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Props & Crutches

After looking at a couple of online courses in fiction writing, I’ve concluded (not surprisingly) that a course is not what I need. These courses are expensive, and they’re directed at novices. You’ll get a week on dialog, a week … Continue reading

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The Text

Interpreting words on a screen can be a fraught undertaking. I’ve found myself in a few interactions on Facebook where feelings were hurt and friendships damaged. In asking myself whether I might be to blame or need to do things … Continue reading

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Immaterial World

The original forms of art made by our species were almost surely singing and dancing. And maybe body painting. Carving in wood and painting on cave walls would have come along later. We can easily see why the genes that … Continue reading

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It Gets Real

Yesterday the first paperback copies of my historical mystery arrived. I’m not a rabid fan of Amazon KDP, but by golly, they make it real. I can sit here, put together a book, hire helpers, drop money in their accounts, … Continue reading

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Why Write?

The tough thing about writing fiction — one of the tough things, anyway — is that the events in a story or novel need to make some sort of sense. What sort of sense the events make will depend on … Continue reading

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How Is That Supposed to Work?

The lovely thing about fantasy is that you can just have the wizard cast a spell that causes the king to go mad. There’s no need to explain how the spell works, because this is fantasy! To be sure, modern … Continue reading

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Do You Trust the Writer?

I’ve been reading a few cozy mysteries. Or trying to. I have this half-finished manuscript, you see. But I’m not ready to talk about that. The cozy sub-genre is far more varied than one might, at the outset, imagine. There … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trumpets

We’d all like to attract more attention to our published works. Some writers are tireless self-promoters, but I’m not one of them. I do a few things; I have a blog, for instance. (And if you’re reading this, you REALLY … Continue reading

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Relatables

Last night I read the opening chapters of a novel by an aspiring local writer. There were lots of problems; reading it and taking notes was a sad process. I don’t want to go into every detail of what I … Continue reading

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They’re Alive, Jim!

Pleased as punch to announce that both of my new books are now LIVE on Amazon. Where y’all can buy them if so inclined. Paperback or e-book. While Caesar Sang of Hercules is a mystery set in ancient Rome. Amateur … Continue reading

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