A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #3

Well, it’s (un)official:  Last Saturday, after two marathon writing sessions and just one day after last week’s update, I passed the 50,000-word goal.  That’s seventeen days early, and two days earlier than I crossed the finish line last year.  It feels epic. And it happened right on time, too, because I spent the day after … More A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #3

A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #2

This week I’m just posting one long section from my NaNoWrimo novel.  I’ve been writing all over the place this week, but I’ve finally gotten into the meat (or the blood?) of the story concept, and this passage–a bit expository, I know–sort of encapsulates that concept.  (Plus it’s a nice glimpse of how fringe-nutty my … More A Writer’s Notebook: NaNoWriMo update #2

A Writer’s Notebook: Found poem (from Nizar Qabbani)

I’m in Dubai this weekend, visiting friends.  Yesterday, I spent part of my day on the Dubai campus of Zayed University, where, in a hallway leading to the campus library, I found a row of large, framed prints, each bearing–in Arabic and in English–lines of poetry. The lines all come from existing poetry, but they … More A Writer’s Notebook: Found poem (from Nizar Qabbani)

A Writer’s Notebook: Our Band Could Be Your Lit

This week the writer’s notebook will get delayed.  That’s not because I’m not working, but because I’m working toward something.  I’ve agreed to write a guest-blog story for Our Band Could Be Your Lit, so I’m using this week’s Notebook to work on that.  But the story won’t get posted until Sunday (and probably won’t … More A Writer’s Notebook: Our Band Could Be Your Lit

A Writer’s Notebook: “Casting a Wide Net”

This week, another exercise from Scott McCloud’s Making Comics. In this exercise, McCloud asks us to create a cast of characters that share one trait (from a list of traits–see below) but are different in at least four other ways. These academics are my four characters (in the order I wrote them). Sandra: 45, a … More A Writer’s Notebook: “Casting a Wide Net”