When I reviewed the Philips DVT 2700 I was just beginning my dictation journey and wrestling with the normal “just starting dictation” problems, such as losing my voice after one session, or trying to make my brain be creative through my voice instead of my fingers. Time and practice can improve all things… except a … More Dictation Setup Upgrade
Project: SNAFU [Name to be changed, probably] Goal: 90,000 words Daily Quota: 1000 words per day Deadline: September 28, 2018 (90 work days) Words Written: 16,885 Words Left: 73,115 Daily Average: 3,377 %Complete: 19% Current setup Recorder: Olympus WS-852 Headset: Andrea NC-181VM *************** This week: July 2 – July 6, 2018 My project goals are … More Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel, Weeks 34-37
Progress: 7 Weeks of the course took me 8 months and 7 days to get through. This is not a failing of the course, it’s all me. But the course is amazingly flexible and allows for that sort of thing. And it wasn’t like I wasn’t doing anything. I was. I was learning to outline. … More 07/03/2018 Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel, Weeks 26-33
Why do outlines suck? Because they are stupid hard when you don’t actually know what you’re doing. Then again, a lot of things are stupid hard when you don’t know what you’re doing and are just starting out: Dance, running, bike riding, swimming, quantum physics… Outlines suck, but they’ve made my writing better. I mentioned … More Outlines suck.
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… April-October Flash Fiction: Uh… After Celebration my monthly flash fiction goal has gone right out of the window for two big reasons. 1. I don’t have the time (or skill) to work on multiple projects simultaneously (when dictating and driving). So here I was, moving along at a good clip with the Selkie … More Progress Report: Lazette Gifford’s 2 Year Novel. 2017, October: Stalled (2)
(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?