It’s May. My last post, The Value of an Idea, Part 2, was written in October 2017 and I literally forgot to post it. Then… nothing for 6 months. I’ve been thinking about last year’s goals a lot lately. It’s easy to get caught up in letting the failures overshadow the successes. Sometimes it’s a … More Biting off more than you can chew
Literary Agent Janet Reid mentioned this topic several times on her blog. In I Gave You My Idea, Don’t Steal, she boils it down like this: Even if an idea could be stolen, no two people will write the same novel. Also, concepts and ideas can’t be protected and usually aren’t original anyway. I want … More The Value of an Idea, Part 2.
People value ideas more than a magpie values a shiny bit of broken chain. I can’t count the number of times I’ve had well meaning people discover that I write and immediately start in on how they have this really great idea for a book, but they can’t write. They inevitably suggest that I … More The Value of an Idea, Part 1
Progress: Uh… Technically I am in week 41 of the 2YN course. That’s smack dab in the middle of the “writing” section. I am writing. I am writing a novel, I’m just not writing the selkie novel I started the course with. Oops. April-October Flash Fiction: Uh… After Celebration my monthly flash fiction goal has … More Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel. 2017, Week 41
(Ack. This posted faster than it should have. I wasn’t done yet!) I spent last week at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando as a birthday present to myself. The lead up to it was many, many frustrating weekends trying to get my costume done… because of COURSE I’m going in costume. Star Wars has always … More Star Wars Celebration Recap
Query Shark. I love Query Shark. Janet Reid is a literary agent who has opened herself up as a query critic. Writers can submit their queries to the Query Shark and, if the Shark thinks that her readers could benefit from the query, she’ll post the query with comments about why it doesn’t (or, rarely, … More But what is your story about?
Progress: None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. March Flash Fiction: Not done! But I revised an older flash fiction from 2014, so there’s that. Read Hyperspace Here. It was a rough March. Aside from revising Hyperspace, I haven’t written more than 150 words creatively. It rained the first week, then I spent the next two weeks sick … More Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel. 2017, Weeks ???
Hyperspace 09/2014 Zik’k watched the console timer tick down the seconds to the conversion from hyperspace to realspace. The short jaunt had become a full-blown training mission and now hunger gnawed at his narrow belly. His attention wandered to the bag of licha-crisps he had stashed behind his seat. He could fix that. His mandibles clattered … More Flash Fiction: Hyperspace
This is supposed to be flash fiction day, but I’m late (again). I spent the last 2 weeks sick and coughing (so no dictation) and the week before that it was raining (so no dictation). I’m working on it! It doesn’t help that I chose my least favorite and the most finicky of the batch … More I won a contest…
One thing I didn’t think about when starting this dictation/transcription writing journey was how noisy my car actually is. My brain is more than capable of tuning out the sound of the road, but the voice recorder picks up everything– even the sound of other engines. While my audio recordings are intelligible to the human … More Dictation in the Car: Improving Sound Quality