Archive for the ‘writing’ Category


And on Day 688

December 13th, 2014Posted by Veronica

688 days. After I finish this entry, I’ll have put down over 510,000 words over the span of those days. Some have gone to first drafts, others to second or sixth drafts. Some have gone to the stories for the last of the Secret World Chronicle books. Some have gone to outlines and character studies […]

On to December’s Wordcount

December 1st, 2014Posted by Veronica

And so, December has arrived. Two more weeks of the semester until Fall 2014 comes to a close, and I can begin looking at the Spring semester and all it will hold. As I type this, it is twenty-four days until Christmas, which means that it will be about twenty-two days until I get to […]

November Already? Really?

November 9th, 2014Posted by Veronica

It would appear that the last “public” post I made on the blog happened in the middle of October. According to all of the calendars at my disposal, we’re nearly a third of the way into November, and lots of things have happened since that last post. While some challenges have come up, most things […]

Mid-October News and Updates

October 21st, 2014Posted by Veronica

I’m overdue for an update over on the Magic Spreadsheet. It’s not that I haven’t been writing; far from it, as I’ve made time each day to work on a story outline or put down more words for the early draft of book five for Secret World Chronicle. At the moment, I have no less […]

End of September Status Update

September 30th, 2014Posted by Veronica

With October starting up and another cycle of projects in the mix, I figured it was time for an update of sorts with respect to creative projects and academia. If anything, it keeps me honest and provides a point of reference for people who wonder if I really am *that* busy (and why I can’t […]

The Creative (and busy!) Professional

September 12th, 2014Posted by Veronica

Keeping things professional is a priority for any person who wants to be successful in the independent creative sphere. When it comes to authors and narrators, this comes up time and again. Doing a long-term project such as a book series or a multi-season podcast requires professional interaction with readers/listeners, but it’s a challenge when […]

567, but what comes after?

August 15th, 2014Posted by Veronica

The academic life – well, my academic life – resumes when the fall semester starts next Monday. The summer will be officially gone, and I will shift to the combined endeavors of studying for exams and writing my dissertation proposal. I have already contacted my professors to set things in place so that I can […]

Less Thinking, More Doing

August 2nd, 2014Posted by Veronica

I got through one week of exercises on The Artist’s Way, a week full of morning pages and affirmations and reflective exercises. The notebook, with more than twenty pages of my handwriting testament to my reflections on writing and creativity, has come with me to work. But, like many adventures in upping my creative game, […]

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 […]