Thoughts and commentary about writing.


A terrifyingly familiar snarl snapped Jade out of her reverie, and focused her attention on the creature standing ahead of her. Its formidable teeth were bared, and it stood over the body of a forest pig, its posture shouting ‘My prey! Keep away!’

Jade caught her breath, raising her walking stick as a paltry shield between herself and the Ice badger. It wanted her to keep away, and she wanted to keep away, to let it stay focused on the kill in hand and leave her alone. What was it doing this deep in the forest?


What’s up…

Hope you liked the little scintilla. :)

It’s from something I’m working on now, the sequel to On Ice and Bones of Ice, but I’m not sure if this bit will make it into the finished story.

Anyway, after a long, unplanned mostly-hiatus, I’ve decided it’s time to reboot this blog. Not with a new story challenge, or a return to the daily scintilla, but with a regular posting schedule and standard post format. That way, I know what sort of stuff to write, and you know what to expect, and if I post extra outside of the plan, that’s just gravy.

Currently, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible writing fiction, but I’m also trying to go to Crossfit in the evening on MWF, which means I’m too fried to write much after. Yesterday, I realized that means that after Crossfit is the perfect time to fit in writing up a blog post!

So, my format’s going to be:

  • Scintilla
  • Writing progress and updates
  • Today’s workout
  • Fun links
  • Hopefully it’ll be entertaining. :)

    In terms of writing progress, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. I had an unplanned week off from work last week, and decided to pretend that I was a full time fiction writer, partly to see if I still liked it when I was doing it several hours a day, partly to get lots of writing done. It was successful on both counts, though what I wrote wasn’t quite as usable as I hoped – very little of it seems suited to the final story, but it’s all useful for me to know, so it’s not wasted.

    I’m also working on a novel tentatively titled “Mire Bride,” but that’s all I can tell you about it right now. Mustn’t dissipate the energy too much!


    Today’s workout…

    Today’s workout was HARD… mainly because I really, really suck at running. I scale to half the distance the rest of the class goes, and generally finish each run about the same time. In theory, if I keep at it I’ll get better.

    You can see the Rx Workout of the Day (WOD) here: http://www.yankeecrossfit.com/2013/06/wednesday-619/
    As mentioned, I scaled the runs to 200 meters. For the snatches, I started at 25 lbs, but had to drop back to 15 lbs on round 4 because my knee tweaked a warning – it’s been very iffy lately, so I’m trying to be careful. Then for the power cleans and push jerks, I did 35 lbs.

    After, Kerigan and I were both totally wiped, to the point that just standing up, my muscles shake a little. Neither of us wanted to cook, so we went to Five Guys for supper. Naughty, but quick, and oh so satisfying…


    Fun links!

    Shouting “Yoohoo!” to the universe…
    Seems kind of cool, but noted futurist and science fiction author David Brin seems very cranky about it.

    Ultrarope could make kilometer-high elevators possible
    Very cool technological advance – but do I really want to ride an elevator a kilometer up???

    3D Printing powered by thought
    Not, alas, printing the images as you think them, but using a neural interface to let you choose from menu options is still pretty neat.

    That’s it for now. Happy trails!


    I’m working on a story that takes place in the late fall, with a strong focus on the coming winter.

    I keep being surprised whenever I take a break, and realize that in the real world it’s currently summer! :-D

    Wanna read a story?

    I’ve just finished a new draft of Bones of Ice, and I was wondering if anyone might be available and interested in reading it through in the next week or so?

    For those unfamiliar with this project, it’s a science fiction novelette of about 12,000 words following a surveyor stranded on an uninhabited planet.

    If you’re interested, comment here at the blog or email me: info @ antheastrezze.com. (or any of my other addresses)


    Showing, rather than telling

    First attempt:
    Lyssa was miserable. First, Sheba kept her up all night with yowling, then she was up all night with Sheba at the vet’s, and then when she finally managed to get a full night’s sleep, she was plagued with so many nightmares that she wondered if she would have been better off getting no sleep at all.

    Second pass:
    “You look like hell, Lyss.”

    Lyssa looked up at the voice to see Roberta standing at the side of her desk. She smiled weakly up at the other woman. “I feel like hell. I finally get a full night of sleep, and the nightmares were so bad I think I might have been better off staying up again.”


    Lyssa shook her head. “Monsters. Did I tell you about the guy who showed up at lunch yesterday?”


    Anyway, that’s what I’m up to. I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving (if you celebrate) and will have a very nice weekend. :)

    It’s ok…

    It’s ok for first drafts to suck.
    It’s ok for first drafts to suck.
    It’s ok for first drafts to suck.

    That’s what first drafts are *for,* right?

    © 2010 Catherine Wechsler, used with permission. http://cwechsler.zenfolio.com/

    © 2010 Catherine Wechsler, used with permission.


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