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Care and Feeding of a Muse

This is another flashback to honor NaNo. It is something that I tend to forget when I let my daily life, work and writing stress me out. The first thing I seem to cut out of my schedule is the care and feeding of my muse. Poor girl has been shoved in a corner and is …

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Drivel or a Kick in the Ass?

I shared this article back in 2012 during NaNoWriMo. Just came across it again today. Excellent article in Time about NaNoWriMo and what it is or is not. Critics of the event say it produces nothing but drivel and crap, but proponents of it say it gets those all important first words down so you …

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The Tingle of Magic

Two months ago, I pulled out the manuscript for Book #2. I hadn’t looked at it in over five years. It was time to dust it off and start with the revisions. I like to think that if I let my stories languish on a shelf or thumb drive, marinating for a number of years, they …

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This is a book.

I came across a beautiful ode to books the other day. It is called “A Father Introduces His Newborn Daughter to Books,” and it was posted on a wonderful site for readers called BookRiot.com. Go on, I will wait while you zip over there to read it… 🙂     This new dad has an …

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Prepare the Blanket Fort! Summer Reading is Here!

As the days get warmer, I start to itch for a good book. Not just any book. A big fat book filled with a sprawling epic adventure, something with the power to fill a slow, lazy afternoon when the only movement you make is to turn a page or reach for the icy glass of …

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2016 – The Year for Intentions

It’s that time of year again where we make lists of resolutions to break in the coming year. Last year, I had a short list: Get my practice management certification. Check. Publish my first book. Check. Learn to knit. Check Lose 20 lbs. Well… at least I didn’t gain any! Hey, 3 out of 4 isn’t bad! …

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When It’s Time to Call in the Professionals

When you feel your book is ready to publish, it is actually time to call in a professional editor. Freelance editors will work on many levels – substantive editing, line editing and copy editing. Often, they will do a combination of the three. So what’s the difference and what does your manuscript need? Copy editing or …

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Beta Readers Are Your Friends

No, really, they are. 🙂 In my case, some of my very best friends.  And I am here to tell you that it doesn’t make it any easier to show your work to someone. Beta readers are pre-readers who will read your novel and tell you what they think. When I was preparing my first …

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