Monthly Archives: February 2012

Giving your manuscript room to breathe . . .

IN THE PAST, whenever I was anywhere in the near vicinity of a houseplant, it would lose its will to live.   It was the saddest thing, the way it would just turn yellow, lose its leaves and limp back into the … Continue reading

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Fast Draft: A Screenwriter's Guide to Book in a Month

  WHEN I WROTE my first book, I did it like most other budding authors–I took classes, sat my butt down at the kitchen table and wrote by the seat of my pants. It took me almost a year of … Continue reading

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Plastic surgery for a spider bite? Seriously?

LATE THURSDAY, Chap noticed that I had a red streak running from the spot where the spider bit me up to my   underarm. Upon further inspection, he noticed that it had also traveled up the back of my neck. … Continue reading

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Yippee! More ways to waste time on the internet-and you can call it researching your new novel!

SO YOU ALREADY know that I’m crazy about Pinterest, and I use  it, primarily, to introduce folks to my character, Cauley MacKinnon andAustinthrough her eyes (if you want to see how I did it, just click on the active links) . . … Continue reading

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No country for old men. Or city girls. Or pissed off pussy cats

ALL OF CHAP’S brothers and sisters (there are 12 of them) are taking turns at the family homestead to look after his 88-year-old dad after he had his gall bladder out. Watching them when they’re together is like watching a … Continue reading

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MY TA TAs HAVEN'T had this much attention since high school . . .

MY TA TAs HAVEN’T had this much attention since high school.   That rotten spider bite has had me in the emergency room three times in the last three days, and I’m ready for a nice, quiet day at home. … Continue reading

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Now that really bites: at least it wasn't a Brown Recluse . . .

WE SPENT A couple of days looking after Chap’s 88-year-old dad as he’s recovering from surgery–doing the whole making soup, feeding the cattle, helping urinary catheter-empty trick–you know. The usual. And everything was okey-dokey, until I started doing laundry and … Continue reading

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