Yearly Archives: 2016

Merry Christmas

Just a quick post to wish everyone out in cyber-land a wonderful Christmas. The northern California foothills are beautiful this time of year. The Sierra Nevadas are capped in white again, and the grass has recovered from its summer drought

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Rejection Letters

Even though rejection can hurt, it’s part of writing. No matter who you are or how hard you slaved over your work, not everyone will like your book. You can polish your words until they sparkle, and somebody will still

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Counting Blessings

Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday for us. We don’t do much in the way of trimmings–turkey, decorating the house, etc. We’ve spent Thanksgiving in a cabover camper eating pizza and cookie dough before. This year I’ll be spending it in

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Interview with Andrew Seiple

Our guest today, Andrew Seiple, has been a voracious reader, roleplayer, gamer, and library enthusiast for years, and is finally getting serious about writing (his words, not mine). 🙂 After a torrid, decades-long love affair with science fiction and fantasy,

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Query for Hans and Greta

Since I’ve recently posted about querying, I thought some of you might be interested in the actual query I sent. I had a lot of help with this, by the way. It took 250 posts total on the online subforum

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Thoughts from the Querying Trenches

Querying. Ugh. If there’s an activity for a writer that’s less frustrating, I don’t know what it is. I suppose it could be worse, though. I doubt agents enjoy it any more than writers do, and they’ve basically signed up

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Don’t Overlook the Look Pass

This is such a simple thing, especially in comparison to many other editing skills. Weighing adjectives and adverbs, replacing weak verbs with stronger ones–all this takes real effort and a certain amount of experience. But this one is easy. Just

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Send Sunshine by Jessica Edouard

I highly recommend this little inspirational book. I generally look at these sorts of things hoping for a little lift, something that will help me stand straighter and dive back into working. Send Sunshine met my expectations with flying colors.

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Interview with Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy and To Hunt a Sub, her debut fiction. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on

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An Easy, Fast, Ethical Way to Find Online Pics Using Google

Graphics. We all need them. Okay, once in a while we blog something with our own personal photos, but most of the time I need something quicker than creating images from scratch. So I look for other image sources. You

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