Dreaming the Impossible Dream since 1997



I am having a fantastic time here at Wiscon.

I have helped fashion ringed worlds of mollusk oracles, those shelled and un, who visit greasy spoon/brothels and pay with the pearl coins they create.

I have learned the secret stories of objects, and objects in stories.

The arcane process of magazine and novel submission and editing has been whispered.

Books aquired and signatures too, made at least one writer blush.

I bask in the fire and life of many artists, and writers, and even made new friends.

I am inspired, excited about scripting for my new comic, and honored to be in this years art show.


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Shroud: Notecarding through Chapter 11 – Done!

Hey! Last night I finally finished notecarding my novel.
I ended up adding two chapter headings (breaking up chapter 9 into 3 chapters). It wasn’t even that long of a chapter, but the scope of it really needs to be several chapters.

I’m learning a lot about the future outline of my novel. These last few chapters are pretty clear about the action needed, though some of them need to be somewhere around chapters 4-5, so some shuffling will occur.

So, the next step is to rework the outline, and examine it for flow and action, and try to see what I really want to accomplish. It’s going to need a lot of effort, but I’ve got a pretty good handle on the direction.

I’m curious what I’ll end up with.

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Shroud: Notcarding through Chapter 7

Ha! I got an extra writing night in! After a little bit of pizza and musing with Heather, I headed to Mother Fool’s and ensconced myself at one of the desks in the back.

Then, I notecarded my way up to a point in Chapter 7 where I felt the chapter should really end. I moved the start of Chapter 8 up.

Feeling really good about this. Starting to realize that chapter 7 and 8 are really the middle of my novel. I’m looking forward to moving the outline around. Only two more chapters left to notecard.


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Shroud: Notecarding up through Chapter 5


Wow. I notecarded like crazy last night. I’m mosly just taking the points from my outline and putting them down on the cards.

I’d say I got about halfway done with notecarding last night.
We even switched coffee shops, as the one we were at closed at 9. We headed over to Mother Fool’s and got some dark chocolate, and I put my headphones on and notecarded my way through chapter 3, 4, and the 30 notecards of chapter 5. (guess which chapter needs cutting down.

It kinda feels like a real story though, just reading through the outline again.

I ran out of notecards! I had to grab some ones that I’d been using for the last book I wrote. (they had only titles that I’d scratched out for the proper Shroud title/chapter on them)

I’m numbering each card in the bottom left corner, for each chapter. That’ll give me an idea later what order I originally had them in. If I move things around or add new ones into a chapter I think I’ll put a new number on one of the right corners somewhere. Hrm.

Feels like progress though. Moving slowly on.

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Shroud:Chapters 4-6 outlined!

Wow! I got a ton outlined last night, 4-6!!! in one night!

Happily the writing in this middle section of my novel written in 03 is not as bad as the writing in chapters 1-3. It’s pretty readable, not pretty, but at least most of the sentences make narrative sense.

Chapter five features many journal entries of the father of the protaganist, and some of the text is compelling. I’m not sure this book has space for these 31 entries, but knowing what happened in those past dark days will certainly aid me later.

Chapter 6 returns us to story, and has a lot more sense of where things are going. It’s incomplete, (which I noted when I wrote it, but I included some notes on where I wanted to go).

Those in the writing group know, this is the first time I’ve actually ever read through my novel. It’s really hard to pick up most nanowrimo novel and read them in their raw form. (There are of course better writers,(Eric), who can write fast and well, but I am not yet one of those).

After that first rush when all the words were pushed out, ready or not, I haven’t had the courage and determination to get back to them. (Mostly discouraged by chapter 3).

But I’ve pushed past my roadblock, and I should be able to finish my base outline soon. My chapters are divided with little ryhme or reason, but I don’t think I have more than 9.

After the outline, then I may notecard out some things, and see if I have all the parts required for a complete narrative.

Yay! Progress.

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Tribute Waters Synopsis


Alyssa Rendeva is desperate to find a new job to clear her name of her past piratical deeds when she is offered the Captaincy of the latest Tribute voyage. Survive the voyage, claim the prize of owning the ship, and clear her name.

Should be an easy enough task, until she learns her crew is blind, her passengers may be sacrifices, and oh yeah, the lady with the steel muzzle veil… is a manipulative siren, out to take over the ship.

Her first mate, Elion the Wavesighter, seems like he might be of some use, even if he also appears to have a hidden agenda.

Is there any sanity left on the high seas?

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Nanowrimo AfterWord Party


TGIO(thank god it’s over) Party – Madison Dec 4th.
Hey there! This is Stacie, the ML from Madison.

Join us @ the Sun Prairie Public Library from 2-4:30pm – December 4th

I would like to invite any and all who have participated in this year’s challenge to join with the nano’s from madison and wisconsin for a celebration of the end of november! I still have stickers and buttons from HQ if you didn’t get one!

Come join us for some cake, and punch, and general fun! Tell us your funniest writing mishaps this month! Bring some or all of your novel to show off.

There may be some small prizes given away.

You’ve made it! You deserve it!

(p.s. you don’t need to have won the challenge to attend, just to have tried!)

p.p.s.s. If you think you can make it, respond here or at the nanowrimo forums so we can plan accordingly.

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First off!
Yes! I have finished the Nanowrimo challenge, late last night! Note new userpic! I’m sitting at around 50,352 words, with still a few hours left if I want to add some things in. I’ll post some more stats for you later, but it only took me 46.5 hours this year vs the ~64 hours it took me last year. I find that very interesting.

Yay! I have now, written the first rough draft of my second novel. It needs lots and lots of things, world building, character building, a completely reworked outline, but it exists, starts and ends, and things happen in the middle.

We’re having a Thank god it’s over party on Saturday, must get that all set, but it should be fun, too.

A Song For Evan is an Elfwood Mod’s Choice! That means it’s featured on the main page all day!
It also gets a special star and icon in my Elfwood Gallery forever! WOO! My first mod’s choice! I’ve been on elfwood for a long time, (and really never produced much that could even have a chance until now) but it’s so cool to finally have one, on a piece I’m proud of too.


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um… why didn’t i start writing earlier.


3000 left.

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