January 5, 2020

Reader, I did it. As planned, I completed the third draft of my (long-ass, megalomaniac) novel. I took out a character. I worked on consistency in arcs and scenes. I toned down nuns and amped up the villain. And I reinstated a scene I just couldn't say goodbye to - fan...

November 4, 2019

Finish the damn thing.  Observant readers will remember that that's my objective for the last quarter of this year. A lofty ideal! And also about time.... I have been with this book (or this ridiculous ambitious project posing as a book) for over 7 years. I'm on my thi...

October 8, 2019

Virgina Woolf was right: having a room of one's own is essential for writers. Now I'm lucky enough to have a big ole attic in my home, that I only have to share with my outrageous book collection and the occasional laundry. But what Virginia didn't mention is the pure...

September 16, 2019

A few weeks ago I was teaching an OKR workshop for product owners. When I mentioned I am writing a book in sprints, I received furtive laughter. I'm not sure why. Maybe the PO's felt I was taking agile too far. Or perhaps, more likely, they thought agile or scrum can't...

September 16, 2019

Before we get to closure, first some disclosure: I've struggled to finish the past couple of sprints. And because of that I haven't been posting any release notes, choosing to spend the time that I did have on the book itself. Oh well, I learned an important lesson: ho...

June 19, 2019

​If productivity is the angel on the writer's shoulder, then procrastination must be that malevolent, pitch-fork wielding fiend. We hates it, precious. It leads us from our lofty creations to cat videos and clickbait. It eats our time and our genius.

Or does it?


In my l...

May 15, 2019

 

Oh, that age-old question: is your novel autobiographical? Frankly, my dears, yes and no. Yes: because I'll use any source material and my life has a wealth of it. No: because I'll use any source material and your life has a wealth of it...

April 29, 2019

"A man doesn't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall." - Aristotle

King Arthur is flawed. His Knights of the Round Table are flawed  That's why none of them is allowed to find the Holy Grail. Well, except for the pure and therefore slightly obno...

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