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Thursday, March 5th, 2009
more about beginnings

So on my sfnovelists post, someone asked the following in the comments. It’s such a great question, but I don’t know that I have a great answer. I am, however, going to take a stab at it. I would like for all of you to jump in, though.

The question:

Diana I find I start writing but on the first edit after I’ve finished the first draft I will eliminate up to 7 chapters at the beginning because I’ve mainly written backstory. I don’t know why I do this, but it happens every time even if I plot the story out in its entirety. The first couple of chapters lets me get into my characters heads and then the story takes off from there. Don’t know how to break this habit. Do you have any suggestions?

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Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Under Construction

I’m in the process of rebuilding my site, so check back often to see what I add.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
Family additions

Here are the two family additions. Took the pics by phone, so the quality isn’t great.

First up is Voodoo:

voodoo

Second up is Viggo:

viggo

Monday, March 2nd, 2009
On beginning a novel

I have a post up on starting a novel at Sfnovelists if you want to have a look.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009
coming at you from wordpress

So. I’m working on a new website. Long story short, I can’t upload my old one to my new host and wordpress has a lot of flexibility. So I’m learning how to use it. If you go to my website, you’ll see my progress so far. It isn’t actually much, and it’s rather plain looking, but it’s huge steps from a couple of days ago. Thanks to Ilona and Kenna for helping me so much. I plan to keep posting at lj for my primary blog. Stuff that I want to have on the website, too, I’ll mirror over.

I’m trying to reaquaint myself with css and html code so that I can tinker. That’s working fairly well. Figuring out the wordpress code is a bit more interesting. But I’m getting there. Anyhow, that’s the update for the nonce.

Friday, February 27th, 2009
Building a new site

I’m in the process of building a new website using wordpress. I’m a newbie at WordPress, so have patience. Soon all the content of my old site and more should be available.

In the meantime, my blog is here ), if you want to know more about what I”m doing.