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A Back-to-Skool Shortie (Encore)

It’s Back-To-School season, and in honor of the occasion, I’ve got a charming little bit of super-short, flash fiction to help folks bring it into focus, especially since the topic du jour is an on-going teacher shortage. (My bride taught … Continue reading

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Who Else Would You Ask, If You Could? (Encore)

Note: Since my bride and I were on vacation this past week, I didn’t get as much writing time in as I usually do. So, I’m reposting a tale written a while back. I hope you find it amusing. This … Continue reading

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Writer Warm Ups (Encore)

Most of us are creatures of habit. Writers, especially, fall into that category. We’re probably not as bad as big-league baseball players who have more rituals than a pasture full of priests, but we, too, can be pretty odd when … Continue reading

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The saga continues…

I’m pleased to announce that I’m finally making some headway on a fourth volume in the Little Primitive series. It’s been just a hair over seven years since the first book in the series made its debut, and Mato, the … Continue reading

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Why you need “good” bad guys. (Encore)

If you don’t take your bad guys seriously, how can you expect your readers to feel any differently? We’re talking about villains here, and for most adult fiction, two-dimensional bad guys like Snidely Whiplash rate no better than what they … Continue reading

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The flip side of the ho-hum holiday issue… (Encore)

Based on some of the feedback I got in response to my last post–which I opted not to show in the comments–and some second thoughts of my own, I’m rethinking the holiday happenstance issue because of an important component I overlooked: comic … Continue reading

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Writer Warm Ups (Encore)

Most of us are creatures of habit. Writers, especially, fall into that category. We’re probably not as bad as big league baseball players who have more rituals than a pasture full of priests, but we, too, can be pretty odd when … Continue reading

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It’s not *supposed* to be easy! (Encore)

Writing is easy. Writing well is hard. It takes concentration, discipline, and attention to detail. More than anything else, it takes time. It doesn’t matter if what you’re doing is fiction or non-fiction, feature or fantasy. Anything that can be written … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Covers

In the beginning, there was a complaint. It went something along the lines of, “Y’know, I’ve never been able to find a novel about a garden club.” Seven months later, I finished writing one. Then came the hard part. What would … Continue reading

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Your Help Is Needed!

I’m in a quandary, and I’d like for my readers to lend me a hand, or a nod, or, I don’t know, maybe just a blink. Give me some indication of which of the following four cover options works best … Continue reading

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