Just trimmed my synopsis down from 2 paragraphs to 1 sentence.

Saman Jahandar is reading a book she wrote thousands of years before she was born in a desperate attempt to figure out how her missing classmate ended up dead in her book.

Are there lots of other things I can add? Of course! But that, right there, captures what drives my book.

I kind of feel like a rock star right now.

Might celebrate with some fancy tea.

Livin’ large, folks!

Livin’ large.


Today has been one of those days. One of those very, very good days.

I had a chance to chat with my college roommate about some really deep ideas, and I finally figured out my antagonists. I’ve had a loose idea of what my antagonists were up to for a long time, but it always came back to plain old world domination.

And that’s boring.

I wanted to know why. Why were these people after world domination. Sure, some people go for world domination just for the power, but I knew there was more to what was making my antagonists tick.

As George RR Martin says, “A villain is a hero of the other side.”

Life is full of grey areas.

Next Steps

It’s a funny thing when you let your story stew for a while. I think some people see stories as static. If you don’t actively work on them for a while, they just sit there.

Not so!

With everything that’s happened in my life over the last year, I haven’t written much. But my story has been through innumerable changes. The biggest shift being that it’s gone from being more fantasy focused to having a heavier time travel element.

That’s a massive shift.

It’s going to take me time to rework everything, but all of the work I did before isn’t wasted. I have literal boxes full of source material. Even though I haven’t been able to write prose, I’ve been working on character development.

I love working on character development.

One of my favorite things with writing is when I have strong characters and a general outline for a scene. Then, I can just throw my characters into the moment and “watch” what they do.

Next up?

I need to get a more detailed idea of what my bad guys are up to!

DITL – NaNo Burnout

*DITL = Day In The Life. Also known as: Random thoughts on the writing life.

Near the end of this year’s NaNoWriMo, I had a terrifying realization: I need to change my story’s ending. 

I thought about winging it. It didn’t seem too daunting because I know a lot about my characters and the detailed big picture behind the story. But, the idea of winging it went out the window pretty quickly. Just shy of the climax, I had to slam on the breaks because one of my minor characters threw a wrench into things.

He’s a villain. 

Messing with my life is part of his job.

Basically, this guy is an old war hero. By old, I mean he’s in his late 800s. He’s about to tell someone off by listing his fantastical deeds on the glorious fields of battle, which meant I needed to have dates and locations for important battles throughout the last 800 years of history. The last millennium of history is full of major battles, so I also needed to know where this character would be and why. Which meant I needed to know more about this (pain in the butt) minor character.

My writing came to a grinding halt.

While I was as taking a break for research, I decided to do a little side reading so I could glean a few tidbits of wisdom before I rewrote the climax. Climaxes are kind of important.

So, I grabbed a book. It was awesome. I read it through in two days and – what have we here? – found a list of recommended books in the appendix! One thing lead to another, and I am currently reading book #4.

And it’s good.

I also cleaned up my writing files, printed off a bunch of helpful worksheets, and worked on detailed character profiles and scene charts. 

Am I procrastinating? 


I know what needs happen in the new climax, but I’m not ready to write it yet. There are still a few nuances and possible plot holes I need to work out first.

Thing is, NaNoWriMo was amazing, but I ended November feeling kind of burned out.

The recent break I’ve taken has been a much needed breath of air. I feel like the creative embers are starting to glow again. I don’t need a roaring flame, but I don’t want to craft a new climax in burnout mode.

I’ll get there.

I can feel it. I’m getting restless and the concepts banging around in my head are starting to reach a fever pitch. Pretty soon, I’ll have no choice but to throw some ink down and see how everything plays out on the page.

I’m Back!

Cue dramatic entrance music! Stage lights! And… all that other stuff!

I’m sure none of the above is necessary, but I write my blog for the sake of writing my blog. So, dear blog, I’m sorry I abandoned you.

I’m back.

My twitter is tweeting silly things again.

My Facebook is… not doing much again.

But more importantly, I’m doing it all better. Continue reading