From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/20/2017


Hello all! Another week done and we’re nearing the end of March. Time flies for better or for worse.

For a number of reasons, this week was not as productive as last. One scene in particular proved irritatingly stubborn, and another day was largely spent brainstorming and reorganizing. But I managed to finish the week strong with a grand total of 5619 words. Less than last week, but still respectable at my current level, and I came close to last week’s personal best which gives me hope that I can continue to increase my average.

So I’m going to tentatively raise my weekly goal to 700 words a day/ 4900 total (again largely because of the math. Sadly 7 doesn’t go into 5000 evenly.) We’ll see how that goes.

As always, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/13/2017


Hello everyone! Hope you had a good week!

I’ve begun to notice a pattern. It seems that at the beginning of every week my writing stalls a bit before picking up again somewhere around Wednesday. I started last week with a pair of dismal writing days for a variety of reasons, but Saturday was my best day of the year so far and as a result I wrote a grand total of 6646 words this week.

This experiment seems to be working. My writing totals have been trending upwards this year, and my daily average has been slowly building, which was the main goal of forcing myself to publicly keep track. Having said that, I don’t think I’m quite ready to up my weekly goals a second time just yet. So this week I’m going to once stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. If this is a good week I may revise upwards next time. Onwards!

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 3/6/2017


Hello everyone! Hope you had a good week! And I hope it was warmer than mine. Seasonably appropriate temperatures feel colder when the rest of the winter is unusually warm. Global warming!

This week, despite one day where I barely managed 100 words, I wrote a grand total of 5714 words. Which is the most I’ve managed in a single week for quite some time. At my absolute peek a few years ago I did have a brief spurt where I was averaging 2000-3000 words a day, but that was more of a sprint then a marathon.


As I get closer and closer to the end of the draft, I hope the light at the end of the long, long tunnel will motivate me to recapture my former word count glory. We shall see.

In any case, this week I’m going to stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. See if I can keep it up. Onwards!

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!



From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/27/2017


Goals and deadlines. The clock never stops ticking! Aaaaah!

Greetings! It is the penultimate day of February, the weather is unseasonably warm, and I have just returned from a fun-filled visit to the dentist. Have you ever tried brainstorming while someone has their hand in their mouth, fiddling with your teeth? It’s not as easy as it sounds.

In other non-tooth related news, I wrote 4653 words this week, exactly 14 words less than last week, but comfortably more than my new 4200 word goal.

I spent some time this week trying to figure out a hazily realized tangle of scenes. I knew the space they needed to fill and what needed to happen, but the particulars were not as clear in my head as I thought, and it wasn’t quite working right. I think I’ve figured out how to make it work but it would have required changing the setting. So instead I kept going, as if I’d already made the changes. More work for the 2nd draft!

In any case, this week I’m going to stick with my goal of 600 words a day/ 4200 total. See if I can keep it up. Digits still crossed.

Hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/20/2017


Happy President’s Day (Apparently)!

Clearly I have no sense of time, but I hope you’ve had a good week and that if you’re in the US I hope you enjoy the holiday and the…er…car sales.

This week I wrote 4667 words once again managing to do much better than I thought I had. It’s nice at the end of a week to find you’ve been more productive than you thought.

Events are reaching a fever pitch. Plans are colliding, violence is erupting, and I’m quickly approaching certain confrontations that I’ve been looking forward to writing for nearly a year now. So that’s exciting, and I’m tentative hoping to finally have the draft done within the next 2-3 weeks. Tentatively.

On that note, I’m going to change my writing goals for the first time. Since I’ve managed 4000 words or more the past two weeks I’m going to make that my goal going forward. 600 words a day/ 4200 total. (Because 4000 didn’t divide evenly into 7. It’s the little things.) So we’ll see how that goes. Fingers crossed.

In any case, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 2/13/2017


Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was…passable. Neither good nor bad, really, but when I went to tally my word count I found that I had done far better than I expected. I somehow managed 4116 words despite feeling like I was failing miserably. So appearances can be deceptive, apparently, and what I thought was a long, slog of a week was actually more than usually successful.

As always, my goal for the coming week will remain 500 words a day/ 3500 total. The next chapter feels a little hazier in my mind than the outline suggested, so I may have to spend a day or two fleshing that out. In any case, I hope you have a good week.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 1/30/2017


Just a quick update today. Last week was not overwhelmingly productive for a number of reasons, but hopefully I can fix that this week.

Last week I managed 2847 words. And as always, my goal for the coming week will remain 500 words a day/ 3500 total. I’m finally hitting the climatic parts where everyone’s plans and machinations collide. Hopefully that will propel the writing.

Happy reading and happy writing!

From the Desktop: Writing Update 1/23/2017


It’s 2017!!! A slightly belated (although it is still January after all, if only barely) Happy New Year! I realize it’s been awhile since I last did one of these. Three months actually. Time flies and I had such plans, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t still been writing. My draft now stands at 104,323 words with more still to come. I’m now predicting about 120,000 total, but I keep blowing past my estimates and have largely decided to just let this draft be however big it is going to be. C’est le draft!

This past week I managed 3636 words. I’ve left the cutting and editing behind for the moment and have been just straight drafting. No more rewriting until the second draft.

This week (1/23-1/29) my goal will remain the same as ever: 500 words a day/ 3500 total. I narrowly squeaked by last week, but hopefully this week will be more productive. I have big plans for this year, not least of which is finally finishing this draft.

In any case, happy (still belated) new year! And happy reading and/or writing!

Flash Fiction Friday: The Rabbit Dilemma


Our Loving Couple

“I shall endeavor, darling, not to become a rabbit,” the man said solemnly.

His wife looked up from her breakfast and studied him silently for a moment. A reticent man by nature, especially where his wife was concerned, he did his best to convey his utmost sincerity. Whatever she found on his face must have been convincing.

“Good,” the woman said with a firm nod. “See that you don’t.” Then returned to her coffee.

The silence lingered over the table, festering as it had many times before. He had learned to accept, even enjoy the silences. His wife was not a morning person and had once managed to fling a cup and saucer at him with deadly, half-awake accuracy. The bruises had lasted for weeks. Her laughter, when she finally woke, had never fully ended.

There was a question, however, that needed to be answered. It marinated in the juice and crackled in the cereal until finally he thought he was going to burst. He opened his mouth, thought for a second, then closed it again.

“What is it?” his wife asked without looking up.

“Nothing.” He hesitated. “Only…”



“Excuse me?”

“Would you still love me if I was a rabbit?” he repeated.

“Yes,” she answered instantly. “I would.”

The man sagged in relief. “Thank God,” he said. “Because I’m not sure…”

“But I would love you,” she continued, “as I would love a rabbit and all other furry creatures. Except squirrels. I hate squirrels.”

He nodded, despite himself. Her opinion on squirrels was long-standing and vigorous. “But that’s all?” he half asked, half pleaded.

“Well, I couldn’t love you as a husband,” she said. “That would be bestiality.”

“I-I didn’t mean…”

She sighed and reached across the table to pat his hand. “I know,” she said with a smile. “I was only teasing. And it doesn’t matter anyway. You’re not going to turn into a rabbit.”

“You can’t know that!” he said. “Look at Lisa and Tim! She turned into a bunny just last week!”

“I am not Tim,” she said stiffly. “And you are not Lisa.”

There were a great many things he could say to that, but h wisely held his tongue. Although his nose did twitch, ever so slightly. A nervous habit. Probably.

“What was that?” His wife cried accusingly.


“Your nose,” she said through clenched teeth. “It twitched.”

“No it didn’t,” he protested. “…Did it?”

“Yes,” she said. “It did. And you shall desist at once. I. Shall. Not. Have. It.”

“Yes, dear,” he said and meant it, but deep inside he knew that there was no fighting science.

The Rabbit Plague had no known cure. And the vaccine was a joke. Some people were simply going to turn into rabbits and there was nothing anyone could do about it. It was genetics.

And he was certainly not going to mention that his wife’s ears had started looking a little longer recently.

He was a rabbit, not a fool.

From the Desktop:Writing Update 9/19/2016


Hello all! I hope you’re well.

Progress this week was a bit like running on a treadmill. Did a lot of writing, and nipping and tucking, and a little restructuring. The end result is better and stronger than it was before, but it’s also more or less exactly where I was a week ago. I managed to finish my goal of 3 edited/rewritten chapters, although two of them are ones I had already done last week. Rewriting the rewriting! One step forward, two steps back. Well, half a step back anyway.

My word count was actually fairly strong. I did manage 3600 words although in the process of editing I also managed to cut around 1500. Which confuses things slightly.

This week (9/19-9/26) I’m going to maintain last week’s goals of 500 words a day/ 3500 total and 3 edited/rewritten chapters, since despite feeling unproductive and circling back on myself, I did actually come much closer to my goals than I thought. Hopefully this week will be better.

Have a good week. Happy reading and happy writing!