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Literary community support!

We talk a lot about our #literarycommunity , but it’s important for us all to walk the talk as well. Fellow author Daniel Coldspring is working to do just that, and I’m honored to be part of his author spotlights … Continue reading

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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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