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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On Idols … & Not Meeting Them

My uncle Gary came to visit from the faraway lands of Vancouver. When my mother mentioned this to me, she continued to add that she had a book for me from him. An advance uncorrected proof of Cory Doctorow’s latest book. That Gary had received from a writer friend of his, William Gibson. Needless to […]

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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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Camp NaNoWriMo Report #1

Note: If you have never heard of NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—please refer to this website. Or here. Or even here. Another note: I had intended to post this much sooner–it’s been written for almost a week now–but forgot to. Oops. I haven’t mentioned Camp NaNoWriMo yet because when I signed up for the August session […]

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Building a Novel Soundtrack

With the majority of my projects, the “soundtrack” comes to me pretty quickly. Usually I just pick songs I think remind me of the tone and subject matter, or of a particular character, and throw it in there. My current project has been in the works for three years now. It was the first novel […]

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