Meet the 2015 NaNoWriMo MLs for Christchurch

As many Christchurch participants of NaNoWriMo already know, Lady Talia has stood down as the Municipal Leader for our region. She has contributed much to NaNo over the years, but is now looking forward to spending time with some of her other writing friends in other regions. How Lady Talia managed on her own for such a large community of writers, one will never know.Read More

Where are the toilets in fiction?

In a recent critique of one of my fictional works, a major plot hole was pointed out to me that involved toileting of all things. You read that right, folks. I had an issue related to the poohs and wees.

So here’s the scenario: two warriors are being held prisoner, their hands and feet bound. Within the original story timeline, they were bound for two weeks, but at least were feed and watered. Not once did the narrative mention anything about the characters being allowed to relieve themselves.Read More

A Quake to Change Your World: 7 Years On

The low rumble barely registered in her subconscious. The small shakes of the bed were enough to pull her from her sleep.

"Great," she mumbled. "Gijs is having another asthma attack."

With a sudden jolt, the bed jumped across the floor and banged into the wall. The teddy bears and dolls tumbled through the air.

Her eyes flew open, able to see clearly in the darkened room. The roar filled the ears and the walls moved sideways. Beside her, her husband snorted.

"My god, he's still asleep!" She swung her arm out as hard as she could on the bucking bed and hit him in his stomach.

"What… What is—"

"It's an earthquake!"

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7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge

I’m not normally one for chain letters, but I seem to be completely swept up in the excitement that is #PitchWars, hence when I was challenged to the 7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge, I had to accept. (Thanks Andrea Contos.)

Here’s how it works: You go to your WIP (work-in-progress for my non-writer readers) and find page 7, move down 7 lines, and post the next 7 lines in a blog post. Because no chain letter is complete without peer pressure, you then tag another 7 writers to do the same.Read More