Does the Publishing Thing Get Easier?

For those who don’t know, that’s the Lyman Whitaker sculpture I bought with my first advance money last summer. Looks so awesome, particularly at sunrise. And every time I see it, I feel a dual thrill of pleasure – in the beauty of the piece and in my own accomplishment. At the time, I wrestled with whether to spend some…

Why Your Protagonist Should Never Be YOU – and Other Advice

¬†The cholla have started to bloom and their intense pink is startling against the sere desert landscape. This plant was backlit by the setting sun and I wanted to capture the way it glowed in the light. I got about halfway there, I think. So, I have a story to tell you all today with two take-home messages. Recently at…

Why Writers Shouldn’t Pay Attention to Pet Peeves and Cranky Lists

The last week was so warm, everything is leafing out and the lilacs are budding. Today we’re wrestling with a storm that slid down from Alaska (gee, thanks, Alaska) and we’re to get a hard freeze tonight. Yeah, I’ll be out there this afternoon, making free with the blankets. I feel like lately I’ve been seeing lots of pet peeves…

On Reanimating Old Outtakes – a Cautionary Tale

Now that the weather is turning cool, I’m getting more frequent cuddly desk companions again. I’m sure it’s me they love, not my warm lamp. I used to have this writing teacher who did not believe in revising via word processor. Yes – she was old school. But she was firmly convinced that the advent of word-processing software had created…

Top Two Writing Resources

I’m over at Word Whores today, talking about my top two favorite writing books of all time.