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Fun With Networking

I spent most of this past weekend at the wonderful California Crime Writers Conference, jointly created by the local Sisters in Crime chapter and the local Mystery Writers of America chapter. At left is a picture of me and Vinnie … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

Studies have shown that, instead of making us feel richer and blessed,¬†an over abundance of choices actually makes us less happy. We get paralyzed. What if we make the wrong choice? How do we decide between similar, but slightly different … Continue reading

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Bragging Rights

Every issue of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine includes a fun contest. They print a picture, and writers are challenged to come up with a 250 word maximum story inspired by or based on the picture. Winners get $25.00. The winning … Continue reading

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Honestly, Once Would Have Been Enough

I was delighted when so many of my online writer friends got last minute holiday gifts in the form of acceptances in late December. It was the opposite for me. I got not one, but two rejections–for the same piece!! … Continue reading

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A Clean Slate

I got my last rejection of the year a few days ago. It was kind of refreshing. Everything else I had submitted had either been rejected or accepted. Now I can start a fresh batch of submissions from scratch. Sort … Continue reading

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A Writer’s Thanksgiving

I’ve mentioned several of these before. But nearing Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how grateful I am for the following:       Technology Online submissions. Dangerous if you hit “send” too quickly, but mostly a huge advantage over the old … Continue reading

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Sine Qua Non

There was a time when, like many folks starting out in life, I was struggling. Working multiple jobs, trying to get more education, fighting to keep the first home I had bought on my own. I was determined to hang … Continue reading

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Damn, I Did It Again

I’ve come up with what I believe is a new phrase for writer’s like me: “sender’s remorse.” This is the condition I enter just after I have hit “send” and realize I should have added to, changed, or edited my … Continue reading

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Befuddlement

I’m in the process of bringing out a new edition of my poetry book, Fault Lines. The original edition was brought out by a micro press that is now defunct. That version was not available on Amazon (print or e-book) … Continue reading

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Morning

If I’m going to get any writing done, it has to be in the morning. First thing. Sort of. I say sort of, because, first I have to feed the cat. Then, for health reasons, I can’t skip breakfast. Oh, … Continue reading

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