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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but finding presents – or at least knowing what to get for people – can be a headache.   May I suggest a few ideas?  My books all happen to pair nicely with small things to create easy to pull together themed presents. The following can be made to fit to any price range.  The only thing…well, they have to like to read! So, grab a …

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Since Tuesday kicks off my several week blog tour, I thought this article, which I wrote but have not yet published, was timely.  😀 So you have a friend who is published, creating that little bit of alchemy that transforms a writer into an author.  It’s not as easy as you may think, and, in itself, an accomplishment worth celebrating. So, how do you help them? First, a caveat.  This article is not meant …

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So, I needed to change a fuse in a secondary fuse box…which means walking out of the house, around the front, and unlocking the cellar door to get into the master box to shut down the main power, because I am not fooling around with electricity if there is a slight chance I can meet my maker sooner than I would like. ANYWAY.  I think, “I could leave the cellar door open.  I live …

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  Hello!  Colleen S. Myers is hosting a Blog Hop…look below to see more blogs, some of which are giving cool stuff away, and to enter to win a gift card.  🙂 I have often said to people something like, “If you are not made easily happy, it will be hard for you to be happy at all.” The Blog Hop is about the little things that make us happy…and I think that it’s …

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So, I finally, actually wrote the ending to The Chocolatier’s Ghost.  I officially finished Tuesday, and it was marvelous.  After weeks of brutally pulling the words out of the cold muck of my head and setting them, carefully, side by side the ending came in a flood of words.  I totally had that “OMG I AM A WRITER” high for a bit. I looked at the list of “chapters” in Scrivener, and counted them, …

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Falling in love with writing was easy. You live out in the middle of nowhere, stories become your friends.  Stories on the long bus rides to and from school, stories while you play, stories while you fall asleep. To this day I think more in stories, I often day dream things to help me figure out what to say or what to do.  I would rather day dream than think about my day.  I’ll …

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One of the things I allowed myself to get excited about was that a friend of a friend paved the way for me to submit to his agent. I’ve cold-submitted so many times that this one felt…especially hopeful. I had a brand new query letter written more by a friend who’s dead good at queries than myself, and I thought my package was good. And I got a very nice email…just the right amount …

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1. Participate in SFFPit. 2. Assume no one will like your tweets. 3. Someone does. 4. Find out you need a synopsis. 5. Panic. I know better, I really do. To really become a successful author, you should have a variety of things ready. I used to always have, shiny, and ready to go: 1. A strong query letter. 2. An outline. 3. A 4 page synopsis 4. A 1 page synopsis 5. The …

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There’s a phrase in fencing called “Poke and pray” — basically you thrust your sword at a person and hope that your tip lands before theirs does. It’s inelegant, it’s just flailing and hoping. On the field you want to be mindful, you want to use your skills, but sometimes, well. Sometimes life is not ideal. And sometimes, the writing world is like that. You like to think that it’s all about skill, right? …

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I am trying to get words back into my head.  When I write the world is just there and it fills my head up, and everythingis fine.  But right now, my head is so empty (no snark, please) that I am having a hard time trying to decide what to do next.  I am leaning heavily towards trying to figure out how I screwed up The Chocolatier’s Ghost, especially since I need to do   a semi-re-read of The Chocolatier’s Wife so I can insert illustrations for a hopefully to someday come out hard cover edition. (I know, right?  HARDCOVER.) And I want to draw a map.  I need to draw one so we can see where all my lands are — Pandroth and Berengeny and the new island in the new book, whose name escapes me — and not someday mix up my geography. That’s the danger of writing a series. Every time you publish a book you publish hard and fast rules that you need to make sure of, for consistency. I’d written a rant and got worried that I would offend someone, so I took it out.  I try and be kind, but…sometimes.

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