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Spice Up Your Fiction

While I do think of myself as primarily a writer of speculative fiction (a somewhat broad category which includes, but is not limited to, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror), I’ve been mixing things up a bit lately. After writing fantasy for four … Continue reading

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Ten Most Memorable Books

Here are the rules: list 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes and don’t think too hard–they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that … Continue reading

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Cold Shoulders

The big chill is on. For this past week, we’ve been in the throes of a deep freeze here in Oregon. Today is a bit too nippy even to walk  the dogs.  I lived in Rochester, New York for seven … Continue reading

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Yes, I know it looks different. I liked the look of the old theme template better, but frankly, it wasn’t flexible enough for my needs.  It only had one page and limited customization, and I wanted multiple pages, with a … Continue reading

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Fall Colors Pictorial

The newspaper says we’re not going to see peak fall colors in Portland for another week or ten days, but leaves are already drifting down and filling up the streets.  Here in Aloha, we’re a mite chillier than downtown Portland; … Continue reading

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Local Color: Colloquialisms

That’s right.  I collect ’em.  I don’t know how I got started, but they’re a great way to add voice and attitude to your characters or story.   I grew up in central California, a place ripe with quaint expressions.  Maybe … Continue reading

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Minions, Fetch Me My Copyright Pen!

  With publication comes paperwork, and today I’m talking about copyrights. As a writer, I automatically own the rights of my original creative work (WARNING: I am NOT a lawyer or legal expert in any way.  I’m just relating my … Continue reading

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