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Cover Reveal for NIGHT OF PAN by Gail Strickland @Gailstrickland1

While I wait to see if any of my wonderful Critique Partners land a mentor in #pitchwars, I’m happy to reveal the cover of Gail Strickland’s soon-to-be-released novel, NIGHT OF PAN! Hope you enjoy the cover art as much as … Continue reading

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Be Prepared

I prepare for emergencies. It must be that early Girl Scout training. FEMA advises that everyone should have a disaster plan. So, what plans should a writer formulate over and above the usual FEMA stuff? 1. Plan for your risks. … Continue reading

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Writing in Layers

So what have I been up to since my last post? Reading, writing, working. The usual. The largely finished novel is receiving a final polish. There are two novels “in transition.” They have shape and text, but are nowhere near … Continue reading

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Tool Magic

Have I mentioned I’m a tool junkie? Chain saw, power washer, detail sander. You name it. I’m a girl who’s not afraid to get her manicured nails dirty. These past few weeks, I put my gadgets to good use sprucing … Continue reading

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Today’s Inspiration

Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice. Cypher Raige in After Earth

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#PitMad

Last week, I frittered away a lovely Friday afternoon deep in the throes of the #pitmad twitter party. If you’re a writer and don’t know about this action-packed, hair-raising event, read up. This is a golden opportunity to see if … Continue reading

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Inspiration

A few weeks back, a beta reader was going through my latest novel and asked, “Where did you come up with your story idea?” I wanted to tell her I woke up one morning and, voila, I had a terrifically … Continue reading

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Grammar Rulez

Okay. Raise your hand if you’ve ever taken a writing side job. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… Facebook posts? Twitter? Editing the master’s thesis?  If you haven’t, once your friends find out you write, you will. So read up. This past … Continue reading

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What to do when an Agent says No

Attention Writers! I am interrupting this blog for an important public service announcement. Believe me, I am passionate about my writing. And the search for an agent can be horribly frustrating. But it is NEVER EVER acceptable to hunt down … Continue reading

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Finding a Critique Partner

There is a host of writing advice sites on the Net. They counsel you on topics such as revising and rewriting. Almost all of them also suggest finding good critique partners. Not just one—several—like a Woodstock Love Fest. And then … Continue reading

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