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Project Update – The End of the Beginning

The End. In the overflowing silence that lingered beyond the last notes of music, I felt the magnitude of those two words bubbling up inside of me. They filled my senses. Overwhelming. Breathtaking. Like the feeling you get when you stumble upon some secret place of wonder. Not a bustling tourist trap full of noise …….Read More

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Project Update – NaNoWriMo Aftermath

Aftermath. Yep. That’s the word. Like when some life-altering cataclysm hits, and you wake up lying in the dirt, blinking numbly around at the altered landscape and wondering what just happened. That’s how it felt to wobble up out of my writing cave once December finally arrived. I know it’s been an outrageously long time …….Read More

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Project Update: Headed for the Finish Line

Here we are, standing on the brink of November again. Night breezes are whispering of coming frosts. The sun is sinking lower and lower on the skyline. Squirrels are rustling busily in crisp, golden piles of fallen leaves… And all over the world, writers everywhere are rustling just as busily in piles of outlines and …….Read More

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Tell it to the Boss
How "writing for an audience of one" got me into a swamp...and how I got out again.

“The whole duty of a writer is to please and satisfy himself, and the true writer always plays to an audience of one.” So says E.B. White. And that advice, in various forms, is widely doled out among writers. “Write for yourself.” they tell you. Don’t worry about what the editor will think. Don’t worry …….Read More

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Time’s Up!
NaNoWriMo is officially over. So...how did I do?

Hello everyone! Miss me? I’ve realized it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything on this blog. But at least I do have a good excuse. For those of you who missed my last post, I’ll just sum-up by saying that November was National Novel Writing Month. And like many other authors, I made …….Read More

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Project Update: Ready. Set. WRITE!
Getting ready for the NaNoWriMo marathon.

I LOVE deadlines. Yeah I know. A lot of you think that’s kind of bizarre. (And to show you just how crazy I really am, let me go ahead and admit now that I also like Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, and timed exams.) But I feel about deadlines the way a lot of people feel about….well…roller coasters. …….Read More

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Project Update: Who’s Story Is This, Anyway?
This is What Happens When Your Characters Have Minds of Their Own

Sorry for the delay! This post was supposed to be published last Saturday, but I didn’t quite get it finished before I went gallivanting off to Linden, TN for their “Remembering WW2” event. I had a total blast though, and definitely plan to post about the reenactment in the near future! They say all writers …….Read More

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Four Letters and an Atomic Bomb:
Why I finally broke down and took a personality test.

Confession: I hate personality tests. And so I have never taken one. Until now. Some of you will have seen my Facebook post last month in which I mentioned I’d taken a personality test (a free version based on the Myers-Briggs system) despite years of prejudice against them. I promised a blog post explaining what …….Read More