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My Three Minutes

On Monday night, I finished the first work of fiction I’ve written in—well, decades, surely, at least since beginning graduate school (in history) in 1990, and probably for some years before. I’d long ago determined, you see, that fiction is just not my thing.

And the result is … 600 words long. That’s exactly the allowed maximum. (more…)


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Half time

Half time

Every. Single. Day.

That’s the challenge of NaNoWriMo — writing every single day. I’m just past the midpoint of the month — and the month’s writing challenge — in both time and word count. This means I’d like to take a moment — and, hopefully, a quickly-building word count — to reflect on what’s happened this month.

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A Gathering of Introverts

A Gathering of Introverts

This past Saturday – November 5th – I was able to answer the question: What happens if you bring together a bunch of introverts?

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It was a dark and stormy … month

It was a dark and stormy … month

The slogan: “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!”

November is coming, and the ever-shorter days mean that it’s time again for National Novel Writing Month – or “NaNoWriMo.” It’s a mostly- (but not entirely-)online assemblage of writers and non-writers and wanna-be-writers, who join a collective national effort to write, in the space of one November, a novel of 50,000 words.

Does it need to be a classic? Does it need to be good? Does it need to have any actual readers?

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My Three Minutes

On Monday night, I finished the first work of fiction I’ve written in—well, decades,...
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Half time

Every. Single. Day. That’s the challenge of NaNoWriMo — writing every single day. I’m...
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A Gathering of Introverts

This past Saturday – November 5th – I was able to answer the question: What...
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It was a dark and stormy … month

The slogan: “Thirty days and nights of literary abandon!” November is coming, and the...
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