Category Archives: Writing

Camp Howyouwriteit: Plotters vs. Pantsters

Ahhh, summer camp. We take the bus out to the idyllic woods and either you get off at Camp Plotter, flying it’s very well-constructed flag, or Camp Pantster, flying, well, someone’s pants. The two camps get along reasonably well. Sometimes … Continue reading

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My Wordy Valentine

Books are like a relationship. You put a lot of effort into it, flirt with it, flutter your eyelashes and maybe, just maybe, that story will like you back. My debut novel, Phoenix, was my first love. We spent long … Continue reading

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Live on Amazon … Another Step to Reality

My publisher posted this earlier today. Phoenix is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. I have to admit – this is pretty freaking exciting. 

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The Booker Award … For People Who Refuse to Live in the Real World

The lovely Pat Wood (http://patwoodblogging.wordpress.com/) nominated me for The Booker Award and I can’t resist an opportunity to share some of my favorite books. The rules are pretty simple – I list my top five books and what I’m reading … Continue reading

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Phoenix is a Scorpio

Authors celebrate the date of their book launch as the book’s birthday. And, never one to pass up a good birthday party, I’m excited to announce that Phoenix will be born on November 19 (cue the streamers and balloons. And … Continue reading

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The Power of Words

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me. We all sing-songed those words as kids (followed with a “niyeah”) to ward off the careless words of other children. And while I’d hate to ruin a … Continue reading

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On Final Approach

Writing is a journey. And like most good journeys, it’s about what happens along the way more than the destination. But I’m now on my final approach for Phoenix … Readers, thank you for flying with us on Air Phoenix. … Continue reading

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Mommy, Where Do Stories Come From?

It’s probably easier to explain the birds and the bees to a four-year-old than it is to explain where stories come from. While there are far fewer body parts involved, the answer isn’t simple at all because each writer has … Continue reading

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What’s In a Name?

That which we call a character By any other name smell as sweet? Juliet may have been trying to soothe her lover’s concerns over their warring families, but I completely disagree with her notion that a name is a meaningless … Continue reading

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What Else I’ve Been Doing …

It’s a beautiful rainy Sunday and our new dog woke us up at 6:30 (sweet Charlie doesn’t realize mom and dad won’t be late to work on a Sunday). I should be composing a profound and educational blog, but I … Continue reading

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