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In the dark…

I came across this article, Why Creativity Thrives In The Dark, appropriately enough last November when I was starting work on a new novel. Apparently, creative people do it in the dark. Or in very dim lighting. Of course, these days you can find a study purporting pretty much anything (including contradictory things) online, but […]

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Writing Prompt #1

Some friends gave me Story Cubes for Christmas. When I first looked at the Story Cubes I thought the idea would be good for generating writing prompts. My second thought was that I needed to throw a Story Party and have some fun making stories with my friends using the dice. 😀 However, I decided […]

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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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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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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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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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Featured Poem!

April is National Poetry Month and NPR is doing a special poetry thing where they select and feature tagged poetry tweets. Last night the senior producer of NPR’s Tell Me More tweeted that I’d made the cut (more likely the first cut) and my tweet was featured for Muses and Metaphor 2012! (You’ll have to […]

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