Category Archives: On Writing

The Best Submission Trackers for Busy #Writers

The submission process isn’t an easy thing. Whether periodical or agent, every venue you submit to has their own individualized requirements. It’s hard enough following all the specific directions, jumping through all the hoops, hoping that you don’t commit some … Continue reading

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When #Writers meet #Authors ~ Lessons Learned

I’m a writer. My bliss in life is creating fictional worlds in which (mostly) fictional characters interact. My short fiction has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, but until that all elusive agent/publishing deal comes through for … Continue reading

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Black Ink Contests ~ Flash Fiction

While perusing the web last month, I somehow came across a Valentine’s Flash Fiction contest. On a whim, I entered. And I won! This isn’t the type of thing I normally do. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even remember … Continue reading

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Life Happens ~ Speed Bumps, Traffic and Detours

2016 is off to an interesting start. Challenging, but not bad. It’s the wisdom to see the difference – how difficulty can be a positive thing – that has inspired this blog post, as well as how I view my … Continue reading

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Goals for the New Year

I realize that everyone and their extended family going back two generations into the grave will probably be posting their New Years Resolutions, and I’m usually not one to jump on the bandwagon, so I’m not going to. You can … Continue reading

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The Beauty of a Bad Book

There’s nothing like a good book to inspire a writer. You read an incredible story that transports you to another place, and magically, you’re unable to put the book down. The beautiful prose, the edgy dialogue, you read it and … Continue reading

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The Agony of the Query Letter

There is nothing quite like the agony of writing the query letter. Imagine – you pour your heart, soul and time into writing a novel. You’ve overcome hundreds of insecurities, millions of excuses, and managed to convince yourself that the 80,000 words … Continue reading

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Waking Up to Rejection

As any writer knows, there’s nothing quite like starting your day with a nice dose of rejection. Not that we don’t appreciate all the hard working editors toiling into the wee hours of the morning to send that email at … Continue reading

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The Secret of a Cup a Day

 Whenever, in conversation with a new acquaintance, people find out that I write, I get the inevitable comments about how much coffee I must drink. It’s true. Somehow, the notion of someone who writes and a coffee guzzling fiend have become … Continue reading

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Christmas in November – The Bram Stoker Awards

It’s time for the annual Bram Stoker Award recommendations which, for a voracious read like me, is like Christmas in November. Imagine having your inbox filled with the year’s best short stories, anthologies, novels and poetry collections – for free! This … Continue reading

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