fiction writing

I entered NaNo because my character made me

Looking back at the birth of a novel

With the launch of Love’s Brilliant Wreckage this week, I thought I’d do a little bit of looking back at the birth of a novel. How did I start? When did I start? Here’s a post from 10-30-17 on why I decided to start this particular book at that time.

To NaNo or not to NaNo, that is the question

I entered Nanao2017 because my character made me

This year, after much internal debate, I entered NaNo2017. Unless you are super new to writing, every writer knows that November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNo or NaNoWriMo), when thousands of writers worldwide attempt to write 50K in 30 days.

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The early bird catches the worm. atozchallenge

AtoZChallenge. April 5, 2018. The Early Bird Catches the Worm

the early bird catches the worm. #AtoZChallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comIn The Early Bird Catches the Worm, Twilight, Arizona’s newest resident hatches a plan to enjoy his retirement.

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Ed Robinson couldn’t think of how to get rid of his new neighbor. Frank Sabino followed him around like a puppy, yapping with as much enthusiasm.

“You an early riser?” Frank asked, cupping his hands to light a cigarette, part of a filthy habit that joined his nosiness.

“Why?” Ed unscrewed the motion detector light over his front door and capped the wires.

“The morning sun must burn into your rooms something fierce.” He puffed smoke into the afternoon air.

“The morning sun is one of the reasons I bought this unit.” Ed couldn’t believe his luck when he’d wandered into Twilight, Arizona after getting lost on a trip to Phoenix. The corner unit, one of fourteen in a “U” in the Twilight Palms complex, had a grass courtyard instead of the usual gravel, as well as plenty of trees. He’d spotted the for sale sign and made an offer on the spot. He’d moved in a week ago.

“I guess the early bird catches the worm,” Frank said.

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The Theory of Dolls. #atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.com

#AtoZChallenge.  April 4, 2018, The Theory of Dolls

The Theory of Dolls. #atozchallenge. www.cherylsterlingbooks.comWhat is the theory of dolls? What if the hobby your spouse loves and you hate is more than it seems?

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26 posts. 26 days. And 26 letters of the alphabet, one post beginning with each letter, in April.

Follow me as we visit the not-quite-normal retirement village of Twilight, Arizona, where reality clashes with the unexplained.

The Theory of Dolls

Dale Sutton hated the dolls. They occupied every inch of his Twilight, Arizona home. On the bookshelves, in the closets, on the back of the God-damned toilet—everywhere he looked, they stared back. It was like living inside a clown car.

“How much for this beauty?” his visitor asked, holding up one of the ugly ones, the kind with the oversized eyes and pipecleaner-thin limbs.

“What?” Dale pulled his attention from listening for Helen in the next room.

“This Blythe.” The woman, who had the body and face of a bulldog, cradled the stupid doll as if it breathed and pooped.

“I don’t know, I don’t know. Let me check Helen’s book.” Five years earlier, when she’d retired at age sixty-six, his wife had finally had time to catalogue her collection.

Over the years, the monstrosities had multiplied like rats in a third world city. Sleeping babies, Victorian ladies, and Barbies—don’t get him started on the damned Barbies. Scarlett O’Hara Barbie. Liz Taylor as Cleopatra Barbie. Bewitched Barbie. He’d set fire to them all if he could.

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