It’s the beginning of December and that means that another NaNoWriMo has come and gone! This year was a successful NaNo (am I the only one who shortens it to NaNo? I know that NaNoWriMo is already abbreviated but I keep abbreviating it further… Oh well!) for a number of reasons, the first being that I reached 50,000 words just after midnight on November 28th making NaNoWriMo 2019 the first year I finished early. Even if it was only by a few days I’m happy with it because I’ve never finished NaNo early. I’m usually just scraping the last 1667 words needed before midnight on November 30th to reach the 50,000 word goal and never look at the story again. Continue reading

Next summer I’m going to Dawson City. A small town, because technically that’s what it is now, far into the Yukon that you can drive to from Whitehorse in about six hours or take a smaller plane from the two in a flight that takes about an hour, which is what I’ll be doing.

Dawson City isn’t on many people’s lists for travel but it’s been on mine for ages. I don’t know when I first heard of Dawson City but I know I heard about it from my dad and his lifelong goal of having the Sourtoe Cocktail, a cocktail which has a real mummified human toe in it that people can drink to the join the club (the toe just has to touch your lip). My dad achieved his goal last year when he visited Dawson in January (I’m told it was very good) and having the drink himself and now it’s my turn, or it will be next year. Continue reading

Carrie is a classic horror novel that even if you haven’t read the book or seen the infamous 1976 film you know what happens. Carrie White, school misfit and punching bag, gets her first period in the girls locker room and is ridiculed by her classmates and later by her overly religious mother who believes Carrie is full of sin. This ends up resulting in Carrie learning/remembering she has telekinetic abilities which she strengthens. Carrie later ends up being invited to prom, which is one she and pop culture will remember forever. Continue reading

It’s happening again. I don’t know when it started up again only that it was slow and creeping like a sickness that spreads. I looked at myself in the mirror one morning and wondered how anyone could ever stand to look at me, how it’s no wonder that no one ever wants to look again. Continue reading

I remember I started reading this book on September 23rd for significant reasons to the plot that I’ll get into later and that it took me a long time to finish. In fact, I completely forgot to write a review for this book because Summerlong is a forgettable read, and that’s a hard thing for me to say as a longtime lover of Peter S. Beagle’s work. Continue reading

Hello all! It’s still November and that means it’s still NaNoWriMo and I thought, why not use today’s blog post to give an update on that?

I mean, it’s going pretty well, suspiciously well if I do say so myself. So far for my NaNo project I’m at 18,559 which is about a thousand words over what I should have per day and I’m pretty proud of that. Usually I’m scarping the words along, trying to make the 1667 words per day so it’s nice to be over as a safety net just in case (knock on wood). I’m still enjoying the story I’m writing though it’s definitely getting harder to right the more I go into it. The idea is there, I know what I want to happen though some parts are murkier than others, but I’m a pantser meaning I don’t plan I just go with the flow (which is terrifying and I hate/love it). I’m excited to go further and force myself to confront the more difficult parts of the story, but I’m also worried that I’ll hit a wall and that I won’t be able to go any further. Continue reading

Well it’s November and that means a couple of things. First it means we’re back to our regularly scheduled blog posts, which means one personal post every Monday with a possible book review thrown in later to mix it up. While the hybrid Inktober thing was a pretty fun exercise I’m not sure if I’d do it again, it was just too much pressure sometimes to write during certain days, and to do it every day when that’s the whole goal of NaNoWriMo it was definitely a lot. Which of course brings me to the second thing November brings, NaNoWriMo. Continue reading