Business Musing: Writing in the 21st Century (Part Two)

The other day, I was reading a friend’s Facebook post about writing, when another writer popped up in the comments. Comment Writer, whom I have known for thirty years and whom I do not have a good opinion of, began their comment on self-publishing with “The only way to make money as a writer in today’s environment is…” Immediately, my fingers lifted off the keyboard. […]

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Business Musings: Holes in the Economy

I just saw an article this morning—which of course, I can’t find now—comparing the amount of news pouring at us right now to a DDoS (denial of service) attack. There’s so much news, every hour of every day, that we can’t keep track of it. I’m keeping up, as best I can, on the virus and vaccine news. I’m scanning the political news, because I […]

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Business Musings: Shock, Survival, and Forgiveness

In the summer between my sophomore and junior years of high school, I was in a serious car accident. A tow truck, racing another tow truck, went the wrong way on a one way street, blew a stop sign, and slammed into my boyfriend’s tin-can of a car. I can still tell you many, many details about that night. I had just turned sixteen. My […]

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Business Musings: Comfort Zones

For the past two years, I have lived outside my comfort zone. Some of that is because of our sudden move to Las Vegas. Not only am I in a new community, a new state, and a new region, I’m also living farther south than I ever have in my life. The sun behaves differently down here. Winter behaves differently down here. Yes, the amount […]

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Business Musings: The Upside to Crap

Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably have an inkling that I really love theater. I do write fiction about it, not as much as I would like, however, in my series about magical dramaturgs. (If you’re interested, the first is “The Scottish Play.”) Since I’ve moved to Las Vegas, I’ve gone to more professional theater than I have time for. I bought […]

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Business Musings: Optimism And The Writer

Recently, a writer friend of mine died—and I was struck by something his family said about his final months. He expected to beat the disease that he was fighting. All of his actions in those last few months were predicated—at least in public—on his recovery from a disease that ultimately no one recovers from. I’m not entirely surprised. He was one of the biggest optimists […]

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Business Musings: Nobody Cares

Nobody cares. Such a sad phrase, particularly when uttered by someone without friends or family. I recently read a marvelous short story that ended with that very concept, although not the phrase itself. I’m not going to talk about that use of the phrase. Anything I say would be facile, because I don’t know your situation. And the phrase can mean that no one is […]

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My Talk On Perfection At 20Books

Thanks to one of my readers, I now have a copy of my talk at 20Books to share with you. Enjoy!  

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Business Musings: Taming The Critical Voice

It’s too soon to declare victory. In fact, I’m not sure victory should ever be claimed. Not when it comes to the critical voice that lives in our heads. You know, the one that just shouted out loud (in my head) telling me that sentence two has a passive construction. Um, yeah, Doofus. On purpose. Anyway. As I mentioned in the post on critical voice, […]

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Business Musings: Critical Voice

For years, Dean and I have taught that the critical voice is the enemy of the creative voice. I actually use a diagram when I teach that illustrates the point. It comes from this observation: Human beings crave stories. We do most everything in storytelling form. Learning often comes in the form of storytelling. If were lucky enough as children to have literate parents, they […]

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