Adventures in Research

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    NaNoWriMo Week 2: Onward and Upward!

    The second full week of NaNoWriMo has come and gone, and I have a couple confessions to make. 1) I am waaay behind on my NaNoWriMo project. 2) I’m actually kind of okay with that. Here’s what’s been going on. I recently got an idea for an entirely new flash fiction piece about 1700 words long, and have spent the last few weeks drafting it, revising it, and polishing it up. It takes place in a fantasy-version of Iceland a long, long time ago. I’m submitting it for the first time today, so wish me luck! I’ve been trying to keep up with The Island Book as well, adding 600…

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    NaNoWriMo Week 1: Aerial Silk Classes!

    Once a year, the writers of the world rally together in attempt to each write fifty-thousand words in one month. It’s called NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month. It’s an exercise in both writing prolifically, but also in camaraderie. Along the way, we’re treated to pep talks from amazing authors, and everyone who reaches 50k “wins.” I made my first NaNoWriMo attempt in 2012, learned a few lessons, and successfully reached 50k when I tried again in 2013. I didn’t come back to it because, well, it’s a time-suck and the manuscript I wrote in 2013 was too rushed to create any usable material. I felt like NaNoWriMo was a…

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    Adventures in Research: Bad Luck Bananas

    I’ve researched a lot of random things in the name of my writing. To my left is a bookshelf with titles on it such as: The Conlanger’s Lexipedia, The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, Science and Society in the 16th and 17th Centuries, the Crystal Bible, Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of a Persian Princess from the Harem to Modernity, The Secret Life of Plants, and — my personal favorite — Barbecued Husbands. You can tell a lot by looking at people’s bookshelves. Particularly if they’re a total weirdo or not. The thing is, even though the research is done for my book, it often just translates into a familiarity with…