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Dear Opossums, I owe you an apology

Even though opossums are fierce on the surface (I have to confess it’s a little off-putting when you’re in close quarters with a hissing ‘possum who seems to unhinge its entire face when it opens its mouth), they get an unnecessarily bad reputation. Continue reading

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The power and importance of constructive criticism

When I finished writing my second novel in seventh grade, I was appalled at the idea of an editor suggesting changes to my masterpiece. “I’m never going to let an editor change my work,” I vowed back then. Erm … … Continue reading

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New year, same old story

2018 is already more than a week old. Meanwhile, I’m blinking and flabbergasted, wondering, “Where is the time going?” A year ago, I set a goal to finish writing “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” within the 365-day time frame of … Continue reading

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Let’s start at the beginning: A writing update

Books start at the beginning. They have a first chapter, a first page, a first word. It’s the logical place to start. That’s also the hardest place for me to begin writing a book. I usually know what happens in … Continue reading

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How readers can react to ‘Handbook’ ruckus

On Thursday, YA organizations and social media were buzzing about the New York Times best-seller list. The short version of what happened: A new teen novel, “Handbook for Mortals,” came out of the blue to bump “The Hate U Give” … Continue reading

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Welcome to the new writing digs

My blog has been mostly cricket chirps lately … it’s been silent. There are two good reasons for that, though. Reason 1: Tapping out more chapters of “The Mountain of Dempsey Molehill” during Camp NaNoWriMo . Reason 2: I’ve been setting … Continue reading

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Introducing my plot bunny

How many times do you set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to complete a task? I do it frequently, although not as often as I should. Because there should be an alarm going off every morning saying, … Continue reading

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