Roundup: November 2017

It's been a pretty successful month in this here corner of the Interwebs! I got my Patreon campaign up and running and even got FOUR WHOLE PATRONS (one of whom isn't related to me!). Seriously, though, I think it's a good start and I'm hopeful I can grow that number in the coming months. Anyway, here are some highlights from November:

Upcoming Publications:

"Muddy" will be featured at Flash Fiction Magazine on January 7, 2018

"The Spider And The Honeybee" will be featured at Fterota Logia, date TBD

Free "Grammar Bites" 

Learn about subject verb agreement and misplaced modifiers on my Patreon Page! These mini grammar tutorials will be posted every month and will always be free to the public. 

Free Sample Chapters

Chapters of my works in progress are Patron-only, but I have one teaser chapter each for A Garden of Light and Shadows and In The Dark Of The Moon to get you started. Have a look and see which story grabs you! 

Garden, Chapter One

Dark, Chapter One

Wrapping Up "12 Weeks To First Draft" Course From Writer's Digest

I'm in week 12 of my first ever online writing class, and I have some mixed feelings. On the one hand, it's definitely useful to have a firm weekly deadline. On the other, I'm not sure how much I got out of it. I envisioned something a bit more interactive and at least video lectures like the previous workshop I signed up for with Writer's Digest. But the "lectures" were text and had been recycled many times and used by several different teachers so that sometimes the assignments as written didn't quite mesh with the teacher's intentions. The other problem was that, with twelve weeks and 2,500 word assignments, you're getting less than halfway through your first draft unless you skip around. 

The main benefit of this course is the opportunity to receive feedback on your writing. For me, it was a little frustrating because what I really need is guidance regarding the overall plot, pacing, etc. What I got was a small amount of big picture advice and a lot of "you repeated this word" and "don't use the word 'it' so much" and other cleanup type stuff that, frankly, I'm not that worried about in the Very First Draft. Why polish something that's probably going to end up looking very different, anyway? I'm sure it will be somewhat useful down the road, but I was a little disappointed with the ratio of big picture advice to copy-editing level advice. In the future, I think I'm going to take my money right to an editor so that I can specify what kind of feedback I'm looking for. 

But onward and upward! I've gotten through Act One of Dark and hopefully I'll be able to crank out a lot of material during the Christmas dearth of students (no one wants to do exam prep over the holidays--shocking, I know).