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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 7)

Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.) Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word). Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing. Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 3) –
with Bonus Thoughts on #NaNoWriMo


In my last post for the #IWSG, I told you that there are only two things you really need to do to be a writer: first, you read, and second, you write. I also told you I was going to go more into how it’s not quite that easy, and so I shall. I was looking through some old, old papers, and came across a list I’d written down while attending a writers’ conference a million years ago. (Or 20. More like 20.) I vaguely remember the person speaking (male), and the room (smallish? Maybe 25 (?) of us), and I definitely know it was long before email and e-books and self-publishing were viable alternatives to agents and publishers and all that. If you wanted to … Continue reading

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GNU Tanith Lee

Tanith Lee

It seems there has been an awful lot of deaths this year. I personally have sent out, oh, six or eight sympathy cards in the past few months, when last year, it was one. A dear friend’s sister was killed in a car accident. Another friend’s papa died. The aunt and uncle of another friend died, both within a few days of each other. Then we lost Terry Pratchett, one of my very favorite authors, in March. And then, as if that loss wasn’t enough, another wonderful voice has left us: Tanith Lee, a prolific British writer for over 40 years, who died this past Sunday at the young age of 67. She was only nine months older than Sir Terry, who by the way, … Continue reading

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The Questions with Chuck Walsh: writer


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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Cover Reveal for author Troy Aaron Ratliff!!!

Troy Aaron Ratliff

I am pleased and honored to be able to help reveal the cover for author Troy Aaron Ratliff‘s first novel, Do I Bother You at Night?, which will be released on October 4, 2013. The book is a blend of Horror and Science-Fiction with literary themes and in a literary style. Here’s the blurb: They say nothing ever happens in Kansas.  Sylvester Petersen used to think so too.  That is, until a mysterious new neighbor moves in next door, seemingly out of nowhere.  His handful of friends – people who tried to help him cope with the sudden death of his wife – think that it might be an opportunity for him to get reacquainted with the world outside his farmhouse and to build a new … Continue reading

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The Questions with Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit Toon: humorist

Eric Kobb Miller, aka Spit Toon

So, I “met” this dude on twitter. His tweets amused me {here’s a recent one: “A toast: Here’s 2 “vice versa,” poetic unto itself, but not in reverse, as “versa vice” doesn’t sound as nice. (;>))”}, and so I invited him to answer The Questions. Which he did. Months ago. (Sense a theme here? But I’m finally caught up with my answerers. I think.) Of note is that he followed directions and only answered seven questions, but he did not answer them in numerical order. The Questions 20. When did you know you wanted to be a writer/artist? In my junior year of high school. My English teacher had each student in the class select a different American author to read during the school year. … Continue reading

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The Questions with February Grace: writer

Godspeed by February Grace

I only recently met today’s guest ~ online of course ~ but I was quickly drawn to her as she is also an artist and writer. But Bru, as she is called, has a problem I don’t: she is losing her eyesight. Which I can’t even imagine. And I am reminded again how grateful I am to have had lasik to correct my own poor vision. When Bru’s debut novel, Godspeed, was released on June 18th of this year (a month ago!), I offered to host her on my blog. (Yes, I’m a wee bit behind in posting it… but aren’t I always these days?) AND, in a completely unrelated coincidence, I actually won a copy of her book in a contest! Woo-hoo! (No, I … Continue reading

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