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Sadness and Other Good Things

When I was an infant, my grandmother (pictured over there) would put a blanket on the floor for my naps. Her German Shepherd puppy, Jill (also pictured), would curl up around me and nap too. At the time, my mother was depressed and suicidal. Perhaps she wasn’t the best mother those early days, but eventually … Continue reading

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To Write or Not Write That Sex Scene

Why not fade to black and leave it all to the imagination? The reader’s imagination is a great thing and shouldn’t be underestimated. The comments on yesterday’s post made me think about several issues when deciding whether or not to write a sex scene. I’m no expert at writing such things, so this is mostly … Continue reading