I sort of “fail” at NaNo every year. If you note my ticker, this year was like many past years. First week strong, second week loses steam. Third week it seems like half of the people around me have already “won” NaNoWriMo and the other half have given up, but I’m still plodding along, hopelessly behind, but stubbornly valiant. Then the fourth week, my husband’s birthday and Thanksgiving destroys the universe. So I got 26,000 words accomplished this NaNo. But you see, for the whole previous month of October, I only wrote 5000 words. Do you see how I can’t possibly consider this a failure? So I don’t think anyone who attempts NaNo and gets a good amount of work done can really fail. The way I see NaNo, it doesn’t have to be about banging out 50,000 words of sludge. I didn’t get that many, but the days I did … Continued
On a spur of whimsy, an offhand comment on twitter today, I made the decision to quit trying to market my books. And more importantly, to quit caring. It was directly linked to the impending release of Sims 4, and this makes perfect nerdy sense, lol! Let me explain…
You know, as if I write any posts with words anymore anyway, lol! I drew Jodie. I think I might make a bookmark out of her or something. Jodie stepped to the center of the room with a frown, and Piper held the fabric to her body. With the yellow tulle draped over her shoulder, in all this light, her skin looked deathly sallow. “Oh, Jodie.” Piper shook her head in disappointment. “You can’t wear buttercream.” Jodie turned back to Amelia, and Amelia covered the grimace on her face. It was true. Jodie couldn’t wear that shade – not if she wanted to look alive, anyway.
New Short Story, Now Available on Amazon!!! US UK CA DE (If you require something other than Kindle format, write to me at laura.rae.amos (at) gmail.com, and we can work something out. ) A kooky and hopeless young woman recounts the spectacularly awful rise and fall of her first real relationship. Spanning five years of earnest loyalty to this young man, she discovers the truth about sex, religion, life, and herself, interspersed with memories of all the other boys who stole her heart for a short time. For fans of contemporary stories of first love and growing up, “All the Other Boys” is darkly comical, truthfully disappointing, and ultimately triumphant. This is a stand-alone SHORT STORY at 6600 words (about 25 pages). ~~~ Surprise! I know this one came out of nowhere! This story was hardly, if at all, on my list of planned WIPs. I was just working happily … Continued
#1: Milo Greene, “1957″. I can’t get enough of this song or this band. Haunting, dreamy, and nostalgic. Makes me want to write a story. And the whole album has me quite entranced. Check it out. One reviewer said, “like roots rock has been mixed together with dream pop.” Yes! A bit short for $9, but all the songs are good! #2: Passenger, “Feather on the Clyde”. The most breathtaking dude with his guitar you’ll ever hear. I also own his whole album, Little Lights. Beautiful, beautiful album! Much recommended! This lovely acoustic solo performance of “Feather on the Clyde” is not on the album, sadly. The album version is good too, but it loses some of that deeply affecting simplicity of the solo version. You might have also enjoyed “Let Her Go”, which you get with this album too. #3: Delta Rae, “Bottom of the River.” Holy … Continued
I will bestow upon you the knowledge of the most genius thing the internet has ever taught me: how to keep slugs off your strawberries. You see, the bastards like beer even more than they like strawberries. You fill a tuna can with beer, and dig a little hole so that it’s level with the soil. The little drunken idiots will toss themselves right into it! It’s like a pool of alcohol and death! Drown, bastard slugs! Drown! The plastic forks are to keep the strawberries up off the ground, to make it harder for any stray slugs who weren’t tempted by the beer. But it looks like they all were, lol! Who knew slugs were such alkies? I was really surprised at how well this works! You can see the fat one in there, but there are also about eight more smaller ones too. This is after two nights. … Continued
For my final piece in the Senseless Challenge, week 5, I’m sharing the very first chapter of my upcoming Nine Nights with the Studly Buddha, in its entirety. Which is possible because it’s a very short chapter at just about 1000 words. This is Corbin’s first girlfriend, Raine. Mololla, Oregon. 1993. They both lie on their backs on top of the sheets. She was naked. He was naked. It was July, the summer after high school graduation, in that mid-summer heat that made skin perpetually sticky and slick. Her room smelled musky, the scent of pot, sweat, and condoms. Raine had a joint in one hand and the other traced absently down Corbin’s long torso, lean and chiseled hard. She’d never been with a virgin before him, wondering if it would even make a difference in a man. It did, but only the first few times. She’d never dated a … Continued
A few words: this is one I copied from another drawing for class, so it seems kind of bad etiquette to post the whole drawing. I drew it, but it’s not really “mine” if that makes sense. Anyway, I finished it! There were SO many feathers on this owl! I gave up on my first few owls I tried because the feathers just kicked my ass, but this one was good practice.
For week 4 of the Senseless Challenge, I’m sharing a bit from my working draft of Leila’s story, A Thousand Simple Truths. I’m not sure where exactly this will show up in the final draft of the book, but I’ve always wanted to find a place for it somewhere in there. I was in a silly mood when I first wrote it, and an even sillier mood when I revised and enriched it. Every book needs a bit of levity. In second person because I’m a rebel! You know you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You know this. But you’re not eating any cake. You’re just thinking about it, considering it, leaning in to test the aroma. And it smells, so, so good. It could be your new favorite kind of cake, a flavor you never knew existed and wouldn’t have known how to look for before … Continued
I hope this doesn’t blow anyone’s mind, lol! I’m tweeting all the time about my 23-or-something books in progress. This is to let you know that I’m totally not joking. For a while I was talking about Leslie’s story, which I thought was going to be the next book out the door, but Leslie is being difficult, so now I think Corbin’s book will be next. If any of you remember, both Leslie and Corbin were secondary characters in Exactly Where They’d Fall — Leslie had a much smaller part as one of Drew’s cousins, and Corbin played a larger role in the story as Amelia’s friend. You even got to meet Leila in EWTF, though you’ll probably remember her as Corbin’s friend, “the earthy brunette”. Leila’s book will likely be finished soon after Corbin’s book is done. I’ve been meaning to append a note to the back of EWTF … Continued