Monthly Archives: August 2015

Free range chicken wrangling & writing: Kind of the same thing. And a smart dog always helps…

SO IT TURNS out, free range chickens are kind of like getting a *free* cat–they’re not free at all, and they wind up costing a butt-load. Thirteen chickens showed up a little less than a week after I moved to … Continue reading

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Crazy Texas–Weird Austin: Use Setting as Character

This wasn’t the earth-shattering incident it might seem elsewhere in the world. Here, you don’t ask if you have any crazy people in the family. You ask which side they’re on. In Texas, we believe our own myths, and the … Continue reading

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Editing Check List (And how editing another writer’s work helps your own)

EDITING IS REVISING someone else’s work, and it’s easier (and harder) than revising your own work. Easier because you didn’t have to spend hours, days and months making it all up, and harder, because you don’t always know what the … Continue reading

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How the Sad Puppies (*Tea Party* type writer radicals) rocked a segment of writer-dom & how to stop them

LOSING HURTS–IT’S like every rejection letter you ever received balled into one. But losing (and rejection) is part of the Writing Process. The way to get over it? Write Better. Period–don’t go all Tea Party and try to game the … Continue reading

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The Devil in the Details: Revision Stage 3 & the Perils of Spell Check

GETTING DOWN TO the wire on revisions and a reminder of Inherit Danger of Spell Check. I  wrote an article that was up for an award about two female producer/directors in Austin, and my editor ran it through a last … Continue reading

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Kill Your Darlings: Revise like a serial killer

I HAVE BEEN told by a reliable source that I have the handwriting of a serial killer. If you looked at my writing process, you’d hide your children and small animals. My revisions are a bit different . . . … Continue reading

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Revision Checklist: With or without the hatchet . . .

I’M DOING SOME major writing overhaul, and I thought I’d let you in on how the down-n-dirty tricks to Revisions. *Revising is when you rip up your own work–editing is when you rip up someone else’s–right now I’m doing both. … Continue reading

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