A Truant Disposition

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Abandoning the manuscript

Sub Rosa, the novel which was to be a sequel to The Malice Plant, is going to have to be abandoned. I’ve given this a lot of consideration over the past few weeks. I’m three-quarters of the way through writing the book. After a recent rereading of the manuscript, I realized that there is a […]

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Solar birds…and getting my ducks in a row

I got some solar birds from Ikea for the back garden. Here’s a pic of them all lit up! 🙂 I know I should post here more often, but I’ve been very busy writing fiction. I figure the solar birds rate a post because they look sort of fictional. 😉 I’m still creeping toward the […]

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Muse Dog

My friends have already seen this: I posted it on my Facebook profile back in the fall…However this is a snapshot not of a particular day, but of most days and I thought I’d post it here as I settle down to write today with my muse-dog snuggled down beside me. 😀 This photo is […]

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Do You Believe in Monsters? How About Woolly Mammoths?

I’m always happy when a new episode of the Monster Talk podcast pops up in my podcast feed. The new one deals with the recent Wooly Mammoth hoax, but I’d like to talk a bit about why people often believe. I learned a new word today: pareidolia. Maybe I’ve heard it on previous episodes, but […]

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A Kinship of Imagination

I just recently reread Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, the tenth anniversary author’s preferred text edition. As I was reading it I was struck again by how the type of story or magic realism, if you prefer, is similar to Joshua Mansfield and Sheri Zod. There are probably folks out there who think I was trying […]

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750words.com (and NaNoWriMo)

While other writers were doing NaNoWriMo in November I set myself a more modest challenge which may be useful to those of you who have done NaNo or wish to…as well as creative people in general. I joined 750words.com in October then decided that I’d sign up for their monthly challenge, which is to write […]

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Give Me a Hand

The knuckle of the pinkie on my right hand is aching. It ached all weekend. I don’t know why but I must’ve done something to it. After I finished writing today I slathered it with Aspercreme then wrapped it with masking tape because I couldn’t find any medical tape, and we appear to be out […]

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Good Enough

A creative friend posted “Be fearful of mediocrity” on Facebook and I immediately thought that it needed balancing out with something like: “Be fearful of being fearful of mediocrity”. 🙂 I’ve met too many people over the years who are leading unfulfilled lives because they’re afraid to pursue a creative dream and not be great […]

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Interview and Malice Plant Review

Wow, it was an eventful weekend online. Author Lisa Vandiver interviewed me recently and the interview was posted yesterday. The interview turned out very well! If you want to know more about me and my books, check out A Closer Look At Ainy Rainwater. Her “Lisa’s Place” blog regularly spotlights authors with interviews and excerpts, […]

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Paper Rhapsody

I wrote the essay below July 25, 1998. Much has changed since then. I now do all my writing on electronic devices and my books are published as ebooks. Most of my writing is on my laptop, but notes, scenes and even one piece of flash fiction was done entirely on my BlackBerry. Though I […]

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