Category Archives: Main Blog

A Character Takes Over

Hi everyone, I thought I’d take a few minutes to emerge from my cave to wish you all a Merry Christmas. Oh, wait, wrong season. It’s raining and the Missoula mountainsides are a rich, velvety green. Okay, spring. That’s right…CampNaNoWriMo. … Continue reading

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One View of Hard Work

I’m competitive when it comes to CampNaNoWriMo. I love running up numbers, earning badges/certificates, and, of course, winning. All the NaNo perks. I also love my fellow campers/writers working towards a common goal. But more than anything, I love releasing … Continue reading

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Maps! Maps! Maps!

Maps. They’re sometimes artifacts, often art, hopefully tools, and all wrapped in a bit of magic. They’re a fantasy writers friend, but too often cursed to the point of phobia. I fell in love with maps as a child flipping … Continue reading

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Short Reads, Feisty Females & Misguided Beliefs – Guest: Madeleine D’Este

*I’m honored to introduce my first ever guest blogger, Madeleine D’Este. She’s here to talk about her latest steampunk novella and provide us all with a little insight into her writing process. This was an easy decision for me because … Continue reading

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Made Scramble Before #CampNaNoWriMo

So, here I am at Camp NaNoWriMo again. Virtual birds singing in the virtual trees and—my pulse dances—a virtual werewolf behind one of those trees. My third straight year saying I wasn’t going to participate. My third straight year participating. … Continue reading

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Seeking the Magic

Where’s the magic? That wasn’t a question I consciously asked myself as a child, but I was seeking it just the same. It wasn’t a desire to cast spells, but to find a magical world, a place to escape fears. … Continue reading

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Walking: The Writer’s Superpower

Time for a walk. Here in Montana the snow is patches except on the mountains and the rivers are rising melt water. Spring whispers and the long-range forecast is calling for more mild weather. Yes! Temperatures well above freezing, but … Continue reading

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Demanding Quality of Life

Don’t ever let someone tell you, “Well, that’s as good as it gets,” without verifying they’re right. This is a medical cautionary tale, a tale of hope. You aren’t alone. This isn’t to say your diagnosis is wrong or your … Continue reading

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Gryphon Gray

*Presented here complete, a historical Ontyre tale taking place in the elfin homeland of Mythwyll located in western Ontyre. M’Ameth, follows her brother to a dangerous, uncertain destiny atop a steep peak pursued by the certain death she’s already witnessed. … Continue reading

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A Map Comes Alive!

It’s map time! In case you haven’t guessed maps are one of my favorite topics. I dearly love writing—there’s no finer main course—but I love my map making dessert, too, because it provides the opportunity to explore my visually artistic … Continue reading

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