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Month: August 2018

Studiolog: Week of August 20th

I had all of these grand plans to write and be productive this weekend, and then we went and got a dog. I’ll tell the story another time, but this (still unnamed) boy is my dream dog. He looks exactly how I imagined, he came to me in exactly the kind of way I’d always imagined, and he doesn’t stink (??!?) and he doesn’t drool and he sleeps 16 hours a day and wants to…

Studiolog: Week of August 13th

What have the Shames been up to? Well, turns out fixing and/or customizing a car is more work than expected (just like production, how about that!), so that continues to steal the majority of our combined time and attention. Thankfully, Six is in fewer pieces than before and seems to be coming out of surgery A-OK. Since Six is going to chill for today before she can go see a mechanic tomorrow, that leaves today…

Secret emoji

Fine, this isn’t strictly a OneNote tip, but it can be kind of useful in OneNote as a form of tagging (if you don’t just want to use the normal tags). If you use Windows 10, and you’re current on all your updates, you might find this to be a fun way to add color (and searchable conceptual tags) to your OneNote pages – or just to your conversations, emails, and Photoshop documents. It’s a…

Learning from other writers

The first thing you learned from another writer, most likely passively, was by partaking in their unique way of telling stories. If you’re a writer today, you’ve spent your whole life until now learning from other writers. Writing is about shared meaning — through the spoken and unspoken agreements humans have about how the components of language work, as well as through the cultural movements that impact many aspects of a writer’s voice and life.…

The twin moons

I flicker the weak beam against the cornto find the moons, floating together.I call, and the twin moons come. The moons sail in to the ring of lightfrom the porch, a dock on a rustling sea.When I see rolling tongue and happy smileI call, “Good boy.”

Studiolog: Week of August 6th

Can I just brag about my lunches this week for a second? Oh geez. They were delicious. Little half-cups of this and that for a light, well-balanced meal. So much better than heavy Bellevue lunch food. Uhhhh, OK, that was a weird aside. Anyway, what have the Shames been up to? In some ways, it feels like hardly anything. It’s been really hot again, so we’ve all been trying to stay cool. On top of…

Sprout

Gary wasn’t forthcoming with an explanation. I could hear him shrugging over the phone. “I mean…I guess we just wore out our welcome with each other. Y’know?” I didn’t know. But I said I did. Gary waited a few seconds, said he hoped I got some sun this summer, and hung up. I went outside and laid in the pile of potting soil on the front lawn, a seed waiting to sprout into something beautiful.…

Some ways to write faster

Everyone these days wants to write more words. Or they want to teach you how to write more words. Either way, it’s kind of an ebook craze right now. I’ve been reading a bunch of those “write faster” books lately – partly for research and partly because, well, I do actually want to produce more words – and I decided to put together a few of my favorite tips from what I’ve read. These are…

Studiolog: Week of July 30th

This might be about the week of July 30th, but ’tis now my namesake month – my favorite, especially when everyone at work has to clarify that they didn’t mean “in August, in the month of August.” Anyway. What have the Shames have been up to? I just published my latest short story for The Accidental Magic Project: “Tea for Deux,” based very much on two of my dearest and oldest friends. This was a great example of…