Fowler’s Toad: He Chose Our Pond

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One night In May, I noticed a very loud sound from right outside our window. My husband, Dwight, has a fish pond right outside our kitchen door. The fish pond is used by our outdoor cat for drinking water. The sound was loud! So, on May 26, I whipped out my iphone and taped the ...

3 Reasons I Failed NaNoWriMo – and Why It’s OK

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I am a failure. I signed up for NaNoWriMo--again. And again--I failed to make 50,000 words. But I have good reasons. World Building. I did massive work this month on world building. Since I'm writing a science fiction novel, I needed to invent technology, figure out where to locate installations, design the installations to meet the needs of ...

Do You Fear Starting a New Novel?

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Today, I stare failure in the face. Today, I am scared. Today, I see possibilities as the possibility of failing. In other words, I have finished all my self-imposed deadlines on other projects and cleared my plate of other tasks, so that I can start a new novel. And it terrifies me. It's an ambitious project, something I expect ...