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Writing linearly, and me


So you've kind of noticed that, unlike PA or ak, I'm all over the place with IA... inserting biggish hunks into the existing text, jumping ahead in the story to do a sequence at a Novel Marathon, saying I'm off to do research or straighten out my emotions, etc., etc. And possibly you are thinking, 'This way does not lend itself to weblit, at least the linear way you've been doing it, Karen."

So, confession time: this may seem hard to believe after the last five years, but -- I am not a linear writer.

*UPDATED* My Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014: Done!


July 16:

Okay.......... I think after sleeping about 10 hours last night I've gotten over the tiredness enough, not to mention got enough follow-up organizational work done, to do a full-length report.

Take the poll -- should the OOB scene be the prologue?


In a previous version of Book I of IA, I had the scene where Alexander's mother torturously sends him on an out-of-body journey as the prologue. Because in a way it's the true start of his life, and it is, of course, intense, a way to start the book off with a bang. It's also not what people would expect as the start of an Alexander "autobio."

Back on the front page of Daily Kos


Click here to see my latest work, done as usual for Darksyde's "This Week in Science" feature.

Larger, lighter version (click on the image to see it whole):

Courtroom drama


I don't know whether it's because of the Oscar Pistorius trial happening right now (have you ever wished so fervently that truth-drug existed in real life?) or what, but I got the hankering to put into one blogpost all the scenes in which Chevenga is, for one reason or another, in court. And the scenes surrounding them.

Waiver: By reading further and especially clicking links you hereby consent to significant and major story spoilerage.

Disclaimer: IANALBIHGCWA (I am not a lawyer but I have great characters who are).

"All rise..."

The blow that fate has struck upon you (Chevenga's theme song)


Long ago I wrote a longish blogpost about the music I listen to while writing. It's been many things over many years, mostly in the progressive rock/jazz/fusion/new age/world areas. I love music and... while I guess I could write without it, I would never want to. Music blasting into my head from the phones is part of what powers my creativity.

My Muskoka Novel Marathon 2014: planned!


Yesss! I've solved my what-to-write-at-the-Novel-Marathon-this-year problem.

Note: if you are a Muskoka Novel Marathon judge in the Adult category who wants to maintain manuscript anonymity, please do not click on the spoiler button below.

Everyone else, please do.

The adventures of SHEvengrrrl : what if Chevenga were female?


Late-joining reader and patron J corresponds with me by email, giving me his reactions as he works his way through the story. (As I write he’s around PA post 538.) About a week ago he asked me, “Did you ever think about making Che female?” No criticism intended, he added, just a fun thought.

“The monsters in my mind” (Raphi breakthrough)


[Caution: To prevent possible head explosion if you are absolutely resolute that homeopathy doesn’t work, clutch both temples firmly and repeat “This is anecdotal evidence!” in a tone similar to Dorothy saying “There’s no place like home” five times before reading and thereafter as needed.]

Meretricis smegma, or: more fun with Google Translate (Reader Challenge)


Long-time readers might recall a blogpost I wrote two or three years ago about the charms of mechanical translation as per Google Translate, which Ravenrux decried in the comments, but I prefer to cherish and celebrate.

Earlier today I updated the post to enlighten readers on what Google Translate says an Italian tweet, "que chevenga la chevecha anda chuve chive la chevechaa que che chuvee a la cabechaaa", means in English.*

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