The Writing Life: Sunday Night Notification – free book giveaway!

Hello everyone, So yes, the Thursday rapid fire writing attempt did not happen - work and pool league (one I'd forgotten about) got in the way. Maybe tomorrow - I'd like to try writing a fictional report off the cuff and see what comes out. (I'll explain more tomorrow, honest!) So today is just a …

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The Writing Life: Random Thoughts on a Tuesday

Good evening. 30 minute dash. Someday, if you own a car old enough, you too may experience the joy of locking your car with the keys still in the ignition, and the engine running. That's what I get for owning a 1999 vehicle, and wanting to beat a dude in a red shirt into Jimmy …

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The Writing Life: 108+ Steps from Victory (Or – Keyword Search Hell Awaits!)

You know, I really wanted to be done with The Killer and The Dead by now. I haven’t fallen victim to perfectionism, honest. What has happened is I have realized in the course of reading the book again, that in addition to making semi-final additions to the manuscript for clarity, plot, and theme advancement, and …

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The Writing Life: It’s just 30 minutes…

I’m tired. I’d rather go to bed, but I’ve bargained with myself and asked for thirty minutes of writing, just thirty minutes and then bed. See what I can produce now (Wednesday night) to make it easier to get my blog out on time tomorrow, after another long day. I realized yesterday that I have …

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Why I Write Fantasy: To Explore the Meta

To be honest, in writing The Killer and The Dead I didn’t set out to explore aspects of metafiction, which I define as fiction that interrogates itself, and that can operate in a separate space in the reader’s mind beyond merely the ingestion and understanding of the narrative: it just kind of happened. In meta …

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The Writing Life: Imagining Success

Hi there folks! I did finally finish my vocalization of The Killer and The Dead today, and many improvements have been made, and a mere thirty two notes to self generated. You know, changes, continuity checks, questions for proofers and beta readers, that kind of thing. I’m still a few steps away from hitting the …

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