Category Archives: Main Blog

A Top 10 List of Dubious Importance: Rise & Shine!

Time for a little fanciful whimsy. Partly because I needed a break from the usual and partly because… I won’t go there. There are so many things we do in life that we never question. We believe the way we’ve … Continue reading

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Drafting Madness, Oh How I Love to Catch It

Oh no. Yikes. I’m doomed. July Camp NaNo approaches and I’m going to draft another novel. Stop me before I draft again! Too late. As if I need more editing to do. Then again, there’ll be the rest of the … Continue reading

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I’ll Keep Writing

Ah, the mystery that is me. Or not. Actually, the more fascinating mystery are my Ontyre books. I talk about them quite often, which makes sense since they’re so much a part of me, yet they remain largely hidden. More … Continue reading

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Rescuing the Opening

Beginnings. Openings. Oh the dread. I mentioned last week I’d gone through four different openings to A River in Each Hand. Too true. I’m not talking about editing four times, but literally scrapping four openings and starting over. Too, I … Continue reading

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Drafting Disaster! Yet I’m Smiling.

Failures, big and small, teach and yield inspiration. The last two weeks (HERE and HERE) I’ve talked about the process I’ve settled on (for now) to even out my initial draft before setting it aside. Well, lucky you, this week … Continue reading

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My Early Revision Levels

Last week I talked about my reluctance to set aside a draft until I was comfortable with its overall consistency and quality. This week I’ll share the process that’s evolved over time. Please note this isn’t a formal method. Until … Continue reading

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Walking Through

Something a little different today. I’m writing this late on Monday for my normal poem posting on Tuesday. And if you’re expecting a poem for Tuesday please keep reading. It’s there. At the end. But first I wanted a few … Continue reading

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When is a 1st Draft a 1st Draft?

I don’t write a writer advice column. An expert I am not. What I am is a writer exploring a fantasy world and working to perfect my process. That process, I expect, will still be perpetually under construction and vary … Continue reading

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A Draft’s Wondrous Surprises

I must actually be getting somewhere with this whole writing thing. Not only can I be self-critical, but I’m okay with the self-criticism. In fact, it’s constructive self-criticism. When I reviewed what I’d written over the proceeding thirty days I … Continue reading

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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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