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NaNoWriMo!

OMGWHATHAVEIDONE! Okay, I really do have some trepidation, mostly because I really don't have an idea for the next novel, but idea or no, I begin tomorrow! Eeek! I figured it was a good way to start and to ratchet up the commitment, I'm raising money besides! (Note: my mentor,¬† Rob Roberge, would never support… Continue reading NaNoWriMo!

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Portrait of a Bookstore

One of my favorite places - and most meaningful - is closing. Portrait of a Bookstore is the first place I gave a reading for my first novel, DEAD WEIGHT. They said at the time that it was one of their most successful events ūüėČ I love Portrait of a Bookstore - loved it before… Continue reading Portrait of a Bookstore

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Pinterest & Daniel Craig

I'm having a lot of fun procrastinating creating boards for my novels and one for a short story, MegaCool, that scissors and spackle just published. My European publisher has one for our book covers.¬† I can't draw well (think stick figures), so it's an outlet to display images that I had in my head while… Continue reading Pinterest & Daniel Craig

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and then we came to the end

...but not of the blog! No, the end of your novel. How do you know when you're finished? Last night, I had dinner with a group of writers and one reminded me I'd said I knew I'd finished my novel when I was so sick of the thing, I couldn't go over it one more… Continue reading and then we came to the end

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Writing as triathlon

The main thing I try to do is write as clearly as I can. I rewrite a good deal to make it clear. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†~E.B. White,¬†The New York Times, August 3, 1942 Courtesy¬†fightmedics.net Writing a novel has three parts to it and was thinking how they're each a marathon unto themselves and… Continue reading Writing as triathlon

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is fiction a lie?

Pet peeve - being introduced as a novelist and promptly called a liar. I don't know who thought this was cute to begin with (I'm lookin' at you, Albert Camus), but I'm taking issue with it. Merriam-Webster defines a lie as¬†1. A false statement deliberately presented as being true; a falsehood. ¬†2. Something meant to… Continue reading is fiction a lie?

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7 reasons annotating will improve your writing – UPDATED

The novel I just finished writing is a dark comedy about a group of siblings prematurely vying for their inheritance. I read a ¬†number of comic novels that dealt with crazy families, estates and wills, fights over money, etc. All of the authors taught me something useful and I found the process of¬†annotating (nudge, nudge,… Continue reading 7 reasons annotating will improve your writing – UPDATED

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Happy New Year, new you, new writing

Do you make resolutions? There's a lot of snark (enough with the snark already) out there especially about how resolutions are useless and meaningless, but I say they are a sign of hope and hope is a good thing. I don't know how you have perseverance as a writer without hope. Hope that you will… Continue reading Happy New Year, new you, new writing