I, for one, wasn't looking forward to starting my day with a slaughter. Which, really, just goes to show how much I've grown

Anya ,'Sleeper'


The Great Write Way, Act Three: Where's the gun?

A place for Buffistas to discuss, beta and otherwise deal and dish on their non-fan fiction projects.


Amy - Jun 15, 2020 5:42:49 am PDT #6606 of 6626
Because books.

Star Trek writer/fans!

StarTrek.com: Four themes This CBS Entertainment-owned website accepts pitches for essays, reported work, features, and more. There are some evergreen topics they always look for pitches on, which include timely responses to recent Star Trek episodes, interviews with one-off Star Trek guest stars, Trek related essays, personal essays that relate back to Trek, any reported work that ties current events back into Trek, deep dives, and listicles.

For July 2020, they're asking freelancers to pitch pieces specifically linking Star Trek to current events – the BLM movement, Black culture, and Black stories, and they say that going forward, this will be an evergreen topic. They're also accepting pitches for Star Trek and Canada Day (which is on July 1), Independence Day (July 4), and National Video Game Day (July 8). Details at intl.startrek.com/Pitching.


erikaj - Nov 13, 2020 12:07:23 pm PST #6607 of 6626
This machine kills fascists

I put a blog post up with an excerpt. enjoy! [link]


dcp - Nov 20, 2020 8:34:33 am PST #6608 of 6626
Empathy for Charlie and Algernon.

Boosting the signal for Alan Dean Foster vs. Disney: [link]


Topic!Cindy - Dec 29, 2020 9:56:58 am PST #6609 of 6626
What is even happening?

Wow, dcp. That's just horrible. And honesty -- how much could Alan Dean Foster's royalties be for novelizations? I don't even understand how they could continue to publish and have the brass not to pay. It's outrageous.

***Cleansing breath***

So, has anyone ever done Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way?

I'm using the book version [link] , not the video course [link] .

I'm only two days in. Morning pages are going fine, but I fear the artist date is going to be a challenge for me, right now.


sj - Dec 29, 2020 12:28:43 pm PST #6610 of 6626
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

Cindy, I have. Though not recently. I’m thinking of starting again, but I would have the same problem with the artist dates. So, I was thinking after I can get a vaccine and can go to museums again.


Beverly - Dec 29, 2020 4:17:51 pm PST #6611 of 6626
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

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Beverly - Dec 29, 2020 4:19:21 pm PST #6612 of 6626
Days shrink and grow cold, sunlight through leaves is my song. Winter is long.

Sorry, just an oops. No worries!


Amy - Dec 29, 2020 4:32:19 pm PST #6613 of 6626
Because books.

I did morning pages for a while. I didn't get around to the artist's dates. I loved the idea of it all but it didn't really ... do anything for me? And the I started working regular 6 am shifts, and I was NOT getting up even earlier to struggle through pages.

For creativity inspiration, I liked Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.


sj - Dec 29, 2020 5:14:49 pm PST #6614 of 6626
"There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

When I do morning pages I do notice I'm calmer for the rest of the day, same with reading first thing in the morning, but neither happen much since I have become a mom.


Topic!Cindy - Dec 30, 2020 12:14:43 pm PST #6615 of 6626
What is even happening?

sj, it's funny, because in the past, the artist's date would have been a challenge for me because of my anxiety. After nine months of pandemic lockdown though, there are plenty of things I am ready to do or try, but the ones that appeal to me (museums, movies alone, etc) I can't do until we're vaccinated.

By the same token, I don't want to do stuff that feels like homework. I think for now, it's going to mostly be trying new recipes, revisiting favorite books, and movies (and stuff like that) for the dates. I want to give the program a fair shot, but I'm not big on long walks in the cold, and I'm not going to risk my family's health, or my own, by going to the places I'd like to go right now.

Amy, I don't blame you. If I were working, I couldn't see myself getting up a half hour earlier to do anything. Also, it takes me longer than a half hour -- more like an hour, because I'm doing them first thing in the morning, which is when I'm my most poky.

This is only day three of the pages for me, but I can see where they'll help me. Building muscle memory and submitting to a discipline of writing, even when I don't want to or have nothing to say, seems to be something I need right now.

sj, I think it's really difficult when your children are small and need you a lot (not just quality time but quantity too). At least that was true for me. It's a little bit of a shame, because I remember a big creative surge when my babies were born, but I was too tired and busy to do anything other than mother them (and think). When ltc is in school full time, it might come easier to you.

For creativity inspiration, I liked Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.

Thanks, Amy. I will have to check that out. I got Cameron's The Artist Way book, morning pages journal, and workbook for Christmas.

Aside: If anyone starts to consider this program, I can already tell you to save yourself some money and frustration of buying Cameron's TAW branded journal. I think her TAW book is worth it (so far), but for your morning page, use the kind of notebook in which you like to write. The one that comes as part of the TAW starter kit is too thick to write in comfortably. Your arm/wrist/hand is in too many different positions as you move down the page.

Hi Beverly, even if you didn't mean to pop in.