Category Archives: My Books and WIPs

Books and Works-in-progress

Zier worldbuilding fun

This month, I’m prepping for writing the first draft of Possession–my fantasy novel about a dying woman who who tries to take control of another guy’s body to survive. I’ve got a whole bunch of experimental scenes written, but the whole … Continue reading

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Temple of rats

I’m gobbling up anything desert-related lately as I’m soaking up atmosphere and inspiration for Possession, which takes place in my fictional desert-city of Zier. One thing I stumbled on is the Karni Mata temple in the Thar desert of India, … Continue reading

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When writing is like parachuting

I’m a pantser, or organic writer, which means I throw myself into each new book without an outline or a plan, just the kernel of an idea. Basically, I throw myself out of the plane and hope there’ll be a … Continue reading

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Magic systems–fun and headache

A friend of mine always says, whenever you invent a magic system, give it to a bunch of gamers–they’ll soon find the weak spots and explore them endlessly. 😀 The thing is, it’s plain hard to trace all the possible … Continue reading

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Possession setting breakthrough

Remember last week, I posted about possible settings for Possession, my latest fantasy novel about a dying woman trying to take possession of another guy’s body to survive? Well, the other day I had a breakthrough! A flash of insight … Continue reading

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From jungle to desert to windswept island

I’m at the early idea-stage for my latest project, a fantasy novel I’ve given the working-title Possession, and I’m considering settings at the moment. Boy, are there lots of enticing options out there! A city in the dry, baking-hot desert, … Continue reading

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Before and After the Wedding – Lucky Seven Snippet

So my friend Char Newcomb tagged me for #luckyseven, a funny Twitter writers’ exercise where you post–you guessed it–7 sentences from your work-in-progress. The rules are as follows: Go to page 7 or 77 in your current manuscript. Go to … Continue reading

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The worst writing advice I ever received

If you’ve ever thought about writing and intrepidly googled writing advice, chances are you got a whole lot of hits. Writing seems to be a subject that a lot of people have opinions about. After all, if you’ve read a … Continue reading

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Why reading is creative

I think everyone can agree that writing is a creative endeavor, but so, I think, is reading. That’s because the book only comes alive inside your brain. Does that sound weird? Consider this sentence from Before and After the Wedding, … Continue reading

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Imprisoned gets a name

The Easter holidays are over (I hope you ate as much delicious chocolate as I did!), and today I decided on my next writing project. Yay! Feels great to get started really digging into something again. After going over all … Continue reading

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