Halloween is today, which means the big parade hits the neighborhood tonight and we'd better make sure we get off the subway on the east side of Sixth Avenue or we'll be stuck behind the barricade and forced to walk, costumeless, fifteen blocks to make it across to the other side. (We know this from … Continue reading My Favorite Witch
Think of me as if I've just gone blind, pushing my way into a room with my arms held out. I'm feeling for obstructions, seeking pathways, needing to know when I'm good and when I'm in danger. The end table is there, so you tell me to turn left. A potted plant is coming up … Continue reading Tell Me
I just, not five minutes ago, typed the last word of my novel. The last word on the last page—though it's a first draft, so the last word will surely change once I get my hands on it and start editing. I also have to add a missing chapter to the middle. I hope it's … Continue reading The Last Word, Except Not
I wish I could do NaNoWriMo again this year. Fact is, my deadline for this first draft is November 15, and I will need every moment up until probably 11:59 of that day to have this ready to be seen by other human beings who are not my poor husband made to read my early … Continue reading I Wish…
Write on Wednesday asks: Do you make time to write every day? Don’t you think everybody should? I used to not write every day. My excuse was that I had a full-time job, and there was no point in writing only an hour before work, an hour was nothing. And when I got home from … Continue reading Every Day
I have printed. Well, I've printed what I have so far. I am not yet done with the first draft—must finish the scene in chapter 19, one more short end-note of a chapter to go at the end, one or two more chapters to insert into the gaping hole I left in the middle... not … Continue reading Isn’t She* Pretty?
I have today and tomorrow off from work. These are the last of my vacation days for 2008 and were meant to be used for an anniversary trip. I had an island in mind, dipping my toes in the Caribbean or the Pacific, frozen strawberry drinks galore, walking on the beach, long perfect days spent … Continue reading What I Did on My Staycation
Hi, my name is Nova. I am five feet tall. I want to be a published author. My favorite color is dark blue. I am currently less than a month away from the day my novel is due. Maybe some of you are wondering how I'm doing. Maybe a few of you think I've already … Continue reading How Am I Doing?
Confession time. There is a thing I like to do, a very, very bad thing. I like to go to fancy hotels we can't really afford—for holidays, for special occasions. I like to pretend I'm supposed to be there, in that room, wearing that plush monogrammed robe, on that deliciously comfortable bed, perusing the room-service … Continue reading Fantasy Night
I met and fell in love with E—my first and only love—fifteen years ago when I was just a kid, really. I barely knew a thing when I met him, but I knew I wanted to be with him. October 16 is the anniversary of the day we made our being together official. That was … Continue reading When You Just Know