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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 8)

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Once again, it is time for me to ramble on writing for the Insecure Writers Support monthly post. In the past, I have written about things you should be doing as a writer. However, this is the: What *NOT* to do Edition. There are jillions of articles on what to do if you want to be a writer, but not too many on what you should NOT do. So using my vast knowledge of all of those things (which means, either YES I have done it, or YES I have had it done to me), I shall impart my words of wisdom. DO NOT visit a big bookstore and get discouraged because it is filled to the brim with other books and then think “what … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 6)

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In my last episode in this series, I told you that you need to get used to disappointment as a writer. And to develop thick skin. In this episode, I want to talk about the dreaded C word: criticism. I can’t tell you how many writers I’ve run across who think the words they’ve written were handed down by God himself (or Goddess herself) and not one single word should be changed. This topic came to me because a writer in one of my online groups was complaining about how much she hated criticism of her work. I get it. We slave over the storyline and characters, and it’s our baby, and we want everyone to love it. My very own book, A Spicy Secret, … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Naked in Public

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In the early early days of my blog (December 2012), children’s author Christi Zellerhoff answered The Questions. Well, apparently she has kept up with my ramblings (isn’t that nice?) and contacted me late last month to see if I’d be willing to feature her a book recently published by her younger sister, Staci Sprout. She (Christi) said a lot of flattering things, so of course I said yes. (Ha ha.) Actually, I said yes because of the subject matter. While Christi’s book is for kids, Staci’s is very much for grown-ups. And it looks at a difficult subject matter that not a lot of people would be willing to write about, much less write about and publish, much less want to publicize: sexual addiction. I … Continue reading

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The Questions with A. Carina Barry: writer

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In the not-so-long ago, I met Carina via some other online writer friends, and she runs one of the online writers’ groups I belong to. For some reason (because I’m that cool, I guess), she asked me to edit a couple of her stories for her book The Under-Circus and Other Tales. The Under-Circus is a very intriguing and fun setting, and I hope she and her husband Robert re-visit it again for another book. Looking back, I have no idea how I managed to do the edits that I, erm, managed to do, because I was also teaching full time. I even asked her to answer The Questions well over a year ago, and I’m finally able to get to posting them. So, I’ll … Continue reading

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The Questions with Chuck Walsh: writer

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A long time ago (late 2012) and far away (Arkansas), I worked for a publisher doing book editing. I got assigned a baseball book by this dude named Chuck Walsh. And, except for my childhood crush on the Braves, I didn’t know a thing about baseball. Which I’m sure drove Chuck nuts, as I was all the time asking him questions like, “What is this {weird baseball term I don’t know}?” Except, lo and behold, I fell in love with this book. Seriously. Fell. In. LOVE. Because this book, A Splintered Dream, is way more than “just” a baseball book. It’s a book about second chances. And heart. And soul. And sadness. And love. And death. And life. And family. And lemme tell you, I … Continue reading

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What I’ll do on my summer vacation

One of the first shots I took with my nice camera in 2009. Queen Anne

I know, I know… you’re groaning at the silly reference to first-day-of-school assignments given across the world. Or is that a myth? Do teachers still require that essay? I know I certainly don’t, but then I’m teaching college students, and many of them don’t have a summer vacation because they are taking classes. Also, I teach graphic design, and asking them to illustrate what they did using an entirely foreign program might be a tad evil on my part. (Eviler than I usually am, that is. *cackles*) Anywho, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, what I plan to do on my summer break, which includes but is not limited to: Sleeping. Okay, that sounds silly, but I need to rest. I’m worn out. … Continue reading

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E is for…

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It’s day 5 of the #AtoZchallenge2014, which means it’s time to write about something that starts with the letter E. I’m sure you’re all a-twitter, wondering whatever I picked to ramble on about. Is it “excellence”? As a matter of fact, no. Tho I could indeed discuss the fact that we should strive for it in all we do, that we should treat each other that way, that we should watch Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure… It’s also not Erinyes, the monster my pal Chad Clark chose to write about for his “E” topic (which by the way, is making me quite envious of his vast knowledge of various monsters… and here I thought I was fairly well-read!). Nor is it efficiency, the topic chosen … Continue reading

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