Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life. --Lawrence Kasdan *** The Cure for Creative Blocks? Leave Your Desk. “It turns out that being exposed to cultures that function differently from our own – from language to social customs to … [Read more...]
Sin’s Daughter! She’s a sinner!
I’m always losing track of things (it gets worse when you reach a certain age, I’m told, and I think I’m there now), which is only horrible when I lose the keys or my passport, or an heirloom ring (that was found 7000 miles away in another country), or when I … [Read more...]
Things I did today…
...include writing. A lot. But I also received some books in the mail (which is more of a passive action on my part, as the books were delivered to my door—but I still had to take them out of the box and pet them, so that counts for something): I’ve … [Read more...]
New interview with Newsarama.
As David Pepose puts it, Newsarama “has a new regular feature, Writer’s Workshop, which will be teamed with its sister column Artists’ Alley—where we ask comics professionals to dig deep into how they operate.” I have the honor of being the first … [Read more...]
From the garden.
I don’t have a green thumb, by any stretch of the imagination, but I have been trying to grow things this year. Plenty of land, right? And, lo! I have peppers. I also have tomatoes (quite a few, actually, but I ate them all before I whipped out the … [Read more...]
Presenting My Assistants.
I thought you’d like to see the paws that are carrying me along as I finish this book. It’s a team effort. Honestly, they’re the brains behind the operation. Daisy. The Poodle. Head of Household. Boss. Fashion Icon. (Note: this is not … [Read more...]
What I’m doing today, tomorrow, until this book is done…
Write. Write a lot of words. Write them fast. Write, write, write. The thought I’m carrying with me? Something Elmore Leonard said: I try to leave out the parts that people skip. Amen. And see you guys later. … [Read more...]
Maybe the birds planted them. I could believe that.
Some of you may remember that it was a Long Hard Winter, filled with blizzards and ice, and cold toes shoved under toasty cat tummies. Heck, I was stranded for a month at the top of a hill, forced to march a quarter mile every day to the mailbox, bundled up and shuffling … [Read more...]
Songs and letters.
Cool interview with Vince Gill, who is one of my favorite musicians. One thing I’m always harping on is that the divide between artists is very small, perhaps non-existent. Doesn’t matter if you’re a songwriter, a dancer, a painter, a … [Read more...]
Time Capsules of the Imagination.
Lynn Viehl blogged the other day about finding a “lost story” on a floppy disk that she discovered in an old desk drawer. This happens to me all the time. I have plenty of lost stories buried deep, deep, and deeper on my hard drive—I find them, … [Read more...]
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