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Books of Influence: The Gift That Keeps on Costing Money

When I was a teenager, I got Lord Foul’s Bane by Stephen R. Donaldson. It is about a leper who gets transported to a fantasy world that he thinks is all in his head, hence the unbeliever part of title … Continue reading

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Books of Influence: From The Ashes

Like many, I first read To Kill A Mockingbird when I was in High School, and, like many, I did not enjoy the book. The story left so little impression on me that just a few months after reading it … Continue reading

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Books of Influence: Getting Schooled

This is the first of a series of blog posts inspired by a Facebook meme to list ten books that influenced me. Since no one on Facebook wants to read the stories behind why those ten books influenced me, I … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo2012: The Summary

Here it is the end of November, and I don’t have a 50,000 word novel to taunt everyone with. I started strong with high hopes and then stalled. I did not despair*. I kept writing, although not every day and … Continue reading

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You mean not everyone prepares this way?

I must confess, my preparations for NaNoWriMo this year could easily be called procrastination. Two weeks before November what was my main focus? Knitting a sweater. What? You mean to tell me that most people don’t count knitting a sweater … Continue reading

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Choosing a title

It is often difficult to begin a new creative work. Little things can trip you up. Names, of all varieties, can be particularly vexing. Sometimes what you choose to call a work in progress can inspire you even when the … Continue reading

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  November isn’t even here, and I’m already distracted. Impromptu photo shoots take time. Some of my fellow novelists have threatened to outline a plot for me if I don’t find any inspiration.

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