Tag Archives: Writing

No cats were injured–The photographer is another story

WRITING’S BEEN DIFFICULT lately, but honestly, when isn’t it difficult? And the best way to deal with a difficult manuscript is to procrastinate. And one of my favorite ways to procrastinate is to find new and interesting ways to annoy … Continue reading

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Morgue File: Heading to a nude beach?

WHEN LAST WE  left Cauley MacKinnon, she was lunching with Detective Jim Cantu and tracking down leads on a trio of dis-embodied heads that had turned up in a Fed Ex shipment . . .   “So,” Cantu said, picking … Continue reading

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Revise like a cat *sniff* I wouldn’t touch this rubbish…

FOR ME, THE this second incarnation of a manuscript is always the hardest. It’s like, I just don’t know what to do with this mess yet. I’m still a blind woman in the dark feeling for an elephant—have I got ahold … Continue reading

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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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