Business Musings: Surprises in the New World of Publishing

You’d think, after all these years, nothing about the changes in publishing could surprise me. And really, what happened this week didn’t surprise me as much as it surprised me because it happened to me. And it caused me to think of some things I hadn’t considered at all. As many of you know, I’ve been writing these posts about four weeks ahead. This one […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Little Miracles

As a homicide detective, Frank deals with violent death every day. And his reaction to those deaths kills him by inches. Until his most recent case forces him to take a long, hard look at his emotional state. The murder scene’s only survivor might hold the clues Frank needs to solve the case. It might even hold the key to Frank’s very salvation. “Little Miracles,” […]

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Business Musings: The First Bump in the Road (A Process Blog)

I have had to revamp my writing deadlines. If you’ll recall, I wrote a process blog a few weeks ago about setting my writing deadlines on a granular level. It felt really good to do so. The deadlines pushed me—hard. With those, and my Spanish class deadlines, and some other things I’m doing, I found myself making choices to do more work than I had […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Play Like a Girl

Inspired with permission by Janis Ian’s song, “Play like a Girl” weaves Ian’s lyrics into a story of empowerment. Haunted by her mother’s ghost, a musician needs to vanquish not only the ghost but her own history, as well. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Play like a Girl,” originally written for the bestselling anthology Stars, lingers in the mind forever. “Play Like a Girl,” by New York […]

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Recommended Reading List: February 2021

I seem to recall that I didn’t get a lot of leisure reading time last February, and this February was no different. I managed some things, but other projects called, sometimes leaving me too tired to stay up for my regularly scheduled reading time. I did read a somewhat interesting mystery novel. The writing was stellar—crisp and lovely and funny by turns—but emotionally, the novel […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crossing the River Styx

Edith never wanted to visit the caves. But Frank insisted. Now, Frank lay in a pool of blood in those caves, and Edith wants to know why. When Albert sees Edith emerge from the caves covered in blood, he has no idea what to think. He barely recognizes the wealthy newlywed who arrived just days before in the brand-new 1926 Chevrolet Phaeton he so admired. […]

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Half-Off All Online Writing Workshops!

Wow, we did not expect to be stuck in place kinda sorta a year into this pandemic. Well, I hoped we’d be out of it by now, but my knowledge of history told me that an uncontrolled pandemic takes about three years to work its way through the population. We’re not on that trajectory thanks to Science!!! Yay, science!!!! So we’re all waiting for our […]

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Business Musings: Because They Are Hard

Last night, I spent an hour trying to find a word. Not because I’m having cognitive issues or because I’m being exceptionally picky. I was doing my Spanish homework. The professor gave us a definition for a word in the story we had read, and wanted us to find the word to go with the definition. I understood the definition. I thought I understood every […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson writes about death like one who knows it well. But how she knows it proves a mystery to most who know her. Most, but not all. One knows her secret. One who loves her. One whose meeting she might come to regret for an eternity. “Death Stopped for Miss Dickinson,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this […]

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Business Musings: Deadlines (A Process Blog)

My calendars and I have gotten intimate this year in a way that we haven’t been since, oh, maybe 2015. I got sicker and sicker before we left Oregon, and somewhere around 2015, I had to jettison the idea of deadlines. For the most part, I couldn’t meet them without acknowledging that my chronic illness had slowed me to a crawl. I didn’t want to […]

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