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Archive for July 2007

Thinking, Writing and Walking to the Mailbox

I’m reading Eric Maisel’s book, THE ART OF THE BOOK PROPOSAL, which focuses on writing non-fiction. The first chapter is about “thinking” about what you plan to write. One section is called “Thinking as Strain and Terror.” I so get it! When I write a novel, fully a third of my time–if not more–is spent thinking. It’s…

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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do. . .

. . . with your one wild and precious life?” That’s one of my favorite lines of poetry. It’s from Mary Oliver’s poem “The Summer Day.” Lines from poetry, lyrics from songs, and thoughtful quotations all get my creative juices flowing, and as I think about the sequel to BEFORE THE STORM, I’m focusing on…

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Cataract Surgery: Phase One

Well, I’ve put this off as long as I could. For a number of years before the new drugs were discovered, I had to take prednisone for RA. Prednisone is one of those mixed blessing drugs. It works miracles, but with a price. My price is cataracts. Over the past year, they’ve gotten much worse,…

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Website Update

Yeah, it’s about time! I’ve updated a few things on the website, including adding a more prominent link from the blog to the site (look to the right–> ) I know some of you will be happy to learn that I’m making more of my older titles available to purchase from my private stash (Check the blue box…

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The Dear Deer

                    This morning, I went out to get the paper and saw the deer I call Andy (not the fawn above) in the ravine next to my house, so I got my camera. I’ve been wanting to take a picture of this guy who has destroyed every…

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Where to Begin! (and a Brownie Recipe)

I have so many tasks on my plate now that I’ve turned in my book that I barely know where to start. First, I would truly like to muck out my office. What a mess. I’m sure I have bills and other important papers under the piles that litter every surface. This really must be done,…

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What I Learned (about myself) on My Vacation

I don’t think anyone can take a trip–of any length, to any locale–and come home unchanged in some way. My week at the beach was no exception, and I thought I’d share some of the things I learned. –I packed a huge carry-all full of books, fresh notepads, and stacks of Publishers Weekly magazines, fully…

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WIP: Complete! Now for the Vacation

                          BEFORE THE STORM is done! I tightened the last scene on Sunday and emailed it (105,000 words, 406 manuscript pages) to my editor and agent. Now I wait for their thoughts on revisions. Meanwhile, it’s vacation time! Woo hoo! Actual relaxation. We’re having such a…

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