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The overnight success of two successful indie authors

Well, isn’t this something. Their “overnight success” is only “overnight” to those of us who haven’t slogged alongside them for the past decade or two. From a Guardian story on Amanda Hocking — who btw is now 27 years old: … Continue reading

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Rolling the elephant

You’ve heard this, I’m sure. Q. What’s the best way to eat an elephant? A. One bite at a time. And that’s great advice — if the analogy happens to fit your problem. Say you want to clean out your … Continue reading

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I am editing. Loose Dog.

So I’ve got this novel, you see. I love the concept. It’s a first person novel, narrated by a woman who is an animal control officer. And she’s got problems. Man problems, for starters. Her ex-fiance has shown back up … Continue reading

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a NaNoWriMo debrief

So I “finished” my NaNoWriMo project — working title, Dr. Forst — on Sunday. That’s three days early, for anybody who’s paying attention. Notice I’m not calling it a novel — I’m calling it a project. Because what I have … Continue reading

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Advice to writers who want to do humorous fiction. 1975 interview with P.G. Wodehouse

I adore Wodehouse. I appreciate serious novels, of course. I love novels that tackle Big Questions, and when they’re well-written I find them transporting. But I also adore humorous fiction, and Wodehouse is by far my favorite humorous fiction author. … Continue reading

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A good writer has to write two things

Okay, so it’s not often that I stumble on such a treasure as I have this morning: an essay by the poet and writer Francesca Kay in More Intelligent Life. Here’s the essay: a meditation on da Vinci’s painting Lady … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo is here!!!

Set my alarm for 5 a.m. cuz if I don’t make extra time for this in the morning no way am I going to keep up :-) Here’s my opening sentence. YES it’s rough — it’s supposed to be! But … Continue reading

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My Halloween Drabble has been pubbed :-)

When I saw the challenge I couldn’t resist: Write a Halloween story — in 100 words. And guess what, my Drabble was accepted for publication by the new online lit mag The Were Traveler. Read it my story, Drain, here … Continue reading

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#Fridayflash. I Tripped . . .

I tripped over the broomstick — YES I knew it was there. Quit interrupting, please. It always falls out of the broom closet. The broom closet is too damned jammed full. Everything in my life is too damned jammed full. … Continue reading

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Teaser Tuesdays . . . and omg I’m a such a lit nerd

So the idea is you turn to a random page in the book you’re reading, and pick out two sentences, and post them. I thought I’d play along, only I just started reading Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal. So my … Continue reading

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