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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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De Gustibus

Sometimes I write fiction, and sometimes I compose and record music. They’re very different activities, but I enjoy them both. While I’m not a stellar artist in either area, I have a basic level of competence in both. Here’s where … 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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