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The Swampy Middle

Two NaNoWriMos ago, I generated the first draft of a story. I was so impressed with myself and the complexity of my story. It was the best thing I’d ever written. Now, after more than a year of fighting with the revision, I’m not sure I’ve made it structurally any better, but the quality of […]

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Yo, 2017. I’ve got plans.

2017 is the Year of Finishing and Polishing my stories. I have decreed it. Let it be so and thus and henceforth. Goal: Guest Blog  Score one for me, because I did finish this one thing!  I guest blogged about my experiences as a beta reader. While it can be rewarding, sometimes it’s painful. My post, […]

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Annual Fundraising Rant

  Anyone who wants to buy some over-priced crap for my kid’s school fundraiser– you’re in luck! Theoretically, orders were due on 9/30, but they have that buffer week for irresponsible and apathetic parents like me. So, if you are in need of a butt load of wrapping paper, oddball kitchen gadgets, and allergen laced […]

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Miss Jean Louise and the Perfect Facial

Miss Jean Louise, one of our GISHWHES top wranglers, has been known to ride orcas naked and she wore meat dresses long before Lady Gaga made them fashionable, but one of her lesser known hobbies is stalking dermatologists. It’s more of an obsession than a hobby, really. One fine day, while riding the orcas, Miss […]

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GISHWHES Week is Upon Us!

I’ve been silent for the summer, but G.I.S.H.W.H.E.S. (Greatest Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen) has brought me out of hiatus, much like the actors prepping for the fall season. So far, I’ve taken power tools to artichokes and duct taped a toilet. This is all par for the hunt and way more fun […]

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Top 10 Items In My Fantasy Armory

Dragon. duh. (firebreathing. double duh.) A spinning orb. We don’t know what it does yet, but it spins like mad in the presence of Cheetos. A singing sword, but it only sings lullabies One disgruntled former cookie elf. He knows the secret ingredients… Throwing stars that apparate and can kill across dimensions Daggers that respond to […]

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The Fifth Coin Updates

  Revisions, revisions. Through Author Accelerator, I’ve been working on the revision of a very rough draft of my Urban Fantasy “The Fifth Coin” (working title). Lexie has been living as a magically untalented waitress hiding her one, true unsanctioned talent from the Magic Commission, who would labotomize her to learn about her ability. Late […]

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TGI Leapyear

The stockings no longer hang by the chimney with care, but the mantle is loaded with snowmen. I’m too busy writing to replace them with heart decorations. Thank goodness for leap year because I need every extra minute of February. My novel-in-progress, The Fifth Coin, fills my weeks. The draft sat on my hard drive […]

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Elf Off the Shelf

Last night’s New Year’s party lingered in Sherman’s rum punch-soaked brain. The elf rolled over in his dormitory bunk at the North Pole. His head pounded with the motion. The New Year rang like a bell in his head. Sherman vaguely recalled a commitment today, but his bed was warm like a little mouse burrow. […]

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Review of “Nomad” by Matthew Mather

I recommend Nomad to hard-core sci-fi lovers and anyone who loves a good apocalypse disaster story. The vivid imagery throughout brought me into the story and the plot moved forward with unexpected twists and turns as I have come to expect from this author. I can visualize the story in my mind as a movie […]

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