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posted on: Oct 19 2015

I PUBLISHED MY BOOK! NOW WHAT?

  originally published on October 19, 2015 in Women Writers, Women's Books Once upon a time my writing life centered on writing, getting a short story published, writing another story, and so on. It went this way for decades. People asked me from time to time why...

posted on: Oct 14 2015

LETTERS OF LOVE AND HATE

  originally published in the Fall 2015 issue of Crossborder, the literary journal of Leapfrog Press.   LETTERS OF LOVE AND HATE She envied the female diarists, scribbling at elegantly carved desks in great houses.  Feather pens, dripping ink, and the thin glow of candlelight. By day they oversaw...

Truth and Lies About Self-Publishing

  This article originally appeared on August 25, 2015 in Women Writers, Women's Books.  Some say self-publishing is the greatest invention since sliced bread. Others say it’s ruining the industry. A lot of people have weighed in on this hugely popular phenomenon. Now, it’s my turn. I’ll...

posted on: Aug 05 2015

FANCE

    This story first appeared in Clark College's 2003 Fiction and Poetry chapbook as their first place fiction winner, chosen by judge Gina Ochner   Fance thought she could get it done over in Odessa. A girl from the coffee shop went there for hers, and was back...

posted on: Aug 04 2015

Overcoming Writer’s Block

originally published August 3, 2015 in Prose We’ve all had it, that moment when nothing comes to mind. Our words stare back at us, asking to be fleshed out, continued, fulfilled, and we can do nothing to help them. Our protagonist has gotten herself stuck firmly...

posted on: Jul 11 2015

When It’s Time To Move On And Abandon Your Novel

WHEN IT’S TIME TO MOVE ON AND ABANDON YOUR NOVEL originally published July 9, 2015 in Prose  Leonardo Da Vinci said,“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” This is true for every short story I ever wrote, whether it was published, or not. The published pieces, upon subsequent...

posted on: Jul 03 2015

Tips on Getting Feedback

  Originally appeared in Women Writers, Women's Book, July 2nd, 2015 Writers hear it all the time – connect with your reader. Give the reader what he wants. Manager her expectations. Don’t confuse them. Surprise them. Keep them interested. These are all worthy goals, but they’re after the...

posted on: Jun 27 2015

Career or Calling? Thoughts on the Writing Life, by Anesa Miller

Today I'm pleased to host Anesa Miller as she shares her thoughtful essay, "Career or Calling? Thoughts on the Writing Life." Anesa's debut novel, Our Orbit is now available from BookTrope. Buy links appear at the bottom of this page. Nine-year-old Miriam Winslow never wore new...

posted on: Jun 10 2015

Keeping The Flame Lit

originally published in Women Writers, Women's Book June 4, 2015  Writing is hard work. We all know that, right? We take an idea, move it along, push it this way, that way, leave it alone, return to it, and sometimes scratch it altogether. Once we’ve got...