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Perfect Sentences and Other Lies

Some people promise to diet or to exercise every day or to be more patient. Do you do that? Swear you’re going to be different and somewhere between three minutes and three days that is all shot to hell? Mine is that I’m going to be less neurotic. I’ve been trying to come up with … Continue reading

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Why is it dark in here?

Recently I joked, “I could’ve written a light comedy.” And my husband replied, “I don’t think you have light comedy in you.” A friend said, “It’s odd because you’re a funny person.” Hey, I didn’t set out to write a dark, emotional novel. I started with an image and went from there. But I don’t … Continue reading

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The Dreaded “A” Question

I hate the “A” question. So, I read a blog post by my friend JES regarding the “A” word–as in What is your novel About? An agent is currently looking at my first novel, and this “A” question is on my mind. My first novel is about a difficult subject…a conversation stopper subject. Now let’s … Continue reading