The Next Big Thing

Betsy Dornbusch got me involved in this little escapade called “The Next Big Thing.”  Being the non-conformist that I am (have you seen my hair?), I decided to do “The Next Big Things” because I’m about to finish up one project and start another. What is the working title of your next book? Jake Lasater and … Read more…

Inspiriation: 50% Weirdness, 50% External Input, 50% Science, and 7% Cigars & Scotch

So, I sat down at my day-gig and ran a quick run-through of FB headlines. You never know what you might trawl up from there, and I got lucky over the past two days. And NO, I’m not talking about some hottie from Zodicus Zu’ul… (although some of what that guy posts is positively UberHotness.) … Read more…

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…

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