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Yeah, what they said!

I couldn’t have said this better myself. This is a terrific essay about women in fiction…and more…Don’t have time to read? It’s read on this week’s episode of Podcastle so you can listen to it, too. We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle, and Slaves Narrative by Kameron Hurley It reminded me of an […]

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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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Pop Quiz: The Lemonade Alternative

When life gives you lemons: a. make lemonade b. add lemons to tea because you’ll need caffeine to get through whatever it is. c. make potpouri from the lemon rinds after tea because the scent of lemons makes people feel more alert and, clearly, the caffeine isn’t enough. d. trade the lemons for limes because […]

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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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Backwards and Forwards

Holiday is over. Now procrastination can begin in earnest. 😉 —My tweet today I’m always a bit stuck for New Year’s Resolutions because I feel like if there’s something I need to do in my life that I should begin doing it as soon as I realize it. I don’t tend to put awful difficult […]

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Post NaNoWriMo post

This will likely be my end-of-the-year post unless something earth-shaking happens in the next couple of weeks. For those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter or Like my Facebook page, I did complete NaNoWriMo in November. It has occurred to me that I still haven’t satisfied my curiosity about how some people write […]

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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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