Today I’m taking a break from the regular weekly blog postnot because everyone is exhausted (which is true enough) but because we had a four-hour blackout in my neighborhood this afternoon! So now I’m too busy to create anything new, and time has run out.

Congratulations to former VP Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris on a historic win. It feels like we can breathe again for the first time in four long years.

Hmm, four-hour blackout, four years…coincidence? Who knows?

See you next week.

 

Miles of Files: Where Did It Come From?

I wrote my third novel between about 2007 and 2015. I can’t say it took a full eight years to write – I got stuck in the final third for a couple years – but it was an ambitious project. I’d gone from a third person novel to a first person novel, and now I was going...
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Author Newsletters

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Spirituality in the Fictional World

Almost a year ago, I wrote a post called Talking About A Metaphysical Work where I tried to discuss spirituality in fiction. At least, that's what I thought I was doing. See, I had just published my fourth novel, Whizzers, and I knew I needed to promote it. I had a...
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Book Launch Time: The Biggest Day In A Writer’s Life

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And Now, Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

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Create A Process That Works For YOU

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Recovery 202? Long-Term Sobriety Is Possible

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Travel Feeds the Soul

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Can Creativity Be Taught?

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