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I wrote that? Really? Revise like you mean it . . .

THE THING ABOUT revisions is they suck. They cause massive anxiety attacks that feel like coronary embolisms and major brain bleeds. But they’re necessary, and can sometimes surprise you. For instance, I thought I needed to add a buncha crap … Continue reading

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Used sex dummies & dog that finds dead people . . . life doesn’t get much better than this

WHEN LAST WE left Cauley MacKinnon, our wayward obituary writer, she’d been the happy recipient of a phone call from a handsome detective with a hot tip about three severed heads . . . and she’s still caught up in … Continue reading

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The Boy Who Lived: Lessons learned from JK Rowling

Rejected 12 times, and goes on to make more than the gross national product of Bolivia. Well, that’s one lesson JK Rowling taught me. And her rejections seemed lukewarm if not benign: “It’s far too long for children,” (Harry Potter … Continue reading

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The Much Reviled Revisions: How and why they’re necessary for a much better story

OKAY. I ADMIT it. Revisions are killing me. And there’s a lot of other crap going on in my life that’s making me want to pull my hair out (check that–there’s a lot of stuff going on in my life … Continue reading

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Brains, Bling & Booze: Chasing a hot Scot at RWA National

SO, IT WAS writer buddy Irene Preston’s call to arms that I went down to attend at least part of this year’s Romance Writer’s of America Conference in Alamo City, as opposed to Hawaii, Florida and even New York City, where you’d … Continue reading

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Rednecks: You can dress ‘em up, take ‘em out but in the end, they’re still rednecks

MY DADDY USED  to say that you should never try to teach a pig to sing—it wastes your time and annoys the pig. The same can be said about attempting to tame a redneck—it’s possible, but it’s going to take … Continue reading

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Forget Butt Dialing–Beware of Drunk Buying: And a salute to Jenny Lawson

BECAUSE I’M SUPPOSED to be writing, I of course, wondered what people buy online when they’re drunk. And I have to tell you, what I found is AWESOME. Of course, I’d buy this stuff stone cold sober, as does one … Continue reading

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