Review: Concerning the Bodyguard

I haven’t blogged about anything for a bit, mostly because work has been very busy lately. That, and I have been mentally preparing myself to begin revisions full-tilt on COMPENDIUM. In preparation for picking up my red pen, I just finished Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Brown and Dave King, which is an excellent…

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On my way to an MFA! Accepted!

Last week stumbled on for an eternity. I had a client trying desperately to close a complex merger that dragged on for many months. We worked long hours to try and get it closed by last Friday. That didn’t happen. In fact, it did not close until Wednesday of this week, which is why I am finally posting…

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"You are beautiful," he whispered to me.
"If you say so."
"Do ye not believe me? Have I ever lied to you?"
"That's not what I mean. I mean - if you say it, then it's true. You make it true."

# Permanent link to Beauty

Rember the Good Times

I arrived at my house this evening completely and entirely exhausted. Today sucked the energy from my body through a series of small, unpleasant, and stress-filled tasks. That happens sometimes. I didn’t even think I had the energy to write this post, but some dinner and decompression revived me somewhat. That said, consider this my…

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Evolution of a Book Proposal

Thursday of last week, I finally turned my revised book proposal for my non-fiction privacy and data security book to the agent who I have been working with. It took me almost three weeks to make the revisions we discussed, including a new title. Behold, NAVIGATING THE BREACH is now ANTI-THEFT ARSENAL. Along with the new name,…

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Because I had such a successful NaNoWriMo, and because I now have a new project on the horizon, I decided to take advantage of the Camp NaNoWriMo summer session and signed up to participate. I will be writing chapters for NAVIGATING THE BREACH (or whatever I rename it to) during April, rather than a novel. Camp NaNoWriMo…

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Navigating the Breach

My first draft of COMPENDIUM is almost complete. I have over 90,000 words written. I will likely finish the first draft in the next couple of weeks, but I have taken a break to write up a book proposal for a new non-fiction book that I have conceived titled NAVIGATING THE BREACH: AN ENTERPRISE GUIDE TO PROTECTING…

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I Won NaNoWriMo!

Well, today, I can finally publish a blog post without feeling guilty. It is Day 23 of NaNoWriMo, and I passed the 50,000 word mark! Yes, I won my very first time doing NaNoWriMo, and it feels great. I think the best gift NaNoWriMo has given me (apart from 50,000 words towards the first draft…

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Murakami and Mortality

I feel almost guilty taking a break from Compendium during NaNoWriMo to write this blog post about Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but I just finished it yesterday, and I want to get my thoughts out there while the book is still fresh in my mind. I have also read Kafka on the Shore by the same author,…

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Surgery Analogies FTW?

It’s day 14 of NaNoWriMo, and I’m totally physically exhausted. I am actually ahead in my writing by a couple of days, and it has not been too much trouble sustaining momentum, but I find that between a hectic work schedule and job that requires a lot of thinking and writing in the evenings, I…

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NaNoThon & Recap

Despite my reservations about being able to keep a pace of 1,667 words per day during November, I have have more or less been keeping up. This has been encouraging, although I have been pretty worried that this means my Thanksgiving holiday will be consumed with writing. Not that I don’t love to write, but…

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Merlin’s Beard!

This post doesn’t actually have to do with Merlin’s beard, but I have the phrase stuck in my head from re-watching a bunch of Harry Potter movies. This post is actually a recap of NaNoWriMo Day 1. I began writing promptly at midnight to try and get a bit of buffer in for the first…

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