NaNoWriMo Day 2

I did a lot of prep work for NaNo yesterday and finished other work. I started on my NaNoNovel and the Relationships course today. Our book-sized game supplement is now completely edited and formatted and ready to send to the editor. I still  have four graphics that need to be revised and one that needs…

NaNoWriMo Day 1

Bonjour! Today is the day after Halloween, which was quite an experience here in my new neighborhood. So many trick or treaters!  Today is also the start of NaNoWriMo. My goal is to write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. At the same time, my Relationships course with Dean starts tomorrow….

Setting the Table With Myself

I’m thinking today of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose prints caused such tumult in the 80s and who I admire for taking his own path in the world of art. So often we censor ourselves. Or at least I do. Mapplethorpe famously didn’t. I have to ask myself who would I be if I were fearless? Who…

Mistakes Can Be Beautiful!

It’s been a busy, but a fairly good week. We finished another gaming article which will soon be coming to a Kickstarter near you. I’ll let you know when it is available. We are working to incorporate the playtester’s changes to Biremes and Triremes, our book-sized gaming supplement. We hope to complete the edits by…

Social Media and News

It’s easy to get carried through life. There is so much going on at any given time. About a year ago I went on a social media and news fast for several months. After I returned to listening to the news on occasion and went back to Facebook, Twitter, Discord, Slack, and other services, I…

State of Mañana

It’s a weird feeling to be simultaneously dry of ideas when I’m writing and filled with ideas when I’m not. Our project board/ideas for new project board just keeps growing larger. Meanwhile, I sit in front of half-finished projects with that sense that there is nothing left in my brain. Part of the reason for…

Shadow Sister

I like to think of the author of my secret projects as my shadow sister. She moves capably in the shadows like an assassin, ably dispatching writerly doubts as she produces her stories. But one other way that she stays in the shadows is that I haven’t created an identity, a web page, a presence…

Channeling Lightning

When I was about twelve years old my parents took us to a friend’s house for dinner where all of us tried vegetarian food for the first time, learned about their friends’ passion for meditation, and saw their sprouts. I was enchanted by the food (which consisted of a very, very fancy peanut butter and…

The Toddlers Inside

I just wrote a letter and as I wrote it, I realized something profound. It’s not so much that my Critical Voice is out of control, it’s that I’ve developed a very finely tuned instrument to persuade people without offending them in writing. It’s something I’ve practiced and done well at, both in work and…

New Year Contemplations

I’ve been in Denver with family for the high holidays this week and it’s been a good experience, packed with things to do and people to see. One of the great things about having adjusted to Albuquerque is that I do not feel altitude sickness in Denver when arriving. So it’s been a great time…