5 Things New Writers Need to Do

Writers new to this publishing gig face a daunting cliff face of conflicting information, advice and options. And while it may seem overwhelming and needlessly complicated, it’s actually quite simple. 1) Write the best book you can. When you are sure you’ve put forth your best effort (it’s not, but belief runs hot at this point), then have it beta’d—make sure at least one beta does not read in that genre. Your mom or sister or office...

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The White Room: The Color of Bullying
May13

The White Room: The Color of Bullying

What is the color of cruelty? Is there a hue to spite? Has unkindness a flavor, an aura? Bullying is more than hits to the psyche, far more than pricks to fragile egos. It is abuse, at a systemic level that touches on the metaphysical. Bullying has a physicality that is difficult to explain, it’s a crushing weight, an affirmation of being unworthy. It informs the unfinished clay of maturation, easing in distortions and untruths and...

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Y is for YA: Sense and Sensuality
Apr29

Y is for YA: Sense and Sensuality

The Young Adult genre has recently achieved validation above and beyond the rather clumsy and gratuitous posturing of the lovesick Bella that invoked hordes of fans to choose sides and cast away all notions of credibility as angst and self-absorption reached staggering new heights. What, you aren’t a fan? Didn’t say that… Team Jacob. [Don’t judge me.] From wildly dystopian futures or alt histories, to coming-of-age, to the...

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N is for Naked truth #AtoZchallenge
Apr16

N is for Naked truth #AtoZchallenge

 What is straight? A line can be straight, or a street, but the human heart, oh, no, it’s curved like a road through mountains. —Tennessee Williams from A Streetcar Named Desire, 1947   Truth is a frippery, an excuse. Declare it once and done, it becomes the safe harbor and a platform upon which fantasy and desire inflict open wounds. Love is the Truth that disrupts, corrupts, interrupts. Jack White penned it, pinned it—a...

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C is for Commageddon #AtoZchallenge
Apr03

C is for Commageddon #AtoZchallenge

There was quite a kerfuffle a couple years back about Oxford dumping the serial comma. When I read that, it brought to mind visions of well-dressed fifty-somethings prissily deciding on the fate of the Western World, and how best to list its assets. An alternative image involved serial killers, but I digress. Yes, people, specifically Oxford grammarians, do pay attention to trends, people who care about punctuation and the evolution...

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