During the glacial halt in writing over the holidays, I went hog wild and committed to the Round of Words in 80 Days challenge, created and shepherded by Kait Nolan.
I did this because I lack that most precious of gifts, structure. Without any kind of defined plan, the fiction hamsters in my brain would shove the family blog hamsters off the wheel and right into the house maintenance hamsters, who are already chewing the leg off the Dolphin Tales hamsters who’d tripped over the social skills hamsters and it went downhill from there.
Better, I thought, to give the hamsters some limits.
Before I took the pledge, committing to 250 words per day on the Rough Magic serial novel and two posts per week here at Not For All Markets, I took a further step and separated church and state — that is, fiction and life.
I did this by creating Ghosts and Shadows and copying (fingers crossed) all the fictional bits from over here to over there, and adding a link up above.
Not For All Markets will continue on as the place I offer insights and ideas on how we deal with life, the universe and everything on and off the spectrum.
For those who prefer straight fiction, there is Ghosts and Shadows. Short stories, Friday Fictioneers, random verse and discussions of the writing life will reside there.
For those who want to know how life is going or what super heroes have arrived in our house lately, or what not to do with mulch (an incident from 2004 that still leaves me shuddering in the night so it may be a while before it makes an appearance here), this is the place.
I will apologize in advance to anyone who likes both and will either be forced to double subscribe, click an extra link, or toss your hands up in disgust and walk away, but it was either separate the hamsters or watch them get medieval on each other. I promise, you would not have enjoyed the results.
Anyway, who knows? Maybe in a few months, or a year, the hamsters will be able to play together and all the blogs merge into one, happy…
… then again, maybe not.