Category Archives: Writing

New Daughters, New Glory

I’ve written before about the novel I was working on called Daughter of Glory. About a year ago, I was looking at updating it and considering how I might best present it. Just recently I was plotting out a story … Continue reading

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Artist as Protagonist

A recent episode of In Our Time focused on the Japanese artist Hokusai, and the discussion turned to Japan at the time and Hokusai’s place in both the artistic community and the politics of the time – he apparently had … Continue reading

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When She Was Five

In case you weren’t aware, my flash fiction “When She Was Five” is up at Fantastic Stories of the Imagination. It’s funny, this was the first time I purposely wrote flash fiction and I sold it to the first market … Continue reading

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Meandering Around the Map

Originally published 20 April 2010 I used to try to be a “seat of my pants” writer. I would start with an idea, and move forward. Sometimes I knew the ending, sometimes I didn’t, but I just wrote until I … Continue reading

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Signage

I don’t think I will ever be blasé about signing books. At Breakout Con – which, by the way, was a blast, and will be an intended destination in con season 2016 – I signed some books for a couple … Continue reading

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Finish Writing Your Novels

The last post was only the beginning of my opinions/advice on novel writing. Here’s the second part. Advice to Aspiring Novelists 2: Finish Writing Novels Originally published 9 Jul 2009. I’m back with more advice about publishing a novel that … Continue reading

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Perfecting Your Craft

I’ve done a lot of fiction writing, and have even had people pay me to publish some of it. I’ve also completed a few novels, but I’ve never published any. That said, I have opinions. I know – shocking! So … Continue reading

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Revisions Ahoy

I’ve been going through my catalogue of unpublished stories this last week and revising them. One or two might fit an open market, but not all. Once I’m revising, I kind of keep at it. The distance of time helps … Continue reading

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Booze-Soaked (more or less) Confession

I have a secret for my writing that isn’t something I generally discuss. Alcohol. The drunk writer is as much a stereotype as the starving, bohemian artist. And for me, drunk doesn’t work. When I drink too much, my typing … Continue reading

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The Bunraku Effect

There is a neat little movie called Bunraku that tells a story in a kind of fantasy realm of modern suits and crossed blades with not a firearm in sight. During the opening, we are told this is a post-apocalyptic tale, and guns … Continue reading

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