Looking at a Story with Fresh Eyes

I'm a couple of chapters into the new novel. After I wrote the first chapter I was pretty okay with it. I knew it wasn't perfect but there was enough there for me to feel it was well within my ability to fix. After I went to sleep and looked at it the next morning …

Inanna’s Descent to the Underworld

"From the great heaven she set her mind on the great below. From the great heaven the goddess set her mind on the great below. From the great heaven Inanna set her mind on the great below. My mistress abandoned heaven, abandoned earth, and descended to the underworld. Inanna abandoned heaven, abandoned earth, and descended …

Finished Notes for New Novel, Still Hazy on Characterization

I finished the bulk of my notes for the new novel. I like what I have so far. I haven't reconciled the problem of having the story down without a firm grasp of the characters, but I believe I am making progress on that front as well. At any rate I hope I am making …

So you want to be a writer? Pro-tip: Always Expect the Unexpected.

Relative to my wail of angst yesterday I am taking another look at a project I started and abandoned last year.* It's a short story about a city undergoing a change between magic and the ascendency of science, and meanwhile there are are very terrible Jack the Ripper-type murders being committed. I didn't want this …