Category Archives: Main Blog

Managing a Series in Scrivener

As anyone who’s read my blog likely knows, I’m writing a fantasy series. Okay, actually, kinda sorta, three series (Kovenlore Chronicles, Pannulus Mysteries, and Thornwillow Tales), but I’m focusing on one right now or nothing will ever be published. That … Continue reading

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This Writer’s Essential Flexibility

My writing process mimics crossing a stream. In late summer I hop from rock to rock. In spring I find a bridge. In winter I manage the ice. Same stream. Same goal. Meanwhile, my process depends on the flow and … Continue reading

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Literally Cutting Paths to Writing Inspiration in a Time of Healing

I’m always rediscovering my inspiration roots. Sit quiet. Listen. If you hear a stream or river then you hear today’s topic, one I found in the most unlikely of places during a time of healing. I often think of it … Continue reading

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Weighing the Reader’s Ideal Experience

One problem with my weekly blogs is you all witness my decisions in real time, good and bad. Then again, it’s an honest glimpse into my writing and publishing journey. It has to be honest, why else would I sometimes … Continue reading

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My Conceptual Compulsion Approach to Writing

Another episode of Christina’s quirky compulsions… I have a strong conceptual approach to all my creative endeavors. I’m sharing this because some of my approaches are actually accepted elements in good writing, but not all. This is a bit abstract … Continue reading

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Silly Ole Crow – A Companion Animal Who Altered a Character’s Course

I’ve often talked about animal characters, but there remains one who’s unique. That animal is Mazatta the crow. Something of an afterthought when he was added in Kovenlore Chronicles Book2, A River in Each Hand, he ended up having a … Continue reading

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Fantasy Worldbuilding: Zooming In

Okay, this is a long blog post. Sorry (but not really). If you’re a fan of fantasy, maps, and worldbuilding, then you should enjoy this. I have to tell you, I had the time of my life writing it, even … Continue reading

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The Notorious Flashback

Given how I used to write, it’s strange to blog about the dangers and weaknesses associated with flashbacks. Back in the day, I was more than happy to spread them around willy-nilly. In the years that followed, I learned the … Continue reading

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IF

IF. One word, two letters. It appears in multiple well known phrases, but two, poles apart, have impacted my life the most. One phrase looks back, the other forward. One phrase would pull my life apart if I allowed it. … Continue reading

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Determined Hope

To paraphrase the legendary Tina Turner, “What’s hope got to do with it?” Everything. Life experience has taught me that. In some circles, hope is simply optimism, a belief in a positive outcome. My view is a certainty that, if … Continue reading

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