At long last, NaNoWriMo has come to a close. And you know what? I did it. It was hard, and there were many nights where I wanted to give up. But now that I’m on the other side of this, convinced I’m a complete hack … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2016: Victory!
Yes, NaNoWriMo is halfway over, and yes, I have reached 25,000. And the experience has been enlightening in its own way, especially in the past week.
The key to NaNo is to write, no matter what. Since the goal is quantity, the approach is to simply write as many words as possible, regardless of how good they turn out. This is an easy strategy, in theory, but it’s a little more difficult in practice. (more…)
So far so good. A routine has been established and momentum is building. So far, being over-prepared has helped immensely in getting me in the right mindset to start. Hopefully, the trend will continue.
Pro tip: make yourself a plan for what you want to write throughout the day. If your writing time is significantly divided (or, like me, you write during your lunch hour), set yourself small writing goals that can be completed and added together when you have more time.
I’m not sure where to start with this one, so I guess we’ll start with the premise. In Tokyo, in Los Angeles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands . . . an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global … Continue reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton
This is another one of those books that’s lauded as a master work and has been widely acclaimed for years.Strap yourselves in, this is going to be a long one. To start positive, I felt the book had two key strong points: its battle strategies … Continue reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
There’s no sense in doing a traditional review of a book like this, so instead I’m going to take a brief look at this classic, highly influential piece and try to discuss what we can learn from it. Obviously there’s more to it than I’m … Continue reading i, Robot by Isaac Asimov
As I’ve mentioned before, this is my favorite novel. It’s strange that it is, since I rarely read literary fiction or romance. What initially drew me to it was the historical and cultural slant, since Japanese culture has always fascinated me. But what makes it … Continue reading Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden