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Wailing and Gnashing and Girdles and Teeth

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” ~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are There was wailing and gnashing of teeth today at … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey and Cooking Goose

In the previous episode, Kaye George, author of the Immy Duckworthy, PI mystery series, had just suggested members of Austin Mystery Writers publish an anthology of short stories. Her proposal sent me into paroxysms of insecurity and doubt: could I … Continue reading

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ROW80 11.16 & Racking Up Cats

Kaye George gave me a kick in the pants. Exactly what I needed. She sent me the link to Written? Kitten!, an app which provides positive reinforcement at 100-word intervals.* (Or 200, 500, or 1000, for writers who don’t like … Continue reading

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#ROW80 11.13, NaNo, & Viral Accord

NaNoWriMo / ROW80 update: I’ve been working on Molly but haven’t been averaging the 1667 words per day required to reach the target by the end of November. According to the NaNo stats page, at my current rate, I’ll reach … Continue reading

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Cow Swapping

Ever have one of those days when you have a zillion things to do, but you can’t get them done? Because you start one thing, but then you think you should be doing another thing, so you start that, but … Continue reading

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#ROW80 10/3 Goals

Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 Days begins today with a statement of goals. Here are mine: Write 1000 words a day (excluding blog posts and HotShots!) Keep a daily record of activities related to writing Don’t … Continue reading

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Purpose

We write to make suffering endurable, evil intelligible, justice desirable and love possible. ~ Roger Rosenblatt

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Day 29: W. F. Ward, Confectioner, 1958

Out on the porch it’s August, But it’s cool inside and dim, one bulb suspending from a cord. A slim brunette holding a bottle of Royal Crown Cola Smiles down from above the mirror. In the back, where it’s dark … Continue reading

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Day 17: Perpetual writing

I never quite know when I’m not writing. Sometimes my wife comes up to me at a party and says, “Damnit, Thurber, stop writing.” She usually catches me in the middle of a paragraph. Or my daughter will look up … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo, MRI, TBF, and WLT

I’ve spent the past week writing and rewriting a post about attending the Texas Book Festival. No matter how many times I revised it, it sounded dull and complaining. Actually, it sounded worse than complaining, but if I use the … Continue reading

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