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Monthly archives for January, 2014

It’s a Heatwave…


Sometimes you have to go old school.

I hate to call it ‘old school’ because it’s not. Not really. There is something that happens with writing long hand that doesn’t happen with typing. I will often go to writing long hand to work on scenes that I’m having trouble with for that very reason. There are actual parts of the brain that become engaged when you’re writing that don’t when you are typing.

Anyway, I needed to go paper and pencil this past week because we’ve been melting in Australia.

That’s right. Melting.

We had five days of 40C+ temperatures (104F), most of which settled in at 43C (109.4F). My office doesn’t have air conditioning, so I spent as much of the past week as I could hiding in my bedroom with all my notes and such.

One must do what one must do.

Dark Echoes still isn’t finished, but I can see the faintest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I have been having some big issues with this one (oh, hello Doubt and Fear) hence the delay. But chocolate makes everything better.

I still have a review of Grammarly coming up as well as a ‘weekly’ post series that I am looking at reviving. More soon.

How Fiction Makes Our Brains Better

Merriam-Webster declared ‘science’ the 2013 word of the year. But can reading something other than data and facts, say a work of fiction, help improve brain function? Anthony explains the many possible benefits that reading a fictitious book can have on the brain.

How to Build a Fictional World – Kate Messner

Why is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy so compelling? How about The Matrix or Harry Potter? What makes these disparate worlds come alive are clear, consistent rules for how people, societies — and even the laws of physics — function in these fictional universes. Author Kate Messner offers a few tricks for you, too, to create a world worth exploring in your own words.

Dark Echoes Progress

So CloseWell, despite pulling some multi-thousand word days, I wasn’t able to finish Dark Echoes before 2014 rolled around. Part of me is disappointed, as both Echo Falls and Fading Echoes were finished mere hours before midnight on New Year’s Eve in previous years. It seemed an odd tradition, but a tradition nonetheless.

But, part of me is okay. Dark Echoes is a different book to the first two in many ways, and I don’t mind taking more time to get things right. Lily is a lot angrier than Phoebe and Charlotte. The overall tone of the book is darker with the grittier side of Echo Falls – and its inhabitants – coming into play. Where illness stopped the writing process in early 2013, now a dedication to detail is slowing me.

That’s not a bad thing, but people are beginning to wonder where the book is.

I may have promised someone earlier that I would have the book finished by next Friday, though, so it’s time for me to put my word count where my mouth is and pull some more marathon days. I want to post more here, but the next week may still be a little quiet.

Until the next post…

(PS. The image is a glimpse from Scrivener. I am close to the end!)

Happy New Year! Welcome 2014

Saying hello to 2014 by saying goodbye to 2013… with music…


Dark Echoes: Cover of the Year!