Themes in The Audacity Gambit

Want some more noodling about the writing process of The Audacity Gambit? Like you have a choice. Let’s talk themes. I’ll outline them even. Trailer parks I grew up in a double-wide trailer on the outskirts of, what was at the time, a 13,000-ish population town. I lived between there and what could politely be called a township—there was a payphone box, even—of a couple hundred-ish. A good percentage of people I knew lived in trailer parks, which was rather different than the acre of land our mobile home was…

January focus: branding Ma-mé

I totally knew what I was going to do for this month’s focus, then I had dim sum on new year’s day with friends and a new, fun challenge was presented. I asked my lovely friend Trina why she hadn’t blogged in so long and the short answer was that she needed to re-brand her business and that was acting like a roadblock. When I found out what she needed and wanted I realised that I could totally do this for her. It’s been a bit since I’ve done a…

Writing The Audacity Gambit

Folks, you’re gong to need to indulge me. Having finished the edits of The Audacity Gambit, I need to decompress and talk some process. At the start of this year, when I started this focus thing, my focus was writing—specifically, getting some significant headway into a book. The longest finished piece I think I’ve ever written was a little over 4,000 words long and itself a product of that focus month. One of the standard definitions of a novel is 40,000 words—ten times that. But I had an idea that…

Focus on presents, fin

We had a very TV Christmas, with food and presents and hangouts and a full day of happiness, starting off with Chase dressed up in full Santa kit, making our friend’s day. I gave out the last of the handmade gifts, more of the patchwork animals and a mini sculpt of the protagonist of a friend’s book. I’ve got a bunch of the CD covers folded and will be mailing them out (with CDs) by the end of the week. I’m pretty happy with this year’s cover. And the mix,…

Focus on presents, primary round done

All the lovelies that I mail things to, I am sad to say, are not getting crafty presents this year.  It turns out that when you don’t spend 4 hours commuting via public transit, you kind of end up with less dedicated crafting time. I am super sad about this, by the way. I ended up only crafting a couple of things, which (as I said at the beginning) I expected to give out less this year.  Mostly because the bulk of my present crafting time was taken up by…