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Trying to write in 2017 …

26 April 2017

I sent draft 9.8 of The Game of Hope to my editor – a partial deadline met, which is always a wonderful feeling. Right now I’m organizing my beta-reader and consultant feedback...

Phantasmagoria: the first horror picture show

9 April 2017

I have been doing quite a bit of research into Phantasmagorie for the Young Adult novel I’m writing about Josephine’s daughter Hortense. Phantasmagoria was...

4 simple formulas for figuring out a story

29 January 2017

This morning I happened upon a computer file of notes I kept while writing The Shadow Queen. I was particularly interested in a section on formulas for figuring out a novel’s...

Election day, the Woman’s March, and the morning after — a diary in Hope

23 January 2017

The day before the Woman’s March Election Day. The Man Who Shall Not Be Named was sworn in as President of the most powerful nation on Earth. Some were cheering. The majority...