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The Cleaning Fairy

The Cleaning Fairy

The Rise of the Gnomes, Part One: The Cleaning Fairy Father walked into the house. He tripped over a toy truck that lay just in front of the doorway, nearly losing his balance. His walk was further impeded by an array of blocks, stuffed animals, and marbles that covered nearly every inch of floor. Hanging […]

Alphabet Blogging: J is for…

Jigsaw puzzle.In other words…story plot. (Stretching a bit there, maybe? I couldn’t come up with anything else for J.) But, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, sometimes story plots really do feel like jigsaw puzzles. Those really, really big, 1,500 piece ones. And to make matters worse, it’s of an abstract painting. And your […]

Alphabet Blogging: G is for…

Growing. There are so many jobs that fall on an author’s shoulders nowadays. Not only do we have to be continually honing the craft of writing, but we have to be marketers and savvy business managers. We have to have at least rudimentary grasp of the publishing world, how to tell if contracts are any […]

Alphabet Blogging: F is for…

Fanfiction. I admit I had no idea what fanfiction even was until I was in my early 20s and discovered Doctor Who. Since then, I’ve hovered on the fringes of fanfic, occasionally looking at it, but never reading it much or even considering writing it. I did once get an idea for a Doctor Who […]

Alphabet blogging: C is for…

Alphabet blogging: C is for…

Cookie! No, wait, that’s not it. Chocolate! No! Stop it. You do not need a snack. That’s the exact conversation I had with myself as I sat down to start this blog post. I couldn’t believe it. My brain had suddenly gone blank, and I couldn’t think of a single word that started with C […]

Alphabet blogging: B is for…

Book high. This happened to me last week. I recently found the final book in the Quadrail series by Timothy Zahn, and since it’s been so long since I read the first one (about two and a half years ago, I think) I’ve been re-reading the series. It was a good thing I did, because […]

Alphabet blogging: A is for…

Alphabet blogging: A is for…

Action. Which, believe it or not, my novels have been sadly lacking in lately. Usually, I have actions scenes coming out of my ears. I love fight scenes, so there are plenty of those, plus my characters running to rescue someone or running away from someone, etc, etc. My typical problem is trying to get […]