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Atmospheric River

Our area of Oregon is famous for rain. Except it isn’t rain, it’s really just drizzle. Continuous, dreary drizzle. Until now. A new term entered my vocabulary this week: “atmospheric river.”┬áThe entire west coast is being dumped on right now, particularly Northern California. I love drumming rain, but this is crazy. It’s been scary to… Continue reading Atmospheric River

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A book’s success is like surfing

I’ve released a new book, and the process kind of reminds me of surfing. Okay, body surfing. I was never brave enough–or coordinated enough!–to try it with a board. Tanning on the beach? Forget that. Why lie in the sun when you can spend the afternoon catching waves? Many summer days at Santa Monica and… Continue reading A book’s success is like surfing

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Got NaNo Writer’s Block? Welcome to the club!

I signed up for NaNo out of desperation. Yes, many of my writing friends were doing it, but for me it was a matter of survival. (I would say it was “write-or-die,” but having almost done that this last spring, I kind of can’t use the expression anymore.) I have no time, no time for… Continue reading Got NaNo Writer’s Block? Welcome to the club!

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Quit and then Start Again

I found this today on Facebook (posted by the author) and I shared it in several writers’ groups. And then I realized that you might like it too. Stopping and then starting again have become a way of life for me: It’s an everyday battle, not only with writing but with so many important things.… Continue reading Quit and then Start Again

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Author Business · Book Love · Book Production Stuff · Robert A Heinlein · The Writing Life · Think like a businessman

Day 25: Specialization is for insects

What Robert A. Heinlein said: “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch… Continue reading Day 25: Specialization is for insects

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Day 13: Leaving the Safe Zone

Crit groups and beta readers represent the deep end of the pool. While I have never been a part of a “formal” crit group, from the very beginning my writing has “gone live” on-line. Having my chapters exposed (to a select group–never to my students! Or in an “open” forum!) has kept me on my… Continue reading Day 13: Leaving the Safe Zone

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life · Write Already!

Day 7: The Slough of Writerly Despond

Writer’s block happens. One day I will be zipping along, with ideas and words flowing. And on the next it’s like I’m Christian in the Slough of Despond, mired in the mud and stuck. What? Sometimes the cause is a life block. There isn’t much you can do when you are overwhelmed by sickness (as… Continue reading Day 7: The Slough of Writerly Despond

35-Day Author Blog Challenge 2015 · Productivity Tips · The Writing Life

Day 6: My writing process

So you want to know about my writing process? Today’s prompt says that you do. So here goes. I am a rewriter. This sorry truth means that I must rework everything I write. Everything! Emails, Facebook posts, chapters in my novel, and most certainly this blog article. Because I do this, it takes a long… Continue reading Day 6: My writing process

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Day 4: Role models and mentors

Gaining a ready-made audience is one of the wonders of an on-line fan fiction forum. There is nothing quite like pushing that “Post” button and having a chapter go “live” for all the world to see. How grateful I am for readers who took the time to give feedback and encouragement, especially in those early… Continue reading Day 4: Role models and mentors

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Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.

Why do I never take on a beginner’s project? Always I must dive in with complicated instead of easy! Crazy, isn’t it? I have no one but myself to blame. What was true with counted cross stitch is just as true with writing. My debut fiction project was not a simple story, but a mammoth… Continue reading Day 3: Those that can, do. And we teach, too.