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Imprisonment. Slavery. War. Love. Suspenseful historical fantasy: duskpeterson.com

My writings: E-books, online fiction, and online nonfiction

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CURRENT CHALLENGES


(Original challenges slightly altered, because I never do things quite the way other folks do.)

One hour of writing a dayPledge to get offline 5 days a week100 DarkficsNaNoWriMo


PROGRESS METERS FOR 2015


Progress meters courtesy of Rikki A. Hyperion.


Wordage


17570 / 300000 (5.86%)


Manuscripts submitted to magazines and publishers


2 / 12 (16.67%)


New works published


0 / 12 (0.00%)


New collections of previously published stories


0 / 3 (0.00%)


Reissues (only if I have the time!)


0 / 12 (0.00%)

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This month's question that nobody ever asks me: What stages do I follow in writing a story?

Feb. 28th, 2015 | 07:42 pm

"More than anything else, I think writing is just a lot of fun. It's a great way to revisit that rollicking, playful space where we spent our days in as kids. Back then, making up stories was our chief occupation. Give a seven-year-old a blank piece of paper and a marker, they're good for hours. There are a lot of adventures and people and animals and kingdoms and trucks and battles and princesses in a piece of paper.

"Somewhere around adolescence, though, most of us stop visiting those imaginary worlds. We get self-conscious. We see that other kids are much better writers or artists than we are, so we cede that creative space to them. And they in turn cede it to others who are better still. The blank page stops being an invitation and becomes intimidating.

"But the impulse to create and make and dream is still with us. It doesn't go away. It just waits, patiently, for us to find a way back to it again. For some adults, it happens through art classes or music lessons. For me, it was through NaNoWriMo. However you get back there, it just feels pretty incredible when you arrive."

--Chris Baty.


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To those of you write: What are your stages of writing?

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Author Appearance: Free romance fiction conference at the Library of Congress (DC, Feb. 10-11)

Feb. 6th, 2015 | 10:39 pm

I'll be informally attending What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age on Wednesday, 11 February 2014, as well as the previous evening's film about the romance community and a social gathering for romance folks on the evening of February 11 (you have one hour left to sign up for the social gathering, if you're reading this as I post this). If you'll be attending any of these events also - or are simply in the DC area at that time - and would like to get together, just drop me an email.

(By the way, attending this conference requires me to stay two nights at my parents' house, sans humidifier, in the dead of winter. Wish my dry eyes luck; they're going to need it.)

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Daily life: My personal life, 2014 and 2015

Feb. 6th, 2015 | 10:36 pm

"If thoughts are chaos and rush and feeling are chaos and rush, then person will see chaos, hear chaos, spread chaos and call chaos in to them. With music in ears and phones and computers not the time to see. Not the time to feel, or be."

--A Sherpa in Rolf and Ranger's Silver Bullet Everest.


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Scribe Mozell (1958-2014): m/m author, fanfic writer, and early writer of original slash/het

Jan. 8th, 2015 | 10:38 am

I missed earlier announcements about this, so I only recently learned that Scribe (aka Scribe Mozell, Scribescribbles, and Miss Mozell) died last March 29 at the age of 55. I don't know the cause of death, but she had been in ill health for many years. She was a published m/m author but was best known for her fan fiction and for her original slash/het fiction, which dates back to at least the beginning of this century. (I'm not certain when she began posting her writings.)

I've linked at the bottom of this post to the death announcements and to her profiles and writings. (Her publisher's announcement of her death includes her offline name, which she never troubled much to hide; some of her writings contained both her offline name and one of her fan names. So I've linked to everything I could find.) But I'd like to say first what Scribe meant to me.

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Daily life: My professional life, 2014 and 2015

Jan. 4th, 2015 | 07:08 pm

"Author's note: Oh God, I don't know what came over me. I'll go iron my hands now."

--Maculategiraffe.


This post is divided into parts, the first part aimed at my readers, the second part aimed at my fellow writers. Those of you who are both can read both parts.


For my readers: What I did right and wrong in 2014Collapse )
For my readers: What I plan to do in 2015Collapse )
For my colleagues: What I did right and wrong in 2014Collapse )
For my colleagues: What I plan to do in 2015Collapse )


In order to achieve all of the above plans, I'm going to have to tackle my web addiction and my schedule. I'll write more about that in my next post, about my personal life last year and this year.

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FIC: Rain 5: Joy (Waterman)

Jan. 2nd, 2015 | 07:08 pm

This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). This is the final story in the cycle.

Has everyone here been able to find their way through the cycle? I had a plea for navigation help from one reader.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

He knew isolation. Still, it would be nice if he could make friends here.

Happy New Year!

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FIC: Rain 4: Happiness (Michael's House)

Jan. 1st, 2015 | 01:13 pm

This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). I'm posting one story each day through . . . well, January 2.

Sorry for being late with the fourth installment, folks. Like a lot of other people, I'm in the midst of a two-day professional crisis of dealing with VAT MOSS. I'll post the final story in this cycle tomorrow.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

There was a gate there, meant to keep out the likes of him and his companion, but nobody was guarding it at the moment.

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FIC: Rain 3: Hope (Life Prison / Commando)

Dec. 30th, 2014 | 12:38 pm

This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). I'm posting one story each day through New Year's Day.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

Before he did anything else, he shoved aside one of the leather sofas, moved the plush armchair so that it served as a partial shield, and then, first glancing out the window to be sure nobody was within sight, he took the mirror he had wrenched from the wall – the elegantly gilded mirror that he had wrenched from the mahogany wall – and placed it against the wall opposite him, tilting it so that he could see anyone approaching outside from the opposite direction.

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FIC: Rain 2: Love (Life Prison)

Dec. 29th, 2014 | 10:30 pm

This mini-cycle of five stories is a 2014 holiday gift for my readers. It's also written in response to the 50 Darkfics challenge (prompt #79: rain). I'm posting one story each day through New Year's Day.

Five boys. Five rainy days. Five opportunities for trouble.

The essence of Liege-Love Day was giving to others, so he would celebrate the day by giving a present to his sister.

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