My First Blog Post at the New Job

So last time I posted, I mentioned that I had a new job. Well, I’ve hit the ground running at the Aspen Institute: meeting people, learning about the programs, and even sitting in on some of the events. And I even have written a blog post about one of those events–a discussion between NYT Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger and WaPo Associate Editor and Columnist David Ignatius, focusing on Ignatius’s latest novel, THE DIRECTOR; the hacking of Sony; the Torture Report; and more. Check it out if you’re a fan of spy novels, national security, or are as fascinated by the Sony thing as I am.

As for writing, well, I’m still reconstructing my broken NaNoWriMo novel, and I’m working with a writing group, so more to come on that front as it develops.

Have a great holiday everyone! Look for me once all the festivities have passed.

No News, Bad News, and Great News

So I have been absent from this blog for quite some time. I apologize for that. I like to post regularly if I can help it, so “No News November” has been a real oddity.

And for those who are interested or an online buddy, you might have noticed that my updates, posts, tweets, etc. about NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) have also disappeared. Well that’s because–for the first time since I started participating in 2012–I will not complete my 50,000 words this year. This sucks. I had–well, still have–a good story, an outline, and a bit of work. I just had to put things on hold for a while. I’ll be picking up where I left off in December.

But I have a very good reason for going silent on the blog and not writing fiction.

Aspen Institue Logo

And the reason is the “great news” part. Instead of blogging and working on my novel, I was interviewing for a new job. And all the effort was worth it, because I have accepted a new position. Beginning December 1, I will be an Editor at The Aspen Institute.

As much as I love working from home with my dog, I’m incredibly excited about this new step in my career, and I really can’t wait to get started. I get to touch on a diverse set of interesting, substantive issues, and I get to work with a great team of people. I’m a very lucky man.

It might take a while to see how I can fit various aspects of writing and social media into a new schedule, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out. So hopefully the radio silence has ended. In fact, I already have a second post lined up for today.

Guess What’s Around the Corner?

That’s right. In just about three weeks, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) will start. Are you ready? Are you getting your sleep now? Are you outlining? Will you be ready to write 1,667 words per day come November 1?

I’ve been working on my outline and maintaining my daily writing habit. I’ve also been increasing my daily word count bit by bit, so I’ll be ready to watch my NaNoWriMo counter go up right on schedule (or better).

I hope you’ll give it a try if you’re at all curious. It’s a great way to push yourself, to finish your first 50k words, or to just keep going with your WIP. And if give it a try, come find me online. Here’s my profile. Feel free to send me a buddy request.

Good luck, everyone!

NaNoWriMo is Over. Now What?

So it’s December. NaNoWriMo is over. Did you reach 50,000 words? If you did, great! If you didn’t, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, focus on this: did you develop a daily writing habit? Did you learn something about yourself? Excellent!

But what now? Well, go to Fantasy-Faction, and read my new article. You’ll find plenty of helpful hints over there.

Good luck, and keep writing!

T-Minus 10….Thousand Words

This will probably be my final check in for NaNoWriMo. I figure it’s the final stretch, and most people will either want to sprint through it or make up for lost time, so I won’t waste too much of your time–just cheer you on. If you’re on pace, you have just under 10,000 words left. Keep pushing. Heck, push harder so you can relax a bit on Thanksgiving. And if you’re not taking a day off on Thanksgiving, at least push ahead as insurance against a carb coma.

And, if you’re already thinking about your post-NaNoWriMo writing and editing, you may want to check out Chuck Wendig’s NaNoWriMo Bundle. He’s selling six books at a steep discount until the end of the month, and his books are full of great advice. I reviewed the first volume in the bundle–250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING–here. Check out the review if you want a taste of his advice. If you’re feeling wiped out and in need of a boot to the ass, or if you just like your writing advice with tons of colorful cursing, this is for you. I really enjoyed the first book, and I can’t wait to read the rest.

Good luck, finish strong, and I’ll see you on the other side.