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Counting Down 2016

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Hello, world. I’m still here. 2016 has been a really, really tough year for me. It’s been downright wretched for the world at large. I’m not sad to see it go. The Move is still in progress. We’ve bought a house that we move into in February, and life should settle into some kind of routine at that point. That …

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Productivity: Co-working and write-ins

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There was a time after college when my friend Vijay and I had a lack of external structure. There was no more school, and work was hard to find. So we would meet at a local library to work on our writing together. We spent our days working in studious silence, jockeying to reserve private study rooms, and then we’d …

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Getting on our way 

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I’m sitting in a rental minivan, having dropped off the last of our cars with its new owner this morning. My apartment is being disassembled by highly competent movers. My bags are packed.  Today is Moving Day 1. My apartment gets packed  up and tonight we drive to the airport hotel for a decent night’s sleep before our 11am flight …

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Dream Diary: Finish the thing!

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I’ve never had any of the ‘classic’ dreams that people like to talk about–teeth falling out, flying, naked in a classroom. (All of that at once? Eesh.) I don’t know why, I just haven’t. In most of the dreams I remember I’m searching for something very important. It was explained to me in the dream what the thing is and …

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Unexpecteds: When $#!& happens

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This is not so much an informational post, because I have little in the way of information. It’s a venting post. Because my mother is sick. A few weeks ago she started feeling nauseas, every day. She got progressively weaker and then went to the doctor, who thought it might be pancreatitis. Her bloodwork had some interesting numbers so then …

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Unexpecteds: Travel Checklists 

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I’m a list maker. I love pulling order out of chaos. And I love my dear friend, Google, for providing me with starter lists. My mother is also a list maker and I got to crib off her lists for the Leaving part of this move. But my Google Fu is failing me. I am failing to find lists, or even …

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The Unexpecteds: Unsubscribing

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My mom is super organized, so she made her moving checklist before I did, and I got to crib off hers. One of the categories was “subscriptions.” She meant magazine subscriptions. Services like AAA and AARP. That sort of thing. I only subscribe to Writer’s Digest these days, and I get that digitally, so I crossed the whole idea off …

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To-Do List Paralysis

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I have a day planner, a physical one, quite a beautiful one, that I have not touched in months. It started well, with lots of good intentions. Then I reached a point where I was just lucky to make it through the day and maintaining the planner fell by the wayside. For The Move I have a rather extensive list …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 13-15

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

Episode 13: Catherine’s Tears Zechs is conducting a test run of Tallgeese by having his men fire anti-aircraft missiles at him. He shoots them right out of the air. Tallgeese is fast and deadly. Elsewhere, possibly Somalia, a battle is taking place, led by two OZ officers known as Alex and Meuller. The former Alliance base they’re attacking surrenders, but they …

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So I’m going to be a #rexpat

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Here’s how my bio now begins: Bronwen Fleetwood was born in South Africa, raised in New Jersey, and is now returning to South Africa, making her some kind of doubling-back expat. A #rexpat? Something like that. Everything’s finalizing now–the move is official. It’s happening. I’m leaving the country where I grew up for the country I was born in. I’m …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 10-12

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This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

  Episode 10: Heero, Distracted by Defeat Recap With a title like that, you’d think the episode would be more… explodey. Treize and his people gather to debrief. Une does not like Zechs or Noin. She doesn’t like sharing Treize’s good opinion. She sees no reason for Treize to have to thank his own soldiers and that they are shameless in …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 7-9

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And now time for another gundam story hour (and a half)! Episode 7: Scenario for Bloodshed Recap I told you this was getting darker. This episode can be summed up as, “Heero screws up MAJORLY.” Treize has managed to spread a rumor all across the Earth Sphere that there’s going to be a big meeting of OZ officials. All those …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 4-6

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This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

Still in fun intro times here. Let’s jump right in. Episode 4: The Victoria Nightmare Recap Lake Victoria is an Alliance training academy, as well as a mobile suit manufacturing base. Two hot targets in one. Wufei (05) heads straight for it. Zechs is tracking him, and makes plans to be there as well, though his new suit won’t be …

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#PitchWars 2016 Mentee Bio: Return of the Bio

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Hello mentors and aspiring mentees! I’m Bronwen, host of this-here blog. I write YA that typically falls in the realms of contemporary, fantasy or historical, nearly always centering around a strong female lead. I volunteer with my local writing communities as an organizer because I believe in giving back, and in creating the things you want rather than waiting for …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Episodes 1-3

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This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

Let us commence with the rewatch! Episode 1: The Shooting Star She Saw Recap Five gundams descend to Earth. All land safely except for 01 (Heero) which is intercepted by OZ’s Lieutenant Zechs. The suit falls into the ocean and the pilot is presumed dead. Elsewhere, Relena and her father are returning from a trip to space, during which they …

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Gundam Wing Rewatch: Prelude

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This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Gundam Wing Rewatch

I’ve been wanting to rewatch all of Gundam Wing, an anime first released in 1995, for quite a while now. This show had a big impact on me when it aired on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. In fact, I wrote copious amounts of fanfiction about it. Almost two decades have passed since I first saw it and my friends and …

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Monster Structure Worksheet v1.1

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Major updates to the Monster Structure Worksheet! What is the MSW? It’s a combination of novel structure theories into one chart to help you visualize what-all is supposed to happen and when. I’ve been reading K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel [amazon asin=0985780401&template=add to cart] and I highly recommend it. It’s a great step-by-step walk-through of  the parts of story structure. Weiland …