Category Archives: in other words

The conflict is conflict

I am conflicted by conflict. (There’s a sentence for you.) As a person in my daily life I am not fond of it. I don’t seek it out, and I don’t want to try encouraging it. As a writer I … Continue reading

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Thoughts on good-byes*

(Just to clarify, I’m not going anywhere. The good-byes are more abstract, for me.) I’ve been thinking about good-byes a lot lately. Not just in a sad sense, though obviously there’s a huge element of that at play most of … Continue reading

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Cherry tree thoughts

(Or maybe I should call it cherrypicking? Sorry. Sorry.) I’ve been thinking a lot about fairytales again. Weird as it sounds, I’d blame the weather for it. Spring is a time of transition in my mind. Maybe it is for … Continue reading

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Oops

Just a quick update to say I’m not dead! I’ve definitely been having some on-again off-again health things (and the attendant anxiety that comes with said health things), but I do actually believe it’s all under control at this point. … Continue reading

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Another quick update

For various reasons, this has to be a quick entry. (Well, quick as I can usually make things — which, when unedited, is not very.) Most of this is related to health; I went to the doctor for a general … Continue reading

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Another weekly catchup

So, in true vacation style, I only got a few of the things done that I meant to. In review, I’d say it was about 50% successful in terms of “getting non-dayjob stuff done at all.” I managed to write … Continue reading

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Home again, home again

You can, in fact, go home again. (That’s where I am right now, in fact: my parents’ home, my childhood home, on the other side of the country from my usual home. My parents and I agreed a long time … Continue reading

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Characterization serendipity

While chatting with my roommates last week, we ended up discussing the idea of character serendipity — which we defined as that moment when a character (or characters) in a story have a consistent and interesting arc and personality, and … Continue reading

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Productivity recalibration

Phew, what a week! I slacked off, writing-wise, for most of this week. Partly because I had a belated Valentine’s Day date (we went out on Friday instead of Wednesday), but also because I was involved with some stuff with … Continue reading

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Romantic tropes (to name a few)

If the timing could have been worked out, I would do a post on Valentine’s Day itself to talk about romantic tropes that I enjoy in fiction, both in reading and writing. But I’m trying to keep this blog on … Continue reading

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Blowing Bubbles

Here’s a series of convoluted thoughts for you: commentary about Seattle weather led me to thinking about how social bubbles are so, so easy to fall into. The weather for the past week has been gray and overcast when it … Continue reading

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January Retrospective, February Prospective

2018 is (almost) one month down! Good job everyone, we’ve made it this far. (Or, I mean, I’ve done my best to muddle through. This has been a month of a lot of ups and downs, though at least nothing … Continue reading

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Anywhere but here (and back again)

The other day, a friend asked what one’s favorite and least favorite setting tropes in fiction. Just casually, the way one does on social media. And to be honest, that’s not something I think about very often or hard — … Continue reading

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The keyword is try

So far (knock on wood!) my resolution to write more in 2018 has been holding up! “It’s only been two weeks,” you might say, but considering how poorly 2017 as a whole went, I’ll take it. There have still been … Continue reading

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All my best laid plans

Nothing like getting sick to completely knock you down off your resolution high horse, huh? To be honest, it’s only knocked me off two days so far — I woke up Friday with the ticklings of a sore throat, which … Continue reading

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