Houston, we have a problem.

I’ve really tried for some semblance of order in my life. But my daughter has to come first. She’s had a really hard time–poor thing. She lost a bunch of weight and then went on a 16 hour hunger strike. The doctor said if she wasn’t doing...

Quick note

It’s now 1:57 pm and I’ve yet to take a shower (can you smell me through the computer? So sorry). Anyway, I just wanted everyone to know that things went . . . okay. My spinal block wasn’t complete, so things were a little painful. Good stuff to use...

I’m going on Sabbatical!

I’ve always wanted to say that. It sounds so important. But seriously, I’m going to be in the hospital from Tuesday until Friday or Saturday and I’ve got a long recovery ahead. I’m not sure when I’ll get back in the swing of things...

Review of The Hollow Kingdom

Writers are often reminded of how powerful the first paragraph of a novel can be. The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle has a great one: “She had never screamed before, not when she overturned the rowboat and almost drowned, not when the ivy broke and she...

5 MistaKes Amaeture Writer’s Make

Note: these are not in order. * 1. Flashbacks*: General rule: don’t use them. As with every rule, there are exceptions. I would strongly warn against using any kind of flashback in the first 50 pages of your novel. Writers use flashbacks as a crutch when their...

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