Category Archives: Pen Points

BOOK-LAUNCH PHOTO CELEBRATION

Several years after I started writing, one of my dearest friends said, “When this book gets published, I’m throwing a huge party.” She thought she had a couple of years to prepare. Eight years later, on June 12, 2016, she, … Continue reading

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU SUBMITT YOUR MANUSCRIPT?

Last year at the 2015 Colorado Gold Conference, I moderated a lively panel discussion by incredibly sharp-witted agents and editors.  I had no idea why they asked me to moderate this panel, but I have to say, I enjoyed every … Continue reading

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If praise is given for what’s expected, then why strive to excel?

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I Hear Voices Part III

I used to teach teachers how to teach writing. They’d ask, “How do you give the characters’ different voices?” Simple answer: listen to how words are used, listen to how words are said, listen, listen, and watch. Tempo: Whenever my … Continue reading

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I Hear Voices: Part 1

I’ve always heard voices. I’m sorry for those who don’t. Remember those lazy years when you didn’t have to clean house or pay taxes?  I mean those years way back when you woke up knowing the neighborhood kids were already … Continue reading

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Sky Magic and Writing

Astronomers found a surprise recently, but it triggered a prehistoric image for me. On October 10, 2012, the European Space Observatory, ALMA, released the photo of a mysterious pattern that surrounded an old star, R Sculptoris. This spiraling material made … Continue reading

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Part III Revision: Push, Poke, or Press?

I have to tell you, this cake was good. By good, I don’t mean scrupulous, or righteous, nor do I mean proficient, talented, or adept. Of course not, that’s silly. This type good means yummy, delicious, and scrumptious.                                            … Continue reading

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