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Where is My Reset Button?

Ever have one of those weeks when the tiny little CPU inside your skull starts to vibrate from the overload? I swear I smell something burning.  While I uncoil a paperclip and jab the pointy end in my eyeball, let me explain how I got here. Everything demands attention, this very minute.  Do this!  Make that! […]

A Voice on Editing and Ego

Editing a manuscript is one thing you cannot shortcut.  The process is direct, personal and, if you’re not ready for it, editing will rip the flesh from your bones, leaving you and your story a quivering mass of gelatin. Like most things in life, I’ve learned this the hard way.  You’ve finished a draft of your […]

As Common as a Tramp Stamp in a Trailer Park

Working in and around prisons for years tends to change your outlook on things – and people.  And, usually for good reason. Couple that little tidbit of learned behavior with the sick and twisted brain wave patterns of a mystery writer and all bets are off.  Any snippet of a conversation overheard in a coffee shop, […]

Stories From the Dog Bed

Here I sit, in my half completed writing room.  A few months worth of sweat, blood and tears and I’m almost there. Almost. I like to consider myself a decently skilled DIYer.  I’ve watched more than a few reruns of Renovation Realities on the DIY Network.  If you ever need to feel good about yourself, just […]

It’s All About The Backstory

The Backstory Everything has its own unique story, a history, that “what made you who you are” element.  When you sit in a coffee shop and listen to the chatter, the unspoken backstory is the thing that makes you want to know more about the people.  It influences the way we see them, the way […]

Reading Goes To The Dogs

Remember back when you were a kid?  I mean way back, when you were just a little nipper, in school learning to read. I recall my first or second grade teacher, Mrs. SomethingOrAnother (see how much of an impact she made) scratching what could have been Cyrillic letters on the blackboard.  Through a dense cloud […]

Tis the Season to Chill the F Out

When did it happen? When did Christmas change from a season of joy and happiness to a time of fear and loathing?  Every day, I watch news reports of shopping mall shootings, department store riots over a new Air-Jordan release, and don’t get me started on the Black Friday stampedes that make running with the […]

Guerrilla Marketing

Guerrilla Marketing is the new anti-spam If you choose to release your book through a traditional publisher, or you are the author-publisher, you are the one who will bear the responsibility for marketing your work.  Traditional publishers may provide an initial push of the fledgling novel from the nest, but unless you learn to fly […]

What Writing Your Novel and Dog Training Have in Common

When I’m not writing, a good chunk of time is spent training our dogs, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis. They are (most of the time) good little pups, who compete in American Kennel Club sanctioned Obedience and Rally trials. Writing and dog training are more connected than I first thought and there are five principles that […]

Snakes On A Plane – Or In Your House

I had a paranormal experience this week. I channeled Samuel L.  Jackson from his infamous role in Snakes On A Plane.  There shouldn’t be snakes on a plane and there shouldn’t be snakes in my house.  First off, no this wasn’t a venomous rattlesnake, the variety that slither about in the foothills where we live. […]