“Creating Your Own World” Sessions and Other Panels at Life, the Universe, and Everything 2017 (LTUE)

It’s upon us! Life, the Universe, and Everything (LTUE) 2017 begins next week, and I’m so excited to be part of this fiction writing conference. I’ve been attending and presenting at LTUE for a couple years now, but I’m only this year realizing that students get in for free! This conference is a great opportunity […]

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Using Pressure To One’s Advantage As a Writer

Since I’ve been fairly immersed in pressure this week, I focused on finding more ways to channel it. Here’s what I came up with. Financial Pressure – Rar! I had some writing and publishing expenses beyond my usual monthly investment. Unusual outlays of cash have always created dissonance for me as an artist, because I […]

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Daring to Squirm as a Writer

Last night I was at a singles event where a relationship expert presented techniques on how to flirt. And then we were turned loose to flirt. – All introverts just shrieked in horror. – I know because I pick up the introvert frequency. While I’ve trained myself to be a fairly gutsy and outgoing lady, […]

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Full Cast Versus Single Reader Audio Books

This week I have a question for my fellow audio book nerds: full cast or single reader? I have developed a distinct preference, but I realize that doesn’t mean everyone else has. To get a better sense for the general feeling among others who ingest much of their reading through their ears, I thought I’d […]

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Is Writing Fiction An Impossible Dream?

Yesterday I heard “The Impossible Dream” on the radio and it completely changed my day and mood. This ballad sung by Don Quixote in the play Man of La Mancha is pretty much the lyrical equivalent of a motivational poster, so it is a guilty pleasure of the overly-noble, heavy-handed, cheesy variety. Perfect. Basically, whether it’s writing fiction […]

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13 Simple Ways to Be More Poetic Today

National Poetry Month continues! Today I’m posting this awesome pic and link to one of Lewis Carroll’s lesser-known poems: The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits. It has some of the same ideas and playful portmanteau as the more popular Jabberwocky. And since most of us have more to do than time, I’m posting […]

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A Gaggle of Favorite Poems

This week I am continuing my celebration of National Poetry Month by posting a gaggle of favorites. A gaggle is a term of venery for a flock of geese that is not in flight; in flight, the group can be called a skein. A gaggle is equal to at least five geese. A gaggle is […]

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Increasing Writerly Decisiveness

So much of the time, we wring our hands that we don’t know what to do about our problems, writing problems included. But fascinatingly, we do know what to do in many cases. We just don’t like the answers! I’m sometimes guilty of this. Maybe my options are not tidy or clear-cut, which makes me […]

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