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Defeating the Self-Editing Monster

The self-editing monster is a fearsome, gruesome beast that inspires gut-churning apprehension in all who stand in its way. Hours become years as you wither away with only a dusty dictionary as a companion. Cue the candelabra, drafty room, and … Continue reading

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My Writing Journal

The year wanes so this is a good time to talk about my writing journal, which I’ve referenced, but never fully explained. Too, I’m about to retire it to become reference only — after FIVE years. It began as a … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Titles (plus news)

This is my fifth and final post in my Naming Stuff series and examines my approach to creating titles. If you struggle with this, then read on. You might find something here that helps. For this post’s second half, I’ll … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Places

This worldbuilding series is about naming, well, stuff. This post, the fourth (and next to last) addresses places like worlds, continents, and cities that populate maps and draw attention to the world created. There are NO hard and fast rules. … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Creatures and Peoples

This is my short worldbuilding series examining my approaches to naming aspects of my fantasy world. This, the third post, addresses creatures and peoples and is where I often indulge childhood fixations. Thus far in the series, Naming Stuff: Characters … Continue reading

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Naming Stuff: Glossary

I’m continuing my worldbuilding series covering my approaches to naming elements of my fantasy world. This, the second post, addresses special terms from my Ontyre glossary. I’m trying to minimize explaining magic and instead explain my approach to naming. Thus … 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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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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The Expected Flipped on Its Head

I’m doing Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m not drafting. Instead, I’m adapting it for editing. The last thing I need is to draft more books right now. I’ve also learned my lesson, that I dislike drafting when it’s hot. Except, it … Continue reading

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