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DEODAND: A THING THAT MUST BE OFFERED . . . .

Left-overs from my historical-biography novel research The year, 1637: Poor John Briant, lies there crumpled in the dirt, bleeding with cuts and scratches. His body has become a broken bulk. Poor, poor John is now quite dead. Who killed John? … Continue reading

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THREE ANNOYING MISTAKES MADE BY SOME WELL-KNOWN AUTHORS

Maybe this has been going on for a long time, and I just hadn’t noticed. During these last few months several of my favorite authors made some writing decisions that yanked me out of their stories and away from their … 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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Part II Revision–Three Dialogue Dilemmas

Three Dialogue Dilemmas Writers find whipping out a short paragraph to make a point is much easier than putting the information in their characters’ mouths and having them talk about it. When you pick up a book with not much … Continue reading

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Dark Moon

Wow! I do believe I’m on an astronomy kick here. For you mystery writers out there,  doesn’t Dark Moon sound more sinister than Blue Moon? “Once in a blue moon–” happens only when there is a second full moon in … Continue reading

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Help! I’m Missing In Action

Frankly, I don’t know how writers write and still find time to blog. Would someone let me know how that works?  I’m right at the end of yet another draft, and it’s been forever since I last wrote anything to … Continue reading

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