Hillary DePiano

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Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Setbacks, missed opportunities and letting it go

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange | 2 comments

I’ve tried to write this post a dozen times already and gotten too annoyed to continue every time. Why? Pull up a chair, I’ll try to explain without rage-quitting this time. You know I strive for complete transparency in my writing process so join me for a journey into my head when I hit a big fat setback.  As regular readers know, I have a...

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April 2017: Camp NaNoWriMo & other wordy showers

April 2017: Camp NaNoWriMo & other wordy showers

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Multiple people told me they assumed I’d be taking the April session of Camp NaNoWriMo off this year because of the new baby and I was like, “Ha! Have you met me?” It would have been sensible and healthy to take Camp NaNoWriMo off after just having a baby so OF COURSE I didn’t. Here’s how that worked out… Here’s what...

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March 2017: Marching forward bit by bit

March 2017: Marching forward bit by bit

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Here’s what March 2017 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 50,869 words Average Words Per Day 1,641 words Monthly Goal I didn’t set a goal since this was my first full month with the new baby and setting a goal seemed idiotic. Yearly Goal 183,609/200,000 words (92%) Things completed: Nothing. Nada. Zip. And I’m fine with...

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December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

December 2016: Tale of Tales / 4th Orange status report & update on personal chaos

Posted by on Jan 14, 2017 in Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Fourth Orange, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

This is the latest I’ve ever posted one of these monthly updates because life is still a hurricane here in Duckburg but I wanted to pop out of the duck blur for a minute and give you my numbers for December.  Here’s what December 2016 looked like in writing… Total Words Written This Month 43,268 words Average Words Per Day 1,396 words Monthly Goal I...

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Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Hillary Writes All the Things 2016: my year in writing debriefed

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Masks, NaNo What Now?, On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, Pentamerone (Tale of Tales), The Complete Novels of Jane Austen Now New and Improved, The Fourth Orange, The Green Bird, The Love of Three Oranges, The She Bear, Three Padded Walls, Vardiello, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

2016 was a crap sandwich for just about everyone and I’m no exception. It was a crazy stressful year full of unexpected changes and pressures and so much of the future is still uncertain. But while 2016 felt like a big fat fail as I was living it, it actually turned out to be a pretty darn good year for writing, oddly enough. Let’s take a...

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September 2016: Setbacks and set-ups

September 2016: Setbacks and set-ups

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in On Writing: Craft and Commiseration, The Fourth Orange, WoC, Word Count Updates and Writing Goals | 0 comments

Where did the last month of my life go? Did one of you take it? If you did, I won’t even be mad, just give it back because I am seriously not ready for it to be October already. Well, jeez, I guess this is happening so we might as well get down to it… (If any of you were wondering what level of dork I am, I made all these graphics in one day...

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