Category Archives: critique

Taos Toolbox – A Writer’s Sojourn

A pilgrimage is a journey or search of moral or spiritual significance. Typically, it is a journey to a shrine or other location of importance, although sometimes it can be a metaphorical journey into someone’s own beliefs. Along with 16 … Continue reading

Posted in 2015, critique, Nancy Kress, novel, Sharon Joss, Taos Toolbox, Walter Jon Williams, writers workshop, writing life | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Horrific

The World Horror Convention  is in Portland this weekend.  Time to get your fangs sharpened and your ghouls groomed.  It’s the first time I’ve ever attended a World Horror Con, and since this is on my home turf, I couldn’t … Continue reading

Posted in 2014, critique, horror, Nancy Holder, Sharon Joss, Steve Perry, World Horror Con, writers workshop | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writers Weekend

Not only did I make it out to Orycon this weekend for the Writer’s Workshop with a couple of terrifically helpful authors David W. Goldman and Kristin Landon, but I also managed to scarf up a few of the latest … Continue reading

Posted in 2013, authors, critique, Dean Wesley Smith, Diana Pharaoh Francis, famous writers, J. A. Pitts, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, networking, Powell's Books, signing, writers workshop, writing business | Leave a comment

Memorable Characters OR, How Feedback On Chapter One Got Me A Better Ending

The first three chapters of GLAMOUR have been critiqued by no less than 15 readers.   The feedback I got regarding one of the characters in Chapter One had been both positive and consistent; everybody loved ‘Justin’, and couldn’t wait to … Continue reading

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2012 MISCON Writers Track

 I’m back from dark and damp Missoula, Montana, home of  MISCON.  This was my first time to Montana, and only my second Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention.  Unlike the World Con I attended in Reno last year which hosted … Continue reading

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Next Steps

With GLAMOUR version 02.5 now in the hands of my early readers, I’ve set the manuscript aside for the next month, and I’m looking forward to a little downtime.  I’ve got some catching up to do.  I’ve been so busy … Continue reading

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Not So Dead Lines

The deadline for the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest is looming.  The deadline is February 17, for those of you who are interested.  If you’re a member, it’s only $35 per entry, and you get TWO professional critiques on … Continue reading

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