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ROW80 End of Round, RIP Ric Ocasek, and Random Photos

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andom!

Random photos; a random, sprawling post.


For one thing, school has started in earnest, and things have gotten busier! I hadn't even realised we'd reached the end of the third round of A Round of Words in 80 Days.

I had three main writing goals:
Keep going on edits for The Handful of Time. I'm only on chapter 3!Otherwise, I could work some more on edits for my short story, Blackbird's SongAnd finally get around to submitting Druid's Moon for an editorial review by Barbara Rogan
I didn't do any of this, except for the bits of The Handful of Time that got revised while I was working on the monthly exercises for at thelitforum.

On the other hand, I drafted any number of scenes for this year's NaNoWriMo story, The Antipodean Time, during the Ask Me Anything exercise in August! All I really need is to figure out the timeline of the story itself, and then I'll be ready.

And this month's exercise, all about action scenes, has opened up a plot hole in

Four New Books!

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ew books!


Four new and new-to-me books I've read this week:


Lock In by John Scalzi
"Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves 'locked in' - fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

1% doesn't seem like a lot. But in the US that's 1.7 million people 'locked in' ... including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, 'The Agora', where the locked-in can interact with other humans, whether locked-in ornot. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, …

Back from Vacation! IWSG, ROW80, and Read Holmfirth

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ack from Vacation!




I had some ambitious ROW80 goals this time around:

Keep going on edits for The Handful of Time. I'm only on chapter 3!Otherwise, I could work some more on edits for my short story, Blackbird's Song.And finally get around to submitting Druid's Moon for an editorial review by Barbara Rogan.

I say ambitious, because I was busy drafting new scenes each day as part of the monthly exercise on thelitforum, in between work  and school and vacation and moving house -- we moved last week, and still have roughly 40 of 90 boxes to unpack.

Luckily, this month's exercise is on writing action scenes, and that's exactly the help I need to keep going on edits for The Handful of Time.


Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question: If you could pick one place in the world to sit and write your next story, where would it be and why?

Ooh, what a lovely thing to dream about. A Mediterranean beach, with a chaise longue on the sand and table…

On Vacation...Ask Me Anything!

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ask me anything!

That's what this month's exercise at thelitforum is all about:

"This month’s exercise is: Ask Me Anything (AMA)!

It's based off the Reddit subforum in which posters are free to ask the host any question, which should be answered honestly and fully. This is a great way to help flesh out a character, whether discovering backstory, motivation, etc. Even though the assorted participants span different times and places, it's these spontaneous, interactive situations between characters that would never "meet" otherwise that let you turn over rocks in ways that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. It’s been interesting to see how a character will respond differently to a question, depending on the asker's gender/social class/time period. ...

Please remember that this is a spontaneous, off-the-cuff, get-'er-done kind of exercise. Don’t worry about making your writing all fancy and polished. Your internal critic has been banned from entry.&…

On Vacation...Exploring the United Nations

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isits to the Palais des Nations!

I had a young assistant accompany me to work on three separate occasions. Here are some highlights:





Sequoia!




Georgian wine jug