Monthly Archives: June 2015

Mostly True Confessions of an Accidental Call Girl & The Magical Cheeseburger Effect

I’VE BEEN STRUGGLING with the Work in Progress, but I think I’ve got it figured out. The idea gelled while talking with a writer buddy about what we wish younger girls knew about sex. And men. And the inherent power … Continue reading

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Flash Draft: Novel in a Week

I’M DOING A SELF-IMPOSED writing binge, holed up at a writer-buddy’s house, writing my head off while looking after her charming dogs, Charlie and Lily. Bodhi’s here, too, which is good for him (and me), because we’re still grieving Bodhi’s … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Writing *You will make it though. Maybe on today, but soon

I HAVE FOUND (and compared notes with other writers) that some of the most heart-felt (and difficult) writing surges from heartache. Losing one of your fur-family is hard, and it never gets easier. When they’re part of your life for … Continue reading

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All dogs go to heaven. I’m sure of it . . .

YESTERDAY WE TOOK Sam out to the ranch for the last time. If there is anything more heart-wrenching than watching a grown man have to bury his dog, I don’t know what it is. And I don’t want to know. … Continue reading

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Goodbye to an old friend–I’ll miss you, Sam

KNOWING SHE WAS old didn’t make it any easier. And  technically, she wasn’t even *my* dog, and that wasn’t any comfort either. And yes, you’re *aware* of these things in your head, even before entering into a relationship with a … Continue reading

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Save The Cat–Save Your Novel: Using Screenwriting Tips & Tricks to Fix (start) Your Manuscript

I CAME TO novel-writing as a journalist/screenwriter, so why (on my current book) I decided to throw storyboarding out with the kitty litter, I have no idea. Today, I print out the mess (and make my ritual Print Out Penance … Continue reading

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“You need me to come get you?” ~ Father’s Day

IT WAS FITTING that yesterday on Father’s Day,  just before dark, a brilliant rainbow jetted down over the river and lit up the dark sky– a poignant reminder that both of my dads are watching over me. Every once in … Continue reading

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