Monthly Archives: January 2011

Recharging the creativity well

Between writing, I like to recharge my creativity by reading books and watching movies.  This past weekend, I read among other things Ghost Ocean. It wasn’t quite what I expected from the title. In fact, it had very little to … Continue reading

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Making Readers Believe in Angels and Aliens by Vijaya Schartz

Making the reader believe is the author’s job. It’’s an art, and it’’s a craft. Just because my Blue Angels are of an alien nature doesn’’t mean I can’’t make them real to the reader. All the information I use … Continue reading

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The Birth of an Idea

After I finish a manuscript I like to take a few weeks to a month and read what I’ve missed. Unlike some writers, I haven’t quite mastered the art of reading fiction while I’m writing it. I find that too … Continue reading

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En and Em Dashes

One of the things on my list of things to do this year is to work on understanding the mysteries of English punctuation. While I understand the basics—like periods and exclamation points—the use of other more exotic punctuation remain a … Continue reading

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Interview with Kris Tualla

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest release and what spark prompted you to write the story? A Matter of Principle is the third book in a trilogy. Nicolas and Sydney Hansen come together in A Woman of … Continue reading

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Casual Research

Every week a notice pops up in my inbox telling me that I have a new issue of US News and World Report online. I love this magazine and was hideously upset to see it go and have my subscription … Continue reading

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The Myth of Semicolons

I don’t know how many times I’ve had red marks scrawled across my paper because I’ve committed the unforgivable sin of using a semi-colon. Most of my critique partners sniff and say it’s just not done in popular writing–only literature.  … Continue reading

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