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off course

I know other authors who plot out their book chapter by chapter in a 26 page document before they even begin to write Chapter 1. I start with an opening scene and the end. Then on occasion, I write out … Continue reading

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The idea

We are well and truly into 2020. I guess it is time to figure out how I’m going to spend the days, weeks, and months ahead. Last year was full of tremendous change. I’m still reeling from it, still adapting … Continue reading

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What are you reading?

For my nonfiction adventures, I learned about this book at a writer’s conference: For my fiction adventures, I’m still in cozy mysteries. This time in a bookstore and in New Hampshire.   How are you passing your reading time?

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Jane’s World: These Divided States: High Price to Pay

The world of drugs. Not exactly a place to stay or visit for more than a few minutes. In an alternate US, making drugs legal doesn’t change that. Jane was born into the drugs world before they were legal. When … Continue reading

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Free Writers Workshop

Come to the Tempe Library for a free workshop on writing romance and romantic elements.

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Revisiting

I’ve been writing for over 2 decades now. In that time, I’ve discarded several books. Some will never see the light of day. Others I’ll be revisiting. Revisiting is hard for me to do. There’s a reason a story was … Continue reading

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A Newbie Mistake

It happens to every writer. You pour your soul onto a page, polish the prose, and submit it to your critique partner(s). Only to discover you’ve done the data dump. Too much backstory had slowed the pacing to a crawl. … Continue reading

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The End is Just the Beginning

No, I didn’t make up that headline. I stole it wholeheartedly from the Mummy with Rachel Weisz and Brendon Fraser. I still love the movie, but it doesn’t just apply to ancient Egyptian mummies. It also works on writers. This … Continue reading

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Stories and Writers

I’ll be frank. I haven’t been writing. Not like I used to. I’m been in a meh stage of life, and Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and PBS have been happy to keep me company. But, lately, I’ve been wanting to … Continue reading

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You’re never too old

This weekend, I went to a writing workshop. Since I wasn’t writing, I was torn between going and staying at home. I really wanted to stay at home, but I had paid money to go. So I went. It was … Continue reading

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