Category Archives: The Author Life

KISS Your Bios

Months ago I offered this question:Do you enjoy reading about other writers, their bios and writing processes? Once again, my fellow bloggers here added a fresh element that I did not foresee, in as much as most addressed ‘biographies’ in … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “Do you dream often? Do you remember your dreams?” I honestly don’t know if I dream or not. When I wake up in the morning, I have absolutely no clue about what may have gone through … Continue reading

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These Feet Were Made for Walkin’

Our Friday Fox asked, “Have your footwear choices changed as your life, or lifestyle, has changed?” The short answer for me is: Not really. I’ve never been able to wear fashionable shoes. It’s always been a matter of function over … Continue reading

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Song Sung Blue

Our resident hound asked, “What color best describes you? Why that color?”   I’ve always been drawn to the color blue. The particular shade of blue that I choose as my favorite depends on the time of day, my mood, and … Continue reading

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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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