Muse…ing

Just a quick reminder:  There are still a few days left to vote for your favorite flash fiction piece at Devin O’Branagan’s forum.  The prompt was No one believed the curse was real.  No, I’m not going to tell you which one is mine.  Read.  Enjoy.  Vote. Things got busy the end of last week which is my explanation for lack of posts and lack of writing.  Thursday, a friend and I headed up to Farmington, MN for …

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Where the Muse Resides. . .or Not

I always find it interesting how ideas and thoughts seem to circulate at the same time.  I was pondering my work space and thinking about where and how other authors pursue their craft.  Apparently, a lot of folks are on the same wave length because there seems to have been a sudden burst of blog posts, tweets and FaceBook status’ regarding this topic. Lately, I do a lot of my writing at work.  I try …

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Flash Fiction Contest

Okay, folks, vote for your favorite flash fiction piece here:  http://forum.devinwrites.com/post/October-Flash-Fiction-Contest-5517125 One of them is mine but obviously I can’t say which one until it’s over. Enjoy!

I Did It!

What exactly is it that I did?  I finished, yes, finished, a Flash Fiction piece.  A completed story in under 1000 words.  For some folks that’s daily fare.  For me, that is an unbelieveable accomplishment.  Because, although I can string together over 70,000 words to tell a tale, it’s always been a huge struggle for me to write shorts.  The mere thought of trying to develop a story in under 5000 words, let alone 1000, …

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Review Six From Greeley

Six From Greeley by Josh Langston is a collection of six short stories that take the reader on a delightful romp through the lives of some of the most memorable characters the town of Greeley, TX has to offer.  Starting in the mid 1800’s in Etta’s Gold and wrapping up somewhere around 1975 in Greeley’s Finest, each of the Greeley tales comes to life with lively characters, distinctive wit, and unseen twists.   Not to mention …

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Cover it Up

Once upon a time I entertained the idea of becoming a book cover artist.  I’m a pretty fair artist (and I don’t just say so myself) but for one reason or another that career never transpired.  That background, however, might explain why I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to book cover art.  I love it.  When it’s good.  When it’s bad I can’t even see the title or the author or the …

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Quick Update

This week is quickly getting away from me!  Amazing how that happens.  I haven’t gotten my query sewn up yet, I do have my list of agents all set to go, and I didn’t do much writing besides several hundred words towards a flash fiction piece. Yes.  Me.  Writing something under 1000 words.  Satan may have very well just seen a snowball whip past his head. We’re supposed to be out of town this weekend …

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Taking Steps. . .

I’ve finally finished polishing Between Darkness and Light as much as I can polish.  Or rather, I think I need to stop before I over-polish.  It’s a pretty good piece as far as I’m concerned.  But what I think hardly matters.  So I farmed BD&L out to a few willing strangers and some highly critical friends who are also very honest and not afraid to tell me if I’ve got my head up my arse.  …

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Rockin' Robin

I love gadgets and technology.  But I’m also reluctant to jump on the latest bandwagon.  I like to forge my own path and stubbornly hold out against the latest trends due to that non-conforming streak I seem to possess.  Take cell phones, for example.  I held out a long time.  I didn’t ever want to be that connected, that reachable.  But the fact I traveled solo quite frequently made a cell phone practical for “emergency …

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Revamping & Platform Building

As you’ll notice, I’ve changed the look of this blog. You’ll also perhaps notice I’ve slightly altered the name. You see, I need to start building a platform. “A platform?” you ask, “Can’t you build one of those in the backyard?  You’ve professed that it’s possible to build a house out of baling twine, popsicle sticks and duct tape.  Why not a platform?” Well, perhaps if I was talking about a physical platform I’d run …

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