yesterday, i went to the coffeeshop to write. i do that sometimes. i’ve written several stories at the coffeeshop and then there’s editing. so, i’m trying to write a story and it’s not coming. i’ve got some thinking to do. there i am, researching, writing dialogue out by hand and getting in the groove when, … Read more the trouble with writing
uh, that was a weird trip to the Banff Centre. diagnosis: strep throat. great medical attention available at the clinic at the Banff Centre, if you must know, but that’s beside the point. it was -40 degrees the entire time. i managed approximately eight pages of new material before i fell into bed for three … Read more slayed
a rewrite is required of the final story. a big rewrite. it makes sense, all of the critique, it does. and i agree with it. that doesn’t stop me from wanting to lie on the living room floor and stare at the ceiling, oh no. because this fucking story is gripping me by the ankles. … Read more i’m not done, i mean i thought i was done, but no
a noir gimlet. “The bartender set the drink in front of me. With the lime juice it has a sort of pale greenish yellowish misty look. I tasted it. It was both sweet and sharp at the same time. The woman in black watched me. Then she lifted her own glass towards me. We both … Read more the long goodbye
i’ve got nothing, nada, not one thing to say. this is a problem because i’m writing a lot and i wonder if this apathy translates into my work. lordy, this writing business–it’s like walking through sludge. somebody bring me a cool compress, i’m swooning. and a gimlet, whatever that is. do you have the recipe … Read more nothing
i sorted out my messy story that i sorta kinda completed last weekend. parts of it were okay and others were absolute shit. i don’t know what i was thinking when i wrote some of those words. and that is the process. back and forth, back and forth, advancing slowly to story’s end. it occurs … Read more shitty first drafts
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for i have sinned. it’s been 11 days since my last confession posting.
last year, i attended a writing conference and spent a week fleshing out the main characters of a book i’m writing. throughout the process, fellow writers commented that my character’s name, Mike Blank, was annoying. it’s the repetition of the ‘k’ sounds. they all agreed that i needed to come up with a new name. … Read more MIKE BLANK