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God Save the Quotes!

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God Save the Queen

I have a confession: I am a thief. You caught me. I extract what happens in my life to craft stories. I will gladly describe places I’ve visited and put them my stories, have my characters address problems I have faced (or my friends and family), or base chunks of dialog off real life conversations and one-liners. Of course, I dress those things up, maybe apply some foundation to further the disguise, and add a […]

Perfect Attendance

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I‘m drained. My eyes ache, my jaw hurts from popping every time I try to stifle a yawn, and my brain feels like it‘s been padded with wool. But I’m here. I sat in front of this damned keyboard as a small victory to celebrate my return to Creative Carnage after a two-and-a-half-year-long hiatus. Surprisingly, coming back after all that time to write a blog post has the same dynamic as when I’ve been writing […]

MIA. . .

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I’m on hiatus from Creative Carnage until December 2017. My life’s circumstances have pared down my time for writing projects to the bare minimum. What remaining time I have goes straight to working on my short story collection. I’ll be back for the holiday season cheer! Until then. -A

Should I Quit?

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I am struggling with writing my novel right now, and it’s been difficult to scuttle through this particular rough patch. Luckily, it occurred to me that one of the ways I could inch myself up this uphill, winding road is to write my way out of it and get to the root cause. And I don’t think there is enough in the writing blogosphere that is written when things aren’t going well for the writer. […]

Fueling the Creative Tank

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Shuttle Creative Fuel

I‘ve been in that sort of year in review mode, thinking about the topics I have chosen to write about on the blog this year and if they were in line with the original vision I had for Creative Carnage. When I first started the Carnage in the summer of 2013, I had this image in my head that all my posts would be about writer’s block. Not only how to recognize it in all […]

Where I’m at in life. . .

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. . .I’ll order a book light to read books at night in bed so I don’t wake up my boyfriend with obtrusive lamps before I buy a replacement for my toothbrush on the fritz. Priorities are in check. Other than that, I’ve been chugging along with world building for my current sci-fi novel, and I should have a post out by the end of this week or early next week. It will be the […]

State of Mind

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Cleansing State of Mind

Writing feels an awful lot like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. One with a several thousand piece count—minimum. And the pieces aren’t precut at all. I have to jerry-rig them by picking and choosing things from my environment and sharpening those people, experiences, and settings into prose, bit by bit. It’s one big mind game for me. When everything aligns, it’s an amazing high and makes me feel like I’m assembling an epic story. Characters […]