Zadie Smith at Unbound Book Festival

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Unbound Book Festival in Columbia, Missouri just ended over the weekend. I became aware of the four-year-old event last year when Salmon Rushdie headlined (I had a FREE ticket, they are all free) but could not attend. But when Zadie Smith was announced as the headliner for 2018, I immediately got two tickets and made […]

Two Months of Dreams Fulfilled

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We are fast approaching two months since my debut novel MADE SAFE launched into the world, fulfilling my childhood dream of being a published author. In that time there have been a few other firsts: My novel has shown up on library shelves in my area.   I participated in my first author fair and made […]

A Writer’s Retreat, Pneumonia, Surgery and the Edit Letter

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  The last few weeks have been insanely good and bad. I participated in my first ever writer’s retreat put on by Des Moines Writer’s Workshop which I am a part of. It was a great experience AND I got my edit letter from my publisher on the opening day of the weekend giving me […]

Write On: Military and Armed Forces Discussion with Jeff Messick

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Go check out the latest Write On over on Sarah K. Stephen’s website. She talks with Jeff Messick a nine-year veteran of the USAF about his experience serving the United States of America as a member of the Air Force. It’s a great interview with a wealth of information for writers looking to accurately portray […]

Write On: Hemmed In! I talk Ernest Hemingway with Sarah K. Stephens

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This is the second post in my collaboration with Sarah K. Stephens that we are calling Write On. It is a deep dive into some topics that interest us. Here is one of the questions I answered on Hemingway. 5. For all of our readers who perhaps despised having to read A Farewell to Arms […]

Kevin Smith Got Me Writing – Part 2

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The meat. The goods. Why did Kevin Smith get my writing? In Part 1 of this post I tried to explain how a creative person was crushed by the system that he’d been a part of for twenty years. He made all the movies and the sequels and had gotten to work with the stars, […]

Kevin Smith Got Me Writing – Part 1

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I am representative of GenrerationX. We aren’t the darling of the media anymore like the Millenials are or a dominant group like the Boomers but we have our own unique ‘damn the man’ attitude that has produced some excellent art over the last twenty years. One of the many talented individuals of GenX is named […]

Interview with Des Moines Writer’s Workshop founder Beth Burgmeyer

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Beth Burgmeyer writes upmarket and women’s fiction. She loves to write about real life, about characters who are struggling with serious, life changing issues. Beth has several completed manuscripts and is starting the process of querying literary agents. Several of her manuscripts have finaled and placed in both national and local writing contests. Beth lives near Des Moines, Iowa with […]

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 […]

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 […]