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#Pitchwars Mentees Selected…

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I didn’t get selected for #Pitchwars but I cannot complain. I got one partial request and got to dream for two weeks with a thousand or so of my writer friends. Here are the awesome writers who got selected. That’s the bad news. But not really. It was fantastic to connect with all of the […]

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Entered in #Pitchwars!!!

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A few days ago I entered my mystery manuscript Made Safe in #pitchwars, a contest for completed manuscripts hosted by Brenda Drake. This is a fantastic contest with a bunch of great mentors in a broad range of categories. So now the waiting and twitter stalking commences. There were well over 1500 entries and only […]

Reading

My Struggle Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle Book 1 has been out now for several years but there are no doubt people late to the game like I am. Book four just came out which is how I became aware of the collection. I heard a review of it on NPR one morning and was immediately intrigued. […]

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#NewAgent and #Pit2Pub Twitter Contests

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Today is a great day on Twitter! I am participating in #NewAgent and #Pit2Pub. Pit2Pub is a twitter pitch to publishers managed over at Kristin D. Van Risseghem’s site. #NewAgent is a query directed at new literary agents. #NewAgent has a few more rules managed over at michelle4laughs.blogspot.com so read up. I’ve sent of my #NewAgent query and […]

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Sample sentence from my new short story

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Here is the first sentence from my new short story. What do you think? The first time I went by our house and kept driving, I only went around the block, but even then I knew I was conditioning myself to the idea of leaving.

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Reading more than one book at a time?

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I have a problem with starting several books at the same time. I have newfound resolve to finish every book I start from now on. Here is a sample of what I am reading and will finish. On Writing – Stephen King The Passage – Justin Cronin The Price of Admiralty – John Keegan My […]

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Getting Ready to Send out Short Story Twenty Steps

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I’ve been working on a short story for a few months now called Twenty Steps. I am going to send it out to a few contests. It’s a fairly dark story(go figure) about a girl and an unknown assailant. I’ve been working on deepening it and making sure that I live up to the promise […]

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Working on Made Safe…Still

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I’ve been working on Made Safe for a few years now. I completed the first draft almost two years ago and then promptly threw it all out and started over. Last year I finished the rewrite and have been going through the revision process ever since. I recently read something along the lines of ‘writing […]