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Finding the right fit

I was asked to guest post on  Alison Strachan's blog, Writing My Truth. The topic was critique groups, finding the right fit. If you're interested in joining a group, there are many excellent books on how to edit and the most advantageous way to interact with your...

The Last Shuttle

I'm young, but not that young. My framework for loving the space program includes images of the moon landing, early pictures of Venus and Mars from telescopes in Kitt Peak and Siding Springs Observatories, but nothing came as close to me as the shuttle program. Being...

The Great Gaiman

Wouldn't he blush to read that? But he said something that I have felt for a few months now, and he said it long before I articulated the thought. Neil Gaiman said: "Writers groups can be good and they can be bad. Depends on the people in them, and what they're in...

Heavy Editing

I haven't been traditionally published. I don't know if I ever will be traditionally published, but let me pass on a little knowledge, nay wisdom, I've picked up along the way. How to write a book: 1) Write. 2) Finish the darn thing. 3) Put it away. A week or two...

444 Project

Ever wondered how writers get their ideas? There are so many genres to read, and so many writers hopping from one style or form to another, but where do their ideas originate? I had the opportunity to join a group of writes merging their ideas. Without talking to one...

Critical Reviews

Let’s talk about leaving reviews. Please, please, if you read a book and you loved it, hated it, hated that you loved it, or couldn’t finish it, leave a review. Authors live to find out what people think of their work and only the most base will argue with your...

Editors

I thought I'd leave some thoughts on editing. I've done a lot of editing over the years, but only recently started working for independent authors as anything more than a CP. I also write my own books. Let me say two things: I'm not Hemingway. Neither are you. We all...

Trends

Trends are everywhere. We see them in architecture, government, obviously in clothing. Ever wear jean jackets with a pair of jeans? Or maybe daisy dukes? Trends are why my hair had the big '80s wave and the Jennifer Anniston. I'm an avid Tumblr reader and blog viewer...