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Going on hiatus…

I’ve been finding that there are too many competing priorities for my time these days, and this blog is suffering because of that. If I could write faster – both my fiction and blog posts – this wouldn’t be so much an issue. I started this blog ages ago thinking of it as a diary.…

an inspirational keynote, reading & writing…

“…remember the nature of what it is you signed on for. You’ve come here to make a difference…” LeVar Burton at the 2012 O’Reilly Tools of Change conference.  Kent A. at the Scholarly Kitchen posted a link to LeVar’s keynote address. It’s 15+ minutes long, but worth every word. That’s a great way to start…

history comes alive

Spotted this article via Research Buzz: Confederate letters: we had apirty lively Christmas. Two researchers hope to set up a database with letters they are transcribing. What a great resource this will be – primary source material from the soldiers on the front lines or from their loved ones. I’ve also been following wonderful, insightful…

it got quiet around here…

I’ve been sidetracked the last few weeks as I finished up the final edits on my novel and began thinking about web domains, the holidays, trips, weddings, copyediting, and work. My brain–and life-is going in a hundred different directions. All of them good, mind you. But I feel much less organized than in the ‘old’…

on the revision process…

Just thinking…stewing…not touching chapter 1 yet… This whole revision process is scary in a way. Can I make those earliest chapters real page-turners like chapter 25, the climax that I took for critique at writers group a couple of weeks back? (The words ‘this scene will really knock people over’ sound so sweet. Talk about…

chapter 1 is calling my name…

…but I must resist! Just for a few more weeks. Let it stew, simmer. Wait until writers group hears the final 3 chapters. Their critiques might give me something else to consider before I trek down revision road. I’ve probably lost a bit of sleep thinking about the revisions yet to come. There will be…