no shrinking violet

words by e. spalding

I finished the first first draft of the first chapter of a novel this morning! Word count currently sitting at a very modest ~6,500 words, with so very many left to go before the finish line is even in sight, but I think what I am most proud of with this particular accomplishment is how …

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I’ve convinced myself I’m somehow accountable to my readers for the time I spent not working on this blog, or my projects, over the last several months. I’m well aware of my tendency to project my own negative opinions about myself and my work ethic onto the feelings of others, which is an irrational tendency that …

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Since writing the excerpt below, my vision for this world and the characters within it has changed considerably. Even in this iteration of the narrative, the characters and the story itself are different from what I envisioned in November of 2013. But I want to celebrate writing that I am proud of, and part of …

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I have an Idea. …That’s an understatement. I’ve actually got any number of ideas cooking at any given time, but most of them just hang out on the back burner. But anyway, about this particular idea:  Witches in the city. What sort of life would a trainee witch experience living in a run-down urban tenement? What work …

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