It honestly just hit me: in the story I’m writing, which has crested 43,000 words as of yesterday, the city of Nashville is where so many of the characters live originally, yet by the end of it about the only ones left there are…the Slovenian … Continue readingWhy Don’t You Stay?
The house is signed, sealed…and almost delivered. The property my grandparents bought is about to be unloaded, and not a moment too soon: to my surprise, I’ve gotten a cash offer for $250,000 with just a walk-through required rather than a full inspection or an … Continue readingThe Clock is Ticking
Today, February 13, 2024, is my thirtieth birthday, a milestone, and not one I’m altogether pleased about; it’s not like I have to pass into the grim routine of middle age and fade into the shadow world like the elves of Middle-Earth, but there is … Continue readingO Brave New Decade: Turning Thirty
You know, I’ve pretty much decided to bite the bullet and just start my own dance studio once I move to Greater Los Angeles. I’ll need some kind of job or business to support myself — the money raised by liquidating my house won’t last … Continue readingMy Own Dance Studio, Here I Come?
From its genesis all the way back last September, through who-knows-how-much brainstorming, as reflected in the profusion of blog posts I’ve written about it, I’ve got quite a sprawling tale for my Great Christmas Blizzard story…one I’m pleased to announce that I’ve gotten to work … Continue readingGreat Christmas Blizzard: Now Writing
The last time I reported on my glow-up efforts, I told you I was accelerating them, and had work scheduled to be done just this month, January of 2024: As for the stretch marks, I’ve got some in the upper arms and all round the … Continue readingGlow-Up Acceleration: So Far, So Good
Ah, brainstorming. It’s always so beautiful when you look over the different pieces of a story you’re writing and find new ways for them to fit together more effectively. So it has been with Decca’s makeover in my Christmas superstorm story in my near-future science-fictional … Continue readingBrand New Decca
I’ve remarked often that the social machinery of the United States, our very identity as Americans, is dependent on carving industrial empires out of the wilderness with a firehose of immigrants from Europe. As soon as the frontier closed and the flow of people from … Continue readingOne Billion Americans, 19th Century Style?
Ah…Antarctica. The seventh continent? Or is it? When you get down to it, pinning down the exact number of continents is like trying to touch a mirage: you can see it, but is it really there? Unlike the latter-day effort in astronomy to define what … Continue readingThe Seventh Continent…Or Is It?
I’ve been mulling the past few days about what I could do for my future daughter, the wheels in my head turning to thoughts of small wineries (less expensive than you probably think; even in prime regions they apparently can be had for well under … Continue readingDo NPCs Dream of Overseas?