Books

Out With A Whimper

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Well the 3rd round of the 70 Days of Sweat is over.  I don’t even know were I stand on final words for the challenge.  Maybe somewhere between 30k-40k?  It’s been so long since I’ve really written–first because of our vacation, then my big hiatus to try and figure out a setup that would work […]

Musings

To Hop Or Not To Hop…That Is The Question

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Point of view is a basic and crucial decision every writer has to make at the start of any project.  The POV you choose has an enormous impact on the story you’re able to tell.  Would Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books be anywhere near as entertaining without that sassy, snarky, in-your-face first person perspective?  Sure […]

Editing/Revision

Daily Progress Report

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Til Death: 1132 Daily Goal: Met–hot diggity dog! Actual progress to report!  Who knew?  This morning I finished what was, I think, my 3rd or 4th read through of the most recent draft of TD.  I axed the bits I wasn’t keeping, and I cut about 20 pages to stick in later on when I […]

Editing/Revision

Car Thoughts

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One of my favorite procrastination methods during college was playing Text Twist.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a game that has jumbled letters and you’re supposed to see how many words you can come up with out of that series of letters.  As a total Scrabble-geek, it’s a lot of fun for […]

Musings

Baby Fever

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I think any of us who have been around the field of writing have heard the analogy that writing a book is like birthing a baby.  Babies are something that keep coming up in my life over the last year or two.  More than half my friends have started families.  Several of them went through […]

Editing/Revision

Finding An Expert

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Well as you all know, I’m always on the lookout for places where I can ask questions as research for my books.  In the past I’ve used Crimespace, Crime Research, assorted professional forums, straight email to various folks in the organization I had questions about–all with varying success.  Well yesterday I stumbled across a great […]

Editing/Revision

Worldbuilding…Not Just A Sci-Fi Fantasy

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When I hear the term “worldbuilding” I automatically think of the science fiction and fantasy genres–stories set in worlds other than our own, be they other planets, other galaxies, other times, or even alternate realities. Generally places where the rules of our “normal” reality don’t apply. Middle Earth. The Neutral Zone. Shannara.  Crydee.  Hogwarts.  Places […]

Editing/Revision

Adversity Is The Mother Of…Something

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Well my strongest lead on possibly finding an agent to talk to petered out today.  A friend of mine has a good friend whom she thought was a retired FBI agent.  Turns out he actually used to be Secret Service.  So while I was in the shower today, washing off the grime of a morning’s […]

Editing/Revision

Surprise!

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Do you ever surprise yourself as a writer? I always find it interesting to see how my brain works.  I used to be very much an inspiration only writer.  I would work on a project until the idea for another hit, then I would lay the first aside and pursue the new idea with the […]

Editing/Revision

Twitchy

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I haven’t written since Saturday, and I’m starting to get a tic.  Well not a visible one but a mental one.  I’ve been doing a lot of work on my Google Notebook trying to work out the details, record the stuff that’s going to stay the same, make notes of what will change.  I decided […]