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C.S. McClellan

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A reclusive late-blooming novelist still adjusting to the semi-exposure of publication. It's sort of like the dream where you're naked in front of a room full of strangers. National Novel Writing Month kicked me over the border from logic- and fact-based nonfiction to fiction. And now I'm adding nonfiction back in to the mix again.

There's always a pile of WIPs demanding my attention. I even manage to finish a piece now and then.

Two days ago I was well on my way to my fifth "win" on National Novel Writing Month. Yesterday, I took the day off to rest and recoup. Today, NaNo feels like an obstacle in the way of something more important. I'll keep plugging away, because I wouldn't have bothered to start if I didn't really want to write the stories that are taking the place of a novel this year.

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Published on November 07, 2013 12:08 • 72 views • Tags: nanowrimo, national-novel-writing-month
Average rating: 3.88 · 86 ratings · 39 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Hidden Boundaries (Boundari...

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The Darkest Prison

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Within the Silence

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Crossing Boundaries

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Privileged Lives and Other ...

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Ancien: Ages of Blood

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Someday Will Be Too Late

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"My new book, Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide, and the Secret to Saving the World will be featured on FRESH AIR on Tuesday 19 Jan. To get a taste of the book, Scientific American has published an excerpt on their website http://www.scien..." Read more of this blog post »
"For those of you who don't follow me regularly, I mostly read older fiction (late nineteenth century to mid twentieth century), historical fiction, historical speculative fiction (historical fantasy, etc.), juvenile fiction, and various types of g..." Read more of this blog post »
" Let’s talk about words. All the words. Swear words, slang, regular words that the masses have decided we’re not allowed to use anymore, and their replacements. All the fucking words, man. I love them. Even the tricky ones like cunt, w..." Read more of this blog post »
On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
" J.C. wrote: "That's a good idea. It's a good book. Have you considered writing novellas?"

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Irin by R. Lee Walsh
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Crossing Boundaries by C.S. McClellan
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“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
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“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.”
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Rick Moody
“I think literature is best when it's voicing what we would prefer not to talk about.”
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“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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message 4: by Larry

Larry Bassett I am delighted to accept your friend request! I still have being 76 as a goal since I am only 67. Check out my shelf on the death penalty to see if there is anything new there for you. There was a bookmobile-type van that came to a shopping center near my home in Virginia a long time ago with a replica of "old sparky" and other pro-death penalty stuff. I went home, wrote up a flyer and came back with my son to leaflet the next day. For my son it was a teachable moment.

Lucinda Dear C.S,
I would like to thank you for being my friend here on Goodreads, and for all your helpful advice on the 'NaNoWriMo' which up until now i had not herd of! I am a fan of many fantasy authors whom you also admire, and do hope at some point to have the oportunity of reading your work also that looks facinating. I am very impressed by your determination, enthusiasm and passion to write that has led to a whole libary of works (that i am sure are a great testimont to all your hard work and dedication). Thanks once again,
Lucinda x

Benjamin Duffy Thanks for the add, C.S.!

message 1: by C.S.

C.S. Thanks for accepting. One of the things that I find fascinating about having similar tastes is the differences.It gives you a different perpective, including surprise.

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