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Close Reading 4 of 12 (Environment as a Character in Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation) + National Indie Excellence Award 2015!

Well, the three deals I was working on at work finally closed this week, and my second module of my MFA wrapped up on Sunday, so I finally feel like I can breathe again. I actually had a migraine today. It happens sometimes when I’ve been under massive stress and it suddenly dissipates. My mom…

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COMPENDIUM Available for Preorder!

Releases on May 5, 2015! I have pretty much announced this everywhere but here, so I’m glad to announce that COMPENDIUM is finally available for preorder! It goes into copyediting in 5 days with editor Angela Brown. You can order it in paperback from my site alialuria.com as well as ebook at Amazon. If you are international,…

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Long Lost Update

I know I start every blog post this way, but it’s been a while since I posted! Work has been screamingly busy, and I have been exhausted. I was fully and completely prepared to participate in NaNoWriMo 2014, but sadly, I only wrote 237 words total in November. Pathetic. That said, at least I can…

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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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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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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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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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NaNoWriMoNerves

NaNoWriMo is coming! T-minus 4 days and counting. I am pretty nervous, especially since I have already been falling behind on my manuscript as it is. I am not even through the end of Act 1, which is where I should be at this point. In my defense, I have been recovering from a wicked…

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Compendium Excerpt

Even balled into tight fists, she was sure that her shaking hands betrayed her fear and rage. Mia Jayne stood before the representatives of the Order of Vis Firmitas, her eyes taking in the rough-hewn walls of the chamber, the dim yellowy glow of the gourds resting in their sconces, the somber, coarse robes, craggy…

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Odds and Ends

Recently, I have had a lot going on. I have been hard at work on my Compendium outline, fleshing out more of the first novel’s plot. It is coming together nicely, and I am confident that I will have a working outline in the next twenty days or so. I will try to flesh out as…

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