The Inevitable NaNoWriMo Hangover
NaNoWriMo 2014 Winner

The problem with November* is that it’s dark. It gets dark early, it stays dark late, and it’s just a mess of gloominess in that too-brief between, all punctuated by a few vaguely sunshiney days and the first flurries of the year. For a writer in the northern hemisphere — particularly one who suffers from […]

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In Which There is an Office & Probably Heatstroke

I intended on writing this post much sooner than I am, but due to the excruciating heat and humidity plaguing Nova Scotia this week, it just hasn’t happened. It’s too hot and gross to think. Yesterday was one of the cooler days, 32°c but with the humidity closer to 40°c. Today is a touch cooler, […]

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Road Trip Wednesday: Inspiration

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway posts a weekly writing- or reading-related question. This week’s question: What are some non-writing blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, Pinterests, Instagrams, etc., that you follow and get inspired by? I don’t follow any non-writing-related blogs, but everyone I follow on social media inspires me in some way […]

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Writing Diary | In Which Ley Writes Books & Then Rambles About Them

I wrote a book. Back in late summer 2012, my life went through some changes. My Diablo III buddy stopped playing, so suddenly all those hours spent dungeon-crawling (or chatting in tiny boxes while my character shifted from foot to foot on screen) ended. We had almost beat the game on Inferno mode too. What […]

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Writing Diary | To Revise or Not To Revise

After NaNoWriMo, I stopped writing. I had pushed myself as far as I could go with the zombie novel I’d been writing, and the whole thing had fallen flat with no apparent way to fix it. I spent December pondering if I should push through to the end, force some kind of big climax into […]

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On Winning NaNoWriMo 2011, & Why I’ve Been Too Afraid To Blog

As you may notice if you scroll down, there was a huge, inexplicable gap in blog entries beginning around the time I announced that I would, in fact, be partaking in NaNoWriMo this year. A lot of it had to do with planning the novel in question. I had hoped to document my pre-novel process, […]

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NaNoWriMo ’11 Prep

It’s fifteen days until the commencement of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — and I am in full-on preparatory mode. As mentioned in a past post from September, I was on the fence about joining this year. Awful things seem to happen whenever I attempt NaNoWriMo. What if I break out in adult acne […]

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To NaNo, Or Not To NaNo

(Shakespeare reference has absolutely nothing to do with the fact my copy of So Silver Bright is presently sitting on my coffee table, waiting to be read.) Ooh, pretty graphic. Who made it? No idea. Let me know if you know! This is really just a short post to ramble. How are those two concepts […]

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Camp NaNoWriMo Report #2

So, this is a sorta embarrassing post. For my second NaNoWriMo in a row, Stressful Real Life Things have ruined my routine. In the case of last November, the Stressful Real Life Thing (or SRLT) occurred towards the beginning of the month, and I was never able to get back on track. In the case […]

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