A Heavy Load

Writing is much, much harder than talking. I can’t see your face. I can’t tell if you’re trying to scoot off or if you’re bursting with news or ready to rant. Therefore, I don’t know if I should lob a quick sentence or trot out my most favoritest big words. I can’t gauge your reaction,... Continue Reading →

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Encouraging Things

I received a message in the middle bathroom stall at church, and I'm changing the blog. Covering up the bolts where the toilet paper used to hang (now we've got an attractive bronze stand that holds multiple rolls of the good stuff) is a coloring page with this Scripture quote on it: "She is clothed... Continue Reading →

That Bit’s Gone

Steve Martin recorded a Master Class. It's like ninety bucks, which is a screaming deal, but if you'd rather buy groceries this week, just watch the trailer! He has a great line where he's counseling some wanna-be comedians and tells them that if a bit they've written gets no laughs, to cut that bit for the... Continue Reading →

Churchill yo self

"A professional is an amateur who didn't quit." This quote is attributed to Richard Bach, but he claims he didn't say it, that it's just a popular maxim. I'm glad for this quote upon the receipt of a rejection letter--a nice one, as form letter rejections go, inviting me to submit additional work at a... Continue Reading →

I Am Not Beatrix Potter

Here is a quote from Beatrix Potter, (saw it on Goodreads and Tumblr): "There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you." I want you to know, this is not my experience. At all. The first words of a story are fraught with danger,... Continue Reading →

Wait! That’s me!

Page 229. THEY ARE ABOUT TO KISS, WHAT DO I DO!?!?!?!?! This is the email I just shot off to a friend, the magical unicorn angel who sometimes begs for more pages; the kind of friend who, when you think about throwing in the towel and just writing maudlin fanfic the rest of your life, reminds... Continue Reading →

READ IN YOUR GENRE (?!)

"Fantasy is my favorite genre for reading and writing. We have more options than anyone else, and the best props and special effects. That means if you want to write a fantasy story with Norse gods, sentient robots, and telepathic dinosaurs, you can do just that. Want to throw in a vampire and a lesbian... Continue Reading →

FEEDBACK

In April, the first 250 words of my work-in-progress were featured as the "real life diagnostics" on my favorite writing help blog, Fiction University. I love the way this author teaches the craft of story structure. And it's free! Anyway, it was an awesome experience and you can go check out my excerpt and the... Continue Reading →

PACKRAT

"No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild... Continue Reading →

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