Addendum to previous post

September 6, 2014

Sometimes we come across comments or quotes that directly relate to an issue with which we are struggling. Case in point: my self-doubt about my work. In my previous post, I had written: “Part of the problem is that I am filled with self-doubt. It’s so hard to not be judgmental about my work. For […]

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Battling self-doubt as I work on new fiction

September 5, 2014

So, in light of a previous post where I complained about not having time to write, I started this month with a firm commitment to spend 30 minutes each morning writing fiction. My plan was to concentrate on short stories, primarily because, with so much else in my life in a state of “not-quite-finished/almost-finished/finished-except-for,” I […]

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Tour #1 for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER is now completed!

September 2, 2014

I’ve finished my pre-release book blog tour for TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER AND OTHER STORIES and want to give a heartfelt Thank you! to the bloggers who opened their door (metaphorically speaking) to me and my fiction collection! You were all so generous to give me space to share information about my book and I […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 27, 2014

“Fiction has been maligned for centuries as being ‘false,’ ‘untrue,’ yet good fiction provides more truth about the world, about life, and even about the reader, than can be found in non-fiction.” Clark Zlotchew

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 20, 2014

“I surround myself with things that belong to people, or photos of people, who I’ve really loved in my love. My reminder to think deeply and honestly, to feel deeply. That’s what I want to do with my fiction.” Amy Tan

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“Short Takes: Interviews with Short Story Writers” with Carrie Brown

August 15, 2014

When I first read Carrie Brown’s bio on her website, to say I was impressed would be putting it lightly. She’s the author of the short story collection The House on Belle Isle, whose short fiction has appeared in One Story, Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review and The Oxford American. And a novelist, with six […]

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Ten years later—what’s the same, and different, about being an author today

August 14, 2014

It’s been exactly ten years since my first book, THE GIFTS OF CHANGE, was published. Back then, I didn’t know anything about the publishing world or how to best promote a book. Oh, I knew about writing—I’d been writing professionally since the mid-eighties—first as a freelancer for newspapers, then moving on to magazines and corporate […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 13, 2014

“Where is the story? The story is in the dark. That is why inspiration is thought of as coming in flashes. Going into a narrative…is a dark road. You can’t see your way ahead.” Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead, A Writer on Writing

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Getting ready for my foray into blog touring!

August 8, 2014

Well, I got a much later start than I planned pulling together my pre- and post-pub blog tours but so far I have several bloggers who have opened their virtual doors to me and my soon-to-be-released short fiction collection,  TRAVELING LEFT OF CENTER. Being new to all this, I looked at what some other authors […]

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On writing fiction—inspiration from fiction writers

August 6, 2014

“The tension between standing apart and being fully involved: that is what makes a writer.” Nadine Gordimer, Introduction, Selected Stories

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