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Taking a Byte out of Creativity

This morning I read Slaves of the Internet Unite! It’s not the first essay of this sort I’ve read and I have no hope that it will be the last. In fact, I’m about to write a post very much like it…Because that op-ed piece is so (bafflingly) true. Writers and artists need more respect…and […]

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Fun With Fiction: I’m doing NaNoWriMo Again!

I’m doing NaNoWriMo again this year! I’m trying to get the re-write of last year’s NaNo novel to a good stopping place so I can begin prep work on this year’s book. It may sound crazy to do NaNo this year when I haven’t finished last year’s book, but there’s a method to my madness. […]

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Update on the work in progress

I’ve not been here on the blog or on social networks much because I’ve been busy working on the book. I’m sorry, but given the choice of the book or the blog, I’m gonna plump for the book every time. (At least as far as writing goes; I seem to have time to read blogs…) […]

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“Oh, which one?”

This has been a good week to be a writer. Not just because I’m pleased with what I’ve written this week, but because I got an unexpected boost from two podcasts. Well, okay, one was expected. (I’m a regular listener to the Writing Excuses podcast so I’m always expecting to be inspired.) But out of […]

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750words becomes a paying site March 1

I found out by accident late yesterday evening that 750words.com, which I’ve recommended to writers, will become a paying site March 1. There’s not a word about it on the site (so far). The FAQ still — erroneously — says: Will you ever charge people to use this site? I do have some ideas for […]

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The Group Food Blog has Launched!

We’ve been working behind the scenes to get the group food blog going and though not all the foodies/bloggers have joined the blog, it launched this weekend! I posted an essay on why I’m writing a vegetarian food blog even though I don’t consider myself vegetarian and Nancis posted a yummy soup recipe. I’ve been […]

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Ahhhhhh….A New Year!

I hope everyone had a happy holiday season! I took time off from writing, relaxed, and am now about to plunge back into fiction. I’m feeling very optimistic about this year. I mean, much more so than some other years and much more than my own natural optimism. I don’t know why, but I just […]

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NaNoWriMo No More: I Did It!!

Crazy me, I thought I’d blog while I was doing NaNoWriMo but I was usually so wrung out from writing that I felt like I didn’t have any words to spare at the end of the day. But I did it. I won NaNoWriMo! And I’ve recovered enough to blog about it. I’m not the […]

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NaNoWriMo: A Different Way of Writing

I’ve decided to do NaNoWriMo this year even though the timing isn’t good for me. I’ve never done it before, but this is going to be a wild experience any time I try it. It usually takes me 1.5-2 years to write a novel, sometimes longer. I’ve read about pulp writers in the ’50s who […]

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Life Trumps Fiction

Life trumps fiction by virtue of being real, immediate, and not optional. You have to spend a certain amount of time actively engaged in life if you want to write well. Someone who has been a hermit for a twenty years might produce a good book on spiritual enlightenment, but I daresay such a person […]

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