Category Archives: Sharon Joss

Dog Days of Summer Return

Behold! Introducing Merlin the light-footed, or He of the Beguiling Eyes. Also known as Prince Snugglepup, and That’s Not For You. Once again, I have a dog at my side. A miniature version of my favorite breed, the Australian Shepherd. … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem: Take a Hike

Great day for a hike this weekend. Temps in the 70s, and birds are everywhere you look; the gorgeous greens of Oregon are at their lushest best in the springtime. I went out to Cooper Mountain Nature Park this morning … Continue reading

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Earworm Day

Sigh. Paul McCartney was right, all those years ago. I never believed it would actually happen, but there it is, and I just can’t get that music out of my head. To celebrate, here’s a story I wrote on my birthday … Continue reading

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Let ‘er Rip: The Archer’s Paradox and Writing

There’s a term in archery called Archer’s Paradox, which refers the effect produced by an arrow flexing as it leaves the bow. To my mind, it’s an expression that also aptly describes story as it is loosed from the author’s … Continue reading

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Writing Dialog: Idioms & Colloquialisms

One of the secrets of writing good dialog is to make every character sound unique.  As a writer, you want your dialog (both the internal and communication between your characters) to also sound natural. And it’s got to sparkle.  To … Continue reading

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2018: The List and the Lessons

At the end of every year, I like to look back at the books I’ve read and share some of my favorite reads, and while I’m at it, also offer up the top lessons I’ve learned as a writer in … Continue reading

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You Say Spaghetti Night, I say Western Noir

I confess, I am a huge fan of spaghetti westerns. As a trope, it’s one of my guilty pleasures, right up there with James Bond movies. This weekend, there was a Clint Eastwood movie marathon on TV, and the feast was … Continue reading

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