Welcome to My Blue Screen
all you hard working writers, the ones who get up before everyone else to capture the perfect verse, use the internet at work to search for story markets, and burn the midnight oil, cold coffee at hand, hearts and fingers focused on Martian landscapes and princess warriors. Grab a beer, a seat, a cookie, and make yourself at home. Not only is it okay to talk shop here, it's encouraged!
I am your hostess. You can call me Betty, but I answer to Ang. I write primarily speculative fiction, and I blog about it here. Your comments are welcome, and yes, the cookies are fat-free.
MARCH/APRIL GROUP EFFORT WORD COUNT: 28,151 out of 100,000!
FEBRUARY GROUP EFFORT WORD COUNT: 60,333 out of 50,000…SLAM DUNK!
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I reread my last blog post. Seems like I lapse into article-speak every once in a while. I think it’s because it makes it easier to get ideas across when I’m not so personally attached to the information. I’m trying … Continue reading
So I decided that this year I would write 50 new short stories, which is pretty crazy considering I’ve written just about 30 in my entire life, not to mention I’m currently finishing up a complicated novel. Why am I … Continue reading
In Stephen King’s book “On Writing,” he writes, “I think that every novelist has a single ideal reader; that at various points during the composition of a story, the writer is thinking, ‘I wonder what he/she will think when he/she … Continue reading
In the entrepreneurial spirit of hanging a shingle, I have decided it’s time for me to establish a professional work space, one that doesn’t have mounds of laundry piled on it. Almost every book on writing I’ve ever read stresses … Continue reading
I have read a lot of books on writing throughout the years — A LOT of books on writing. It all sounded great, logical, reasonable. It all made sense. And yet, I never really got off my duff and did … Continue reading
This year I’m hanging out the shingle. Really. I know I’ve said it before, but this is the first year I file a tax return that lists my occupation as “Professional Writer.” There it is, thumb-tacked to my vision board: … Continue reading
Another Christmas, another season of last-minute stress shopping (“I’m sure Dad will love this $50 nose trimmer with attached flashlight and nail clippers.”); last-minute gift wrapping (“Whaddaya mean we don’t have any wrapping paper?”); and last-minute visits (“Did I mention … Continue reading
Slogging my way through the novel. It was so easy last month. It got a little gunky midway through, but now the going’s a little easier. I’m a bit past 67,000 words right now. Not really where I wanted to … Continue reading
I have just validated my word count (final official count: 50,113), been awarded this cool web badge, and downloaded my customizable certificate of weener-tude. I feels good. I feels real good. 🙂