Taking the Nuclear Option – Draft 6

July 26th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Draft number six. It’s going to be draft number six, almost to a complete nuclear restart so I can write this story properly with an outline, better direction, a more robust setting, and a thorough knowledge of the characters who inhabit my world. It’s going to require patience and persistence. It will mean an understanding [...]

Recommended Reading – Part 1

July 24th, 2014Posted by Veronica

One week ago, I followed up my request for book titles here on the blog with a request for titles for writers. I specifically asked people to recommend books that they’ve used in their courses, and that request was answered with a flood of titles that I intend to peruse over the next year. While [...]

Rewrite for the Better

July 21st, 2014Posted by Veronica

Last night, I knew I had to fix some continuity errors in Hollow. There were some inconsistencies in how I represented the Fallen versus the creatures from the abyss, and who could be used for a collection. The more I wrote about the different groups and how they existed on the earthly plane, the better [...]

Metacognition and Learning the Craft

July 14th, 2014Posted by Veronica

In my dayjob, I teach students how to improve their study skills and academic habits. I wrap up a lot of those techniques under the guise of time management, which is a big bandage for the problem of prioritization and choosing an appropriate path. Most of the class involves the concept of metacognition, which dictionary.com [...]

Summer Travel Rundown

July 11th, 2014Posted by Veronica

The roadtrip known as the Great Canadian Vacation With Bonus Stops is nearly at an end. On Tuesday, we started our trip back from Quebec to return to our home in central Florida. One rooftop carrier, two parents, three kids, and a whole lot of luggage… and by the end of this trip, we will [...]

Thoughts on Writing and Traveling

June 29th, 2014Posted by Veronica

For me, writing and traveling are an all-or-nothing pairing. Sometimes, it’s very easy for me to make the time to write in between an early breakfast and a late meeting, or it’s the perfect way to spend time while others nap and recover in the afternoon. Other times, it’s a trial to make it to [...]

One Does Not “Make” Time

June 18th, 2014Posted by Veronica

I’ve talked about time management before in my blog posts, but there have been a few posts over on Facebook in both writing and narration groups about how people fit in their words around their daily commitments. Some are curious as to how others write while managing family, work, or school; a question came up [...]

And on the 500th Day

June 8th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Today marks the 500th day of my writing every day, thanks to the use of the Magic Spreadsheet (all hail the Magic Spreadsheet).  The practice of writing a minimum number of words each day and logging it as public record has kept me honest in my writing and forced me to keep working, even if [...]

Another Voice to Add: #YesAllWomen

June 5th, 2014Posted by Veronica

I keep backspacing over my thoughts regarding #YesAllWomen when it comes to Facebook and my Twitter feed. I know that I want to say something, but I’m not sure if what I could say would matter, or if it would get me in trouble with my dayjob, or if I would lose listeners or followers [...]

Getting Over the Fear of “Again?”

June 3rd, 2014Posted by Veronica

The first five months of this year have been nothing less than wildly successful when it comes to voiceovers and narration. One season of Secret World Chronicle, the podcast of the novel Broken, fullcast lines for Crudrat and Hidden Harbor Mysteries, short stories for a whirlwind of fiction magazines and private projects, and two finished [...]