Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Scar or The Splinter (Jeff VanderMeer)

I picked up a copy of Wonderbook over the weekend and am about seventy pages into it.  I’m really enjoying it so far. For those who don’t know what it is, you can see more on this website.  It’s “the … Continue reading

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Chuck Wendig Has Been Good To Me

Anyone who has read this blog for a while will know that I love Chuck Wendig’s posts.  What he has to say about writing resonates with me and the way he says it makes me smile. Well, today he had … Continue reading

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You Have To Write The Damn Thing First

In my daily forum trolling, I ran across a post today about someone who wants to be a writer.  I say good for them and would never want to discourage them from making that effort. But… I don’t have high … Continue reading

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The Heartbreak of the Story That Can’t Quite Find a Home

I went ahead and self-published The Bearer on Thursday.  Part of me wonders if I should’ve held off a little longer and sent it to a few more of the pro markets.  But, of the remaining ones, most are either … Continue reading

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Using GIMP

As I mentioned the other day, I downloaded a copy of some free photo-editing software, GIMP, and I’ve been playing around with it ever since. Damned stuff is addictive.  And I can do it at night while watching TV.  (Because … Continue reading

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Story Is What Matters Most

No matter which path you take to publication –trade, self, osmosis, telepathy–telling a story that readers like enough to want to read more (or again) is paramount.  (IMHO.) So, I thought I’d share some of the links I’ve found related … Continue reading

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Some Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing With Respect to My Writing

Wow, that’s a long-winded title.  But I wanted it to be clear that this post wasn’t about the pros and cons of self-publishing.  This is more about how self-publishing has influenced my writing so far. So, let’s start with some … Continue reading

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A few quotes for the day

I redid my corkboard above my desk the other day.  (This is what you do when you want to feel productive, but don’t want to write–you type all of the hand-written quotes you have on your board, choose fonts and … Continue reading

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Nothing Quite Like The Neurosis Of A Writer

I decided to download the free sample of the short story I published on Thursday. And, of course, being the crazy loon that I am, I hated it.  I read the story and thought, “Well, this is crap.” Of course, … Continue reading

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The Curse of Being Needed

Yesterday I received a phone call.  “Great news!  We had that big project we were hoping for come through.  So, when can you move halfway across the country to participate in it for the next one to five years?” My … Continue reading

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