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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. ¬†ūüėÄ So you have a friend who is published, creating that little bit of alchemy that transforms a writer into an author.¬† It‚Äôs 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‚Ķwhich 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, ‚ÄúI 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. ¬†ūüôā I have often said to people something like, ‚ÄúIf you are not made easily happy, it will be hard for you to be happy at all.‚ÄĚ The Blog Hop is about the little things that make us happy‚Ķand I think that it‚Äôs …

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So, I finally, actually wrote the ending to The Chocolatier‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúOMG I AM A WRITER‚ÄĚ high for a bit. I looked at the list of ‚Äúchapters‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôll …

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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‚Äôs¬†Ghost,¬†especially¬†since¬†I¬†need¬†to¬†do ¬† a¬†semi-re-read¬†of¬†The Chocolatier‚Äôs¬†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‚Äôs¬†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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So, I think I am finally wrapping up The Key to All Things. ¬†It’s about stories. ¬†And love. ¬†And it’s a mystery with air ships and fae magic and swash buckling. I am really pleased with it. ¬†It FEELS right. After this, I am unsure what to do…a screen play, a sequel to this, or a look at the hot mess I think The Chocolatier’s Ghost is. ¬†If I do it right, and if …

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