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Trying to stay out of trouble

Monday morning I packed up the rewrite of “The Last Black Swan” and sent it off to the editor who has “The Swan Harp”. That’s packed electronically, in a nice little .doc file of 99,000 words, give or take a … Continue reading

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Planning the work

“Plan your work and work your plan” – has anyone besides me ever rolled their eyes at this business dictum? I do like a bit of planning, but perhaps it’s because I’ve spent most of my life in art that … Continue reading

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World-building, world-destroying

Destroying a world can be as complex as building one. While I’m still deep in the world of “The Swan Harp”, lately I’ve been reading for research for two more YA novels. My most recent research reading was (“Flu: A … Continue reading

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Guilty

I want to talk about guilt. Sometimes I mutter to myself, “I have left undone those things which I ought to have done.” It has, from time to time, seemed the defining quality of my life. I don’t feel guilty … Continue reading

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The weight of water

A couple of years ago I read a murder mystery, the solution of which depended on the fact that the guilty party had moved an aquarium from one room to another. The author didn’t specify the capacity of the aquarium. … Continue reading

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Non-fiction – obviously

I’ve spent a lot of my life in the freelance art business, most of it as a full-time artist, making my living from printmaking or pottery. Usually I haven’t had to take another job to keep the bills paid. Of … Continue reading

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Life is simple…

…eat, sleep, write. Well, not really, except for the quarterly writing binges held by To the Point, the Thessalon writers’ group. The rest of the time life does get in the way. I am a full-time at-home writer. That’s my … Continue reading

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