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How writing is like lambing

For just over a decade I raised sheep, and my favourite part of raising sheep was lambing. I loved seeing each new lamb born, finding out whether it was a ewe or a ram, and seeing the colour. I loved … Continue reading

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The Art of Patience

Many years ago I used to do a lot of work with natural dyes. The thing about most natural dyes is that you have to let the fibre steep in the liquid, sometimes for quite a long time, before you … Continue reading

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Gearing up

I’m into the final effort now on The Swan Harp. I had feedback from seven people, all of which will be incredibly useful. I’ve already started some of the work, and I’ll be at it in the car from now … Continue reading

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Juggling act

I’ve now officially passed three self-imposed deadlines for the current draft of The Swan Harp. In one way I”m not particularly happy about that, because I hate to feel like I’m behind in my work. In another, I realize that … Continue reading

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Lie down with dogs

Let’s talk about self publishing. As with the traditional route, there are pros and cons to self-publication. The pros are: You don’t have to deal with the traditional industry’s machinery and gatekeepers. You have complete control of the book’s content, … Continue reading

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Pitcher up

In his book On Writing Stephen King talks about mailing the manuscript of Carrie to Doubleday. He didn’t send a query. He did happen to have a friend at Doubleday, which is probably why he mailed it there instead of … Continue reading

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Why you aren’t getting published – part two

Original story, in which any resemblance to current or recent bestseller trends is coincidental – check Novel rewritten and polished – check Work vetted by a punctuation-grammar-and-diction dominatrix for technical errors – check Respectable list of short publications – check … Continue reading

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