I couldn’t write this stuff…

Scene 1: At an inner-city self-storage facility, I’m the only person in the lot when a nondescript panel van pulls in. I’m busy unloading the now empty bins of holiday decor, set to go back into storage, when a guy climbs out of the panel van. Nothing strange here, right? We’re at a storage facility…

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Protesting the President-Elect

Protests will make people sit up and listen. I think it may be effective in uniting those with common concerns. I think it sends an important message – to those marginalized folks? You are not alone. You have allies. I am determined to be a part of the solution for a better tomorrow. I cannot change the past. I cannot change today. But I can sure as hell make sure I do my damnedest to bring about a country where ALL of my friends and family are treated equally.

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America, what have we done…

I’m kind of an odd duck in the world of politics. Socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and a few odd subjects that swing completely opposite of what you’d expect – I don’t fit in any one candidate’s (or party’s) camp. With this year’s presidential election, there is far more at stake than who will be the next POTUS.…

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From Pantser to Plotter… I think…

There are generally two types of writers… those who plot and those who do not. Okay, obviously, there are hybrids… folks who do a bit of both, and the world is never quite as extreme black and white as all that, but… for the sake of this post, let’s go with it, m’kay? (cue the…

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NaNoWriMo… are you doing it?

It’s November, which means the writing crowd is filled with folks posting about NaNoWriMo – basically a month-long event that’s meant to encourage people to actually write, and complete, a novel in 30 days. While I have some great friends who swear by it, and participate every year, it’s not my thing. I think the idea…

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Scrivathon 2016

  First a little word from your crazy host… I rarely do anything like this – but while participating in a recent Twitter pitch contest, I met the most amazing crew of fellow writers, and when this idea got bandied about, I jumped at the chance to help out… even in a tiny little way.…

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Friends and frustrations…

It’s been a challenging month. In the midst of the usual familial stuff, we’ve also been dealing with a major fracture among some of our closest friends. I’ve been fortunate to have plenty to distract me from over-thinking the whole mess – kids, home, family, etc. plus putting a lot of effort into PitchWars (a writing contest),…

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Cheerleader and ass kicker…

So, this morning I woke up to drama. Not a big deal, really. These things happen. People disagree, and thanks to the nature of internet communications, miscommunication about those disagreements happen. The issue was handled and no one seems the worse for wear… but any time something like this happens, it makes me examine my…

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Keeping it Classy

Technically, this post is aimed at Pitch Wars participants, but really, it applies to any writer—whether participating in a contest, querying, or what. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the process, to focus on your own journey and experience—especially in a contest like Pitch Wars. Which means it’s also easy to…

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