The Challenges of Conflicting Emotions

I haven’t blogged in about a week.  The reason is that I’m diligently working on wrapping up Jake Lasater’s first novel.  I have a handful of chapters to go, a full-on edit and then a typo edit, with some peer-review mixed in for good measure. However, as folks in my writing group last night went … Read more…

Strong Women in Fiction

I’ve been meaning to write this for about a week now.  I finally got to sit down on my back porch, kick back with the laptop in an old, fairly beat up Lazy Boy and get some writing done, so no more interruptions will let me finish this little bit of anecdote. As you may … Read more…

The Dogma of Adverbs

A friend of mine recently posed a question about whether the use of adverbs was appropriate in writing or not.  This was my reply: Words, like anything else, are simply tools to be applied at the right time to the right task.  As writers, deliberately forgoing a particular word or class of words eliminates a … Read more…

A Writer’s Group is Born at OsFest 5

I’ve met a plethora (yes, I said plethora) of writers and authors over the past two years, and from every level of the craft both in skill and career level.  I’ll tell you the one constant for pretty much all of them:  writers groups.  Writing is, for the most part, a solitary craft.  We write … Read more…

OsFest5 Panel Schedule

One day of the convention has passed by.  We pulled in at about 2:15 after an 8-hour drive from Denver to Omaha, Nebraska for OsFest5.  Special thanks go out to Guy De Marco and his lovely wife T. L. De Marco for putting pretty much all of this even together for Peter J. Wacks and me.  Last … Read more…

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