Monthly Archives: June 2011

Eeek! I’m so excited! I have the go-ahead to release something very exciting. But here’s the deal…my newsletter subscribers get it first. So if you’re not already a subscriber and you want to be the first to receive book and series news, please enter your email address in the little box over there, to the right. Don’t worry – I don’t bombard subscribers with emails. So sometime in the next five days or so, newsletter subscribers will get to see what these are all about: Oh, and because I’m not beyond bribing, there will be a giveaway in the next … Continue reading


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I don’t rant online. I try to be positive and figure if I don’t have something nice to say, I won’t say anything at all. Not online, anyway. But sometimes a rant is truly called for and piracy calls for it. People can justify piracy all they want, call it whatever they want, but in the end, it’s nothing but stealing. It’s stealing from the booksellers, from the publishers and from the authors. People’s livelihoods depend on book sales. Bookstores can’t stay open if they don’t sell books. Publishers can’t continue releasing new books and discovering new authors if they … Continue reading


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A few months ago, I made a goal for myself to read at least one craft book per month. Um, that’s craft as in writing craft, not as in arts and crafts. Unfortunately, I don’t have time for those kinds of crafts these days. Anyway, I started by trying to re-read Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel and the accompanying workbook, but they weren’t really grabbing me. I’d already read both a couple times and wanted something new, so I kind of fell off the wagon. But staying up on our craft is important. We can always improve, right? So … Continue reading


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I’m a soon-to-be-recovering workaholic (soon as when I win the lottery) and I’m a home-body. Since I work at home – for both my day-job and writing – I really, seriously, sadly don’t get out much. This week, though, offered a change of pace. For the past few years, every two months I make an overnight trip to Orlando for the day-job business. It usually entails the drive up there, work for a couple hours, eat in my hotel room and enjoy the quiet and write…or get online because I suddenly feel so lonely. Then I get up the next … Continue reading


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My little experiment worked! Or at least, something did. I finally finished draft two of Genesis. Will I use this method before the first draft, as Whitcomb does? Meh, probably not. I’m too much of a pantser to use it for every scene, especially if not written yet. But it is a new tool to add to my writer’s toolbox. Maybe it’ll help you, too. Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to hear your results. Have you discovered any new tools lately? How did they work out for you?


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