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Pushover…me? Never!

With experience comes wisdom, right? Well, we can always hope our writing stumbles at least lead to greater awareness if not exactly wisdom. I shake my head and sigh in sympathy when I talk to eager newbies these days, because … Continue reading

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Turn the page…

An important and long-running chapter of my life came to a final final end this past week. After 33 years of stellar programming, the venerable Antioch Writers’ Workshop has closed its doors. I (and a few others) were all but … Continue reading

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Supporting casts matter – on the page, on screen, and in life

This week’s cast of characters started as “extras” on the page – several of them unexpected – but they each played an important role in making my stories more than a standard whodunitandhow. They give the murders a context, and … Continue reading

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An Oscar-worthy line-up, if I do say so myself

Have you ever tried casting your novel for the big screen? Which stars do you visualize for your characters? The first time I heard of that exercise, I was stumped. First, I’m not a movie buff, and I watch very … Continue reading

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My personal cognitive dissonance? Pessimistic idealism

I’m guessing that buried somewhere in my genome is the heart of a sunny optimist, someone who always looks for the best in any situation and truly believes tomorrow will be better. Unfortunately (or not), life beat that predilection out … Continue reading

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If only the writing life came with a decoder ring…

Are you a plotter or a pantser? Which POV do you prefer? Do you use more than one POV character? You don’t head-hop, do you? If you’re writing a series, does your character arc span each book or the entire … Continue reading

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Not quite as ferocious as Zuul perhaps, but still…those gatekeepers!

Gatekeepers are – by definition, I suppose – intimidating individuals. How else could they keep out the riff-raff? In the writing world, those obstacles take on the form of agents, editors, and publishers…all with the goal of assuring quality publications … Continue reading

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Eight of Cups

Eight of Cups: moving on realizing the current cycle is over abandoning a hopeless situation disentangling yourself starting on a trip of unknown length letting go finishing up and walking away Almost one year ago (February 5, 2018, to be exact), … Continue reading

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Light and refreshing, with a bit of a kick

We talked art and music and creativity. We shared literary inspired cocktails…and were serenaded by a barbershop quartet. Continue reading

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My 2018 summed up in two words: Unrealistic expectations

I learned that my expectations of myself and of those around me are often sadly misaligned with reality. Continue reading

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