The Bechdel Test and why I’m an asshole

I went to Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens yesterday and for many reasons, I am very interested in strong female characters in film and fiction. A big one on the top of my mind is the imminent arrival of my daughter(due date of …

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My Crime Novel Made Safe has found a home!

The short of it. Made Safe has found a publisher!   Pandamoon Publishing has acquired my crime novel Made Safe! It’s been a crazy few weeks but expect to see it published in summer 2016. Here is part of the official release.   Pandamoon Publishing is …

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Feast of Mages – Thirteen thousand words

I am thirteen thousand words into my epic fantasy novel which I am tentatively calling Feast of Mages and as a pantser   but that is ok. Some things I’ve had to world build so far include city governance, disposal of bodies, religion, food supply, …

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Writing Fantasy

My passion for reading exploded in the fifth grade when our local bookmobile(do other places have those?), a converted camper filled with books from the local library, brought the first book in the Dragonlance Chronicles to our classroom. I read that book and the third …

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#Pitchwars Mentees Selected…

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 …

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Entered in #Pitchwars!!!

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 …

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My Struggle Book 1 by Karl Ove Knausgaard

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 …

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#NewAgent and #Pit2Pub Twitter Contests

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 …

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Sample sentence from my new short story

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?

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 – …

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