Category Archives: plotting vs. pantsing

On Crutches, and Winning NaNoWriMo

Day 3: Limping Along or Running Full Tilt? It’s not a binary really, NaNoWriMo. You’re never just doing one or the other, but it can feel that way at times. My wife and I are both doing NNWM this year, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Milling the Uncarved Block

So, you’re still not sure about this NaNoWriMo thing Or maybe you don’t even know what it is. Some kind of greeting the writers of Mork & Mindy tried out? Yeah, um, no. It’s National Novel Writing Month, and I’m … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned from American Walnut

American Walnut is Timeless The wood of Juglans californica is among the most highly-prized in the world. It is used by manufacturers of luxury automobiles for trim and interior paneling, by firearms manufacturers for rifle and shotgun stocks, and by … Continue reading

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Writing jigs – The Cut List

In woodworking, a jig is a device that, most often, you create yourself to assist in the work. Think of it as an extra hand or two, or twelve, that give you the freedom to work safely and accurately. It … Continue reading

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Workhorses

It’s been a busy few weeks since my last post. Lots of shop time, which feels great. Not nearly as much time at the writing desk, which feels a bit less than great. But I’m finding some natural ebbs and … Continue reading

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