Category Archives: writing

A New Day for LEAVING THE BEACH

Readers, I have some exciting news to share: after being out of print for almost three years, my novel Leaving the Beach is available once more, thanks to the wonderful people at Evolved Publishing. Leaving the Beach took an unplanned vacation … Continue reading

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GUEST POST BY DANE COBAIN—VANITY SEARCHES: AN AUTHOR’S BEST FRIEND

Today, I’m pleased to welcome Dane Cobain back to my blog. Dane’s an independent UK poet, musician, and storyteller with a passion for language and learning. He also enjoys reviewing books and sharing tips to assist people in their writing … Continue reading

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Writing Without a Publisher and Biking the Rail Trail

Like lots of writers, I’m a runner too. I’m not sure why so many people who love banging out words are also drawn to the often mundane process of putting one foot in front of the other—over and over again—but … Continue reading

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Goodbye to Booktrope and Looking Ahead

It was quite shock when I learned last Friday night that my publisher, Booktrope, is shutting down. Some people are angry, some are scared, but me, well, mostly I’m just sad. My friend Jan—fellow Troper and blogger—said it best, I … Continue reading

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Throwback Writing with Scarlet Darkwood

Today marks the third installation in the Throwback Writing series. Throwback writing is stuff written in a younger, more innocent time. Just as we might look at a photo of an adult friend as a child and recognize certain features, so we … Continue reading

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Throwback Poetry with Jackie Cioffa

Recently, I found some old college poetry and began to wonder what the early work of other writers might be like. So I launched this Throwback Writing series. This week, I’m so happy to feature a wonderful writer and wonderful … Continue reading

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Throwback Writing: New Blog Series, Submissions Welcome

Last week, I went hunting through my attic for Davie Bowie memorabilia. I was writing an essay on Bowie–one of my favorite musicians of all time–and wanted to add some pictures. Well, I did find a few things, and you … Continue reading

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My Favorite Blogs of 2015—Part 1

Hello and happy 2016! I hope you’re looking forward to a year of peace, fun and good reading too. I haven’t been around this space as much as usual lately, as things have been a bit crazy. Life, right? But … Continue reading

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How Do You Know When You’ve “Made It” as a Writer?

Has it happened to you? Have you “made it” as a writer? I have! But before you read on, please note the quotation marks around the words made it. Because…well, you’ll understand soon if you don’t already. Here’s my story. … Continue reading

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Read a Good Book? Or One You Didn’t Like? Speak Out!

Well over a year ago, I found myself sitting in an independent bookstore on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m., behind a stack of books and a dish of peppermints. The owner had invited me to do a two-hour signing … Continue reading

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