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Justifying yourself

Dear reader, please note that the following man is a BAD MAN, no matter what he might think of himself.  Lest you be confused, remember, he is BAD.  Kicks puppies bad.  Now let us begin… That’s how I feel like … Continue reading

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On controversy and themes

You’re going to have to bear with me on this one, because I’m going to wander a bit… So, yesterday I received a rejection on one of my short stories and the comment I received on the story was, “If … Continue reading

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Doing a final read through

I’m about 100 pages into a final read through of the novel.  This is the fifth(?) draft of the novel, although, quite frankly, it doesn’t really matter which draft it is. So, let’s see what I’ve done so far: Draft 1: What I … Continue reading

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My Novel: Hook Issues

I think I’d mentioned that a friend from college reached out and we ended up swapping manuscripts.  Well, the friend has finished their review and it leaves me with an interesting issue.  It’s one that I knew already, but this … Continue reading

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Post of Randomness

It’s a Sunday.  I hope you’re all out enjoying the last bits of summer.  If not, maybe this post will drive you outside with its complete lack of value to anyone except me.  (Surrogate therapy is fantastic.  Today  you all … Continue reading

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Getting closer… (On Beta feedback and next steps)

So, Beta feedback is slowly trickling in.  Three people other than me have actually read my novel and made it to the end – yippee! At this point there are some things I know I need to change:

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This wait is killing me! (re: my novel and beta readers)

I thought I’d return from my little vacation (which was far more of a work trip than I thought it was going to be) and I’d write about something deep and interesting, but, alas, that is not what today’s post … Continue reading

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What’s my novel about? Hell if I know…

I spent the day hanging out with a friend and we had a few hours of time to kill in the car, so she asked me to tell her what my novel was about.  You’d think after three drafts and … Continue reading

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This is scary…I actually like my novel

I just finished reading the second draft of my novel.  And I actually enjoyed reading it.  And that scares the bejeezus out of me. See, before when I made the mistake of showing the first draft to my mom and … Continue reading

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The Second Draft of My Novel Doesn’t Suck

After letting it stew for about a month, I finally sat down to read the second draft of my novel this morning.  And I’m happy to report that I don’t hate it!  (I did hate the first draft when I … Continue reading

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