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June 29, 2010


I've been having this shoe problem. I buy my usual size, but now they seem to pinch my toes. My mother would say that it's just my Appalachian origins surfacing—I can't wait to get my shoes off in the summertime. I know—TMI. I decide to go to the shoe store and have my feet measured for size. When I walk into the store, there is one clerk—a young man—and no other customers in sight. I tell him what I want and he measures my foot and announces that it is one size bigger than I...
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June 23, 2010

When advising aspiring writers, I always suggest that they find a way to get feedback on their work. There's only so far you can take your work all by yourself.
And better you deal with that adverb addiction or propensity for purple prose before your work goes to an editor or agent. They most likely won't offer critique—they'll just say no.
You may be tempted to send your manuscript to an author you admire and ask for feedback. But as I pointed out in a previous post, most authors simply can...
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June 16, 2010


In different parts of the country, there are differing definitions of "bad weather," depending on whether they actually have any. I mean, everybody likes to talk about the weather, right? Some of us just have more to talk about.Where I come from, it's not bad weather unless we can shovel it. Or unless trees are coming down around our ears. We take pride in our bad weather, the summer and winter storms that roll in off the Great Lakes. "Yep, I remember the blizzard of '78. It...
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Published on June 16, 2010 12:40 • 104 views

June 8, 2010

I am a fiend with a digital camera. I come from the desperation school of photography—take enough photos, and a few are sure to come out. In the old days of film cameras, each decision to shoot was an economic one—how much do I really want a picture of Aunt Milly in the flower garden? So-called snapshots were rare. If you didn't have time to actually frame and compose a photograph, you didn't take it, because who wanted to pay to develop a blurred image of a roadrunner's butt?
Now that I am fr...
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Published on June 08, 2010 18:58 • 69 views

June 1, 2010


I am shopping my way through northern New Mexico. I'm a great one for adapting to the local environment. As soon as I arrive in the southwest, my lust for all things silver and turquoise and cowboy resurfaces. I tell myself, Of course, I'd have lots of places to wear that squash blossom necklace or concha belt or chaps in Ohio.  It's all about attitude. Just like I know I could wear a sarong in Columbus, with the right accessories. And a heavy sweater. The woman in the store...
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Published on June 01, 2010 22:07 • 48 views

May 26, 2010

Q: I am always curious what first goes through an author's mind when they begin to write a book. A: Pure, unadulterated panic! Q: No, I'm serious! I'm just not sure how to go about it. I have character names, as well as the general plot. I'm just always confused as to how to 'start' a book. A: In two previous posts, I discussed why some writers may begin with great enthusiasm, but lose momentum along the way. They run out of story before they have enough pages to make a book.But...
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Published on May 26, 2010 19:42 • 135 views

May 18, 2010

I spent the weekend at the awesome New England SCBWI conference. Mostly fielding reactions like, "You drove ALL the way from OHIO? Don't they have conferences in Ohio?" (Typical East Coast attitude.)
It was rather rash. You see, eleven hours in the car didn't sound so bad three months ago, at registration time. It looked kind of misty and romantic, like a far-away, blurry photograph of yourself. I thought, "Road trip! I'll be driving through the Berkshires in May; how lovely!" And it IS lovely...
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Published on May 18, 2010 19:18 • 75 views

May 12, 2010


OK, some of you already know this because I just can't keep a secret, but the paperwork is finally done, and I can officially announce that I've just signed a three-book deal with Hyperion, my publisher, for two more Heir books and a fourth Seven Realms novel. WOO-HOO!!Now I know that the next thing somebody's going to ask is what and when and how and who, and the answer is, I don't know, exactly. I mean, I have an idea. And a contract. I DID write a proposal. Sort of.This is t...
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Published on May 12, 2010 09:06 • 231 views

May 4, 2010

The 2010 Ohioana Book Festival
Saturday, May 8th, 2010
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Ohioana and the State Library of Ohio
274 E. First Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43201
http://ohioanabookfestival.org/
 
Lakewood Main Library
Author Presentation, Book Sale and Signing
Magic on the Page: Writing and Publishing Fiction

May 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
15425 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Keith Phone: (216) 226-8275
http://www.lkwdpl.org/calendar/literary  [image error]
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Published on May 04, 2010 12:19 • 68 views

April 29, 2010


We spent last weekend in Asheville, NC. When we invited my son and his girlfriend to come along, Eric said he'd heard that Asheville was a hangout for  hippies. I said, great, I still have a few tie-dyed and fringed items stashed away somewhere. These days tie-dye is made in China and shipped around the world. Except, maybe in Asheville. Like Boulder, Colorado, Asheville is an anachronism, an eddy in time where children of the 60s and 70s might feel at home. Except they'd...
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Published on April 29, 2010 19:07 • 60 views