I’m back! There are only three weeks left in the semester, and I’m ready to get back to writing, as well as catching up on my stack of books. Since we’re about to observe Thanksgiving, and since my birthday is also in November, I thought I’d offer a few words of thanks. I’ve decided to … Continue reading Gratitude
I have been remiss in my blogging! September came crashing in, and nearly ran me over. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But, I’m teaching writing at the College of Southern Maryland again, and have a larger course load than usual. Two classes amount to forty essays employing different rhetorical devices for argumentation every … Continue reading I’ve gotta put a ball gag on my monkey mind
It’s one of the perennial questions indie writers like to ask each other: outline a novel ahead of the composition, or make things up as you go along? Do you plan everything ahead, or write by the seat of your pants? Are you a plotter or a panster? In my experience this is a question … Continue reading I’ve Lost My Pants
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This past Saturday I participated in a local writer’s reception at the library one county up from mine. I was excited. I’d spent the day before on the floor of my office with copies of my books, organizing the trilogies and putting them into special tote bags filled with pens, t-shirts, notepads, and bookmarks to … Continue reading It Don’t Come Easy
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If you read through interviews with popular authors, they inevitably get asked the question, “What are your favorite books,” or “Which writers have influenced you the most.” When I began this blog, I swore to myself that I was most definitely not going to turn it into a book review site. As someone who dedicates … Continue reading How to Write a Book
“Once upon a time...” I think that was the phrase that sealed my fate. Like most little girls my age, I grew up on fairy tales. Mystical woods and faraway lands full of simultaneously unreal and all-too-real people and creatures drove my imaginary play. The woods between my house and my friends’ were alive with … Continue reading Once Upon a Time
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I just returned from a long weekend at my “happy place,” an ashram in Massachusetts called Kripalu. As some of you know, one of the hats I wear is that of a yoga teacher (well, I don’t wear a hat when I teach). I try to get up to Kripalu every year or so for … Continue reading Setting the Characters Free