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Writing in a Journal

I got a journal when I was 12 years old. I didn’t write regularly in it, but enough is there to bring me back to that time and attitude. One entry, March 3, 1984, on the second day of having the flu, started out with this: Today was just as bad ...

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New thoughts on the business of writing

It’s kind of scary, actually. When I first started moving towards being a professional writer, I learned several things. Do short stories, get a name, then write a novel, submit to agents, get an agent, then hope the agent gets a publisher for the novel. A year ago I would never, ever ...

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Blue Moon Ranch and live alpacas

I had decided that my stargazing, herding culture would herd alpacas instead of sheep. Just to be different and because I’d read they were very intelligent and social. Sounds like a nice group for my very philosophical, regretful culture who are looking forward to the day they can redeem themselves ...

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Fiber arts in world building

I like to knit. It does a lot of things for me. I decided to take it up instead of doing Mahjong or Solitaire or other memory/puzzle games that I used to “defrag” my brain. That way, I’d be increasing a useful skill, and milestones would be things that I ...

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The Killers Concert

 I’d said right after the concert was done that I would blog about it, so my oldest daughter has been waiting for this post. So I guess I must. It isn’t that I don’t want to write about it. It is just that I have had second thoughts about how ...

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50 K Words, 20 Stories in Nov

So, the last few years I have considered myself unable to do Nanowrimo. Good reasons: Last year I actually was writing a book in November, and got 70K words done in about 2 months. Non-fiction doesn’t count, though, and I took the contract with a 2 month deadling. Novels don’t ...

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Writing goals and changes

I’ve been starting to come to a realization lately. My work at Geekatplay will simply not let up enough for me to concentrate on my writing career as much as I’d like. I’ve decided to not focus on getting a novel done this year, but instead to write short stories ...

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