Category Archives: The Author Life

I’d Rather Laugh

Our resident hound asked, “ Have you ever really had FUN writing a scene (or scenes)?” My immediate reaction to this prompt was, “Of COURSE I have fun writing. That’s why I do it!” But then I thought back to … Continue reading

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Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

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Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

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Staying On Track

Somehow, my topic suggestions were chosen twice this month. This time, the question I posed was “How do you stay inspired to write a story set in a time and/or place that’s totally different from where you are?” I don’t … Continue reading

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The Writing Times They Are A-Changin’

This week, it was my turn to provide the blog’s writing prompt. My question was, “Has anything about your writing routine changed since you first began?” Although I submitted this topic a few months ago, it’s the perfect time for … Continue reading

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My name is Jeff

…and I’m a Procrastinator By Jeff Salter Topic: To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods? I found several great-looking links to articles … Continue reading

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Working Hard to … Oh, Look!

Our sage hound asked, “To what degree does procrastination affect your writing projects? Do you have any theories about WHY you procrastinate on certain projects… or at certain periods?” I’ll answer the second question first. I’ve always been busy, and … Continue reading

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Getting Unstuck

This week I asked my fellow bloggers to share ways that we deal with writer’s block. Since I’m used to dealing with several different issues at any given time, I’m often faced with the inability to write when I have … Continue reading

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It’s Me… Sort of

Our Friday Fox asked, “Do your characters tend to have skills that you have yourself? Do you write about people who do things that you wish that you could manage?” The answer to both questions is YES.  Almost all of … Continue reading

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Guest: Author D A Kelly

I got my hands on D A Kelly’s “Brooms Away”, a first in a series and was surprised in many ways. Although it opens with a tough-as-nails girl who has a soft heart, the book and character are not what … Continue reading

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