2016

This week the Debs are writing about our experience of time: time writing books and the publishing timeline.  The venerable Dorothy Parker said a lot of witty things, most of which I either identify with or just plain adore. She has a few witty quips about writing in particular which I identify with: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can…


Pressure and Time: The Shawshank Method of Writing

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This week we’re talking about how — as writers — we cope with pressure. Do we thrive under a deadline, or do we get a mean case of writer’s block? Do we like our agents to give us a firm due date, or do we prefer to set the pace for ourselves? Like most writers I have a love-hate relationship with pressure. I’m fairly new to this whole writing thing, but what…


How Not to Write

Monday, November 16, 2015

  Here is my time-tested, foolproof method of not writing. If you follow these seventeen simple steps, you may never write another word again!  1. Set your timer for the number of hours you have available to write before going to work, picking up the kids, going to the doctors etc. 2. Boot up your laptop. Read the pages you wrote yesterday, revising as you go. Do this until you reach a…


The Word for 2015? Balance

Thursday, January 15, 2015

So yesterday, I called Dhonielle all in a panic — after making her PROMISE not to beat me up — for a pep talk and a bit of the state of the union. That is, my union with writing. As you may know by now, I tend to be a Master Procrastinator. That means, in November, after Book Two officially kicked my ass, instead of going hardcore on my WIP…


Good Habits, Bad Habits, and David Bowie

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

This weekend I revisited the 1986 movie, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, a young Jennifer Connelly, and a slew of Jim Henson muppets. As a young teen, I rented this movie many times, but Adult Me couldn’t remember what I loved so much about it. To my delight, Netflix had it in the current streaming lineup, so I spent ninety minutes getting in touch with my teen self. Teen me wanted this…


How long lines, pink polo shirts, and pictures of kittens help me combat procrastination

Friday, October 24, 2014

Years ago, I was at a technical writing conference and the witty and wild Douglas Adams was the keynote speaker. He told this story about how he spent the better part of two days writing a small programming routine that would save him about ten seconds of time. “No one procrastinates like a writer,” Mr. Adams said. It’s so true. When it comes to procrastination, writers are champions. Case in point, I’m…