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10,000 hours

Recently, I’ve read that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at anything. That means that we need to read (like writers) and write for 10,000 hours to build a foundation from which to launch our art. How much reading and writing do you do?

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New President-Elect

It’s a relief to say that we have a new president-elect in the USA . Big sigh of relief! Maybe now I won’t be considered a traitor when I disagree with him.  [tongue in cheek] The writing’s been slow these past months. Making a big move has taken all my attention and energy. Although I […]

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Focus on the negative

As a firm believer in working on our strengths, instead of our weaknesses, I also believe that a positive mental attitude carries us farther. Recently, my positive attitude has been sorely tested. We’re working to make a big change in our lives and I’ve become fatigued. Not tired. Fatigued. Mind numbing. Thought swallowing. Brain wading […]

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What do editors / agents / publishers really want?

Have you ever wondered what an editor, agent, publisher really wants in a story? Do you have story ideas that seem great in the moment, but become just like everyone else’s? Is your story a cliche? If so, you’re not alone. We all come up with a plot that has conflict. Conflict has only three […]

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First reader at Flashing Swords Magazine

A couple of months ago, the managing editor of Flashing Swords Magazine asked for volunteers to read submitted stories. The magazine publishes mostly Sword and Sorcery (SS) stories, so I was very interested. The editor sent me a story to review and comment on, and I sent her my comments. After that, I was on […]

Mysteries – How do we plot them?

I’m writing a novel. Oh, yes. Just like everyone else. My novel is a hybrid of mystery and thriller. There is a mystery at the core of the story, but there’s a lot of action before it’s solved. Like all good mysteries, the plot needs to take the reader to different places before the mystery […]

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Placed in short story contest

I won second place in a short story competition! Woo hoo!! This story is a flash fiction piece named Of Spiders and Monsters. The theme for the contest was “snowbound.” Since the magazine is all about science fiction, fantasy, and horror (with fantastic elements), I wrote about what a human mind does during extreme isolation. […]

Writing and submitting

This blog is the ongoing account of my writing career. Coming to this career later in life – I’m no eighteen year old wonder – it’s both easier and harder than I thought it would be. For me, the easy part is coming up with story ideas. The hard part is creating the vessel to […]