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Write. Write some more. Then keep writing.

Okay, maybe in that picture I’m just typing an email. It’s hard to say for sure. But my husband took that picture around the time I started my novel–in the year 2000 or 2001. And that’s the laptop I started writing it on (RIP first laptop) and the desk I was sitting at. I certainly … Continue reading

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Is that the best you can do?

In high school I spent one year on the yearbook staff. I started the class really excited, and I ended the class hoping never to speak of it again. When my mother saw the section I’d worked on–the advertising section, which I hated but did work hard on–she said, “That doesn’t look very good. That’s … Continue reading

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Navigating New Seas

In case you have somehow escaped me telling you, I have found a publisher. This press is small and new and in the UK. Since it was a UK literary journal that published my first short story and the BBC is my favorite channel, a British publisher makes sense really. Don’t you think? The name … Continue reading

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Maybe a Temper Tantrum

Sometimes I may begrudge every other published writer everything. You know, in moments of personality collapse. Meaning, those moments when I’m not the great and fantabulist soul I want to be. (Yes. Fantabulist.) Those moments when I’m resistant, cranky, jealous, and generally not nice. (All you saints out there can begin throwing stones at any … Continue reading