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In defense of NaNoWriMo

October 28, 2015

I know, I know, I know. Another damn blog post about National Novel Writing Month you ask? Enough already! It’s all been said. All been written. It’s like blogging a dead horse. Tough noogies. I LOVE NANOWRIMO! There. I’m out… Not that anyone didn’t already know that about me. Hell, three of my four published […]

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Sex and WIPS

March 26, 2013

Today, I have the honour of guest-posting on the blog of published author and all around great lady, Nicole Storey. You can find Nickie’s Grimsley Hollow series through her Amazon author page here: http://www.amazon.com/Nicole-Storey/e/B005J8CKPG     And now, on to Sex and WIPS! There is a particular art to writing an effective sex scene. Good […]

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All nano’s eve

October 30, 2012

October 31. Halloween. All Hallows Eve. The precursor to All Saints Day and All Souls Day. No matter what you call it, kids from two to ninety-two will be dressing up in the best costumes and trying to frighten the pants of you. But you know what? They don’t scare me. Because Halloween represents something […]

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Query me this

September 19, 2012

Writing a novel was easy in comparison to the query. That baby may be the death of me. When writing a novel you aren’t limited by word counts or pages. You can say what you need, be verbose and have ten line run-on sentences, write pages of exposition and introspection and detailed settings and just […]

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Hello Mudder. Hello Fadder. Here I am at. Camp NaNoWriMo

August 19, 2012

Anyone who’s taken part in Camp NaNoWriMo knows the plan. Write 50,000 words in one short month. A first draft of a fully formed novel in thirty days. Of course in August, we get an extra twenty four hours. So we got it easy. Don’t worry, I’ve not become an outdoorsy tent-loving fire-building survivalist. It’s […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – bare infinitives

May 22, 2012

It’s time to share a little grammar for the nudists among us. A full (or to-) infinitive is a verb that follows “to.” A bare infinitive is the base form of a verb. It is ‘to’ bare. As opposed to too bare. It is infinitely naked, so inherently sexy. You know, because it never ages, […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – dangling participles

April 15, 2012

While some participles might be sexy, and a few a little dirty, the dangling kind are just plain wrong! Please folks, keep those participles in your grammatical pants. We don’t need to see ‘em dangle. A participle is a verbal form that modifies a noun. In other words, it is a verb that acts like […]

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Adverbly yours

April 1, 2012

A habit, or maybe fall back, of many writers is the ease and frequency with which they use adverbs. Especially -ly adverbs. See? I did it again. After giving my novel out to the first round of beta readers (love you guys!), I went on a search and destroy mission. Seek out any word ending […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – subordinate clause

February 20, 2012

A subordinate clause is to a main clause as Leopold von Sacher-Masoch is to the Marquis de Sade. You can’t have the masochist without the sadist – although the sadist can stand alone. Or maybe that’s the cheese. Yes, the cheese stands alone. A subordinate clause has a subject and a verb, but cannot stand […]

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Dirty, sexy, grammar – apostrophe

February 5, 2012

What could be sexy about a little flick of the pencil? Well, two things. She sounds like the baby sister of the goddess of love, Aphrodite. I dub Apostrophe the goddess of punctuation. If that’s not enough to make her sexy, this little chick is badass. She is the tiny arc of controversy, sparking debate […]

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Word vomit

February 2, 2012

In a recent workshop, one of my fellow students asked the rest of us what our writing process is.  I hadn’t thought much about process at that point, and wasn’t sure what I do could be called a process.  Process sounds so formal and, I don’t know – organized.  My method is to vomit words […]

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