Hidey-ho there good neighbor. Time for an update. 
Lately, writing has been my outlet. If I'm doing something else besides writing, it feels strange. I should be at home writing. I just hit 30k words and I need to keep going! And if I'm not writing, I'm reading about writing. It is nice. 

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For Christmas, I got The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson. It was recommended by Shreve Stockton, one of my favorite people, and since I didn't win her random book-giveaway-raffle, I bought it instead. (So there! Ha!) So far it is proving to be a wonderful read. Very helpful for a newbie writer like me. There is a little too much "okay now let's make a graph and some tables" for my taste, but she says that's just because I'm a right-brained writer, and that's a normal feeling. I still don't like graphs, though, even if she is right about me. Brings back too many memories of endless math classes, and even some English ones, too. 

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Also under the tree for me this year was this book, The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them) by Jack M. Bickham. So far I have only made about 5 of them, so that's good news. I found myself grinning when I read about a mistake I wasn't making, like describing sunsets for four paragraphs opened with the pretentious line "rosy fingers of dawn". I can sleep at night. 

Yeah, yeah, Maranda, that's nice. Writing shmiting. Get on with it
Fine, here's the ferrets being cute. 
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Happy now?
 

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12/11/2011

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I know I should change the header image, but for some reason I feel like a ferret dressed in a horrible spider costume glaring at the camera does a great job of summarizing the attitude of this blog. 
That being said, I am now 21,000 words into my new story. It's like it's writing itself, guys

Here are some character sketches just for you. I have this strange, undiagnosed neurosis that dictates I attempt to draw the main characters in my stories, regardless of whether or not I think they need to be drawn. My life is hard. 
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"arm --->"
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The caption reads, "why you tuck your shirt in"
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"As I found myself falling into deep thought, I heard a small noise by the door. I turned to see a small envelope had been pushed under the crack in the door. I went to pick it up and on the front it read, "NO NOT DESTROY". Oh. They didn't know me very well."