OCT
22

I'm Writing Another Novel This November!

nano_09_blk_participant_120x240.pngYou might think I'm crazy, but last November's novel writing experience rocked my world. I accomplished more in that month than I've ever accomplished in that amount of time--and not just the required 50,000 words! But that is another story. So here's the plan: Beginning Sunday, November 1, I will write 9.5 double-spaced, 12-point pages of novel per day. That's 2,380 words a day. At that rate, I can write 50,000 words in 21 days. That gives me space to be a less-than-productive writer while I......
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OCT
21

Getting Laid

Pride 2009, San FranciscoAlways getting confused in the middle of asking somebody to lie down with you? Lay and lie are confusing, in part, because lay is the past tense of lie.  Remembering the distinct definitions for the two and understanding the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs can help a lot. Lie means to recline or rest.  It is an intransitive verb.  That is, it does not need a direct object. My sexual tastes lie somewhere between kinky and vanilla. Please, darling, lie down so I ca......
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MAY
19

Sexy Verbs: The Fuzzy Verb

Sexy Verbs: The Fuzzy Verb
This is the final episode in the four-part series, Sexy Verbs. At the end of this post, you’ll have a chance to flaunt your sexy verb expertise, so be sure to review the previous posts on passive voice, -ly adverbs, and wuzzy verbs. What is a fuzzy verb? A fuzzy verb has been watered down by another, more boring and not useful verb. For example: Catharine began writhing in ecstasy. Fuzzy verbs shroud the verb just as passive verbs shroud the subject. They water down the action. Why do we nee......
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NOV
26

I did it!



Re-posted for historic reference. See comments from original post.
NOV
09

Writing Furiously!

Hello again to my friends and supporters! I am thrilled to announce that I’ve collected my NaNoWriMo fundraising goal in just one short week. Next Saturday night, I will be tapping away at my laptop along with a big room full of other ambitious novelists at The Night of Writing Dangerously. Thanks so much for all you’ve done to help me get there. If you did not get a chance to make your donation to The Office Of Light and Letters, you still can at this link. But since I've made my goal, it’s......
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