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Colorful Clips – The Queen’s Assassin

I’m not always proud of my writing - especially while I'm editing the monstrosity known to friends and family as The Queen's Assassin. Some sentences merely exist to get the reader from point A to point B as quickly and... Continue Reading →

Beautiful People: Couples Edition – February 2017

Okay, first of all. How dare you? How dare you ask me to do a Beautiful People about only one of my lovely pairings. It’s not fair. I don’t like it. I’m going to do at least two, maybe seventeen,... Continue Reading →

Character Vocabulary: Making a Character Sound Real

Look at your favorite book or your WIP, find a scene, and take out all the dialogue tags (Joe said, she shouted, the undertaker grumbled, etc.) All of them. Can you tell who is speaking by the words they’re using?... Continue Reading →

The Memories of Godric Dorial

So, Bill and I are getting ready for the holidays. For those of you who don't know, forgot, or had better things to be doing with your time: Bill is the temporary name I gave to the work-in-progress novel for... Continue Reading →

NaNo – The unexpected

What I love about NaNoWriMo is the unexpected gifts born of desperation. That's really the point of the month, isn't it? Desperate to finish the word count of the day, we start making stuff up, and occasionally find gems within... Continue Reading →

NaNo Update – 10 days in the trenches

Speaking to you live from the cave of your favorite Nomadic Troglodyte, I have ... *drumroll* a NaNoWriMo Update. So here's the thing about NaNoWriMo: it doesn't really inspire good writing. However, it inspires lots of writing, which is the... Continue Reading →

Why I write alone…

I don't always. Some of my best writing memories include riding in a car with my crazy, writer brain-twin and passing our laptops back and forth in complete silence so we could live-read what the other was working on, sitting... Continue Reading →

Manly Men Needed

The NaNoWriMo forums are a gift and a curse, and maybe a little more curse. Sometimes ya get writers giving writer-ly advice using bile-inducing grammar, punctuation, logic, and word choice. Sometimes the forums suck you into a vortex of internet confusion... Continue Reading →

Early Stages of Novel – A Love Story

Every writer will tell you a different story. No, I'm not making some grand philosophical point, I'm telling you that each writer will literally inform you, should you be so bold as to ask, of the beginning of their conception... Continue Reading →

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