Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Rambling Writer Visits Retro Las Vegas

Today I’m presenting workshops at the Chanticleer Authors Conference, so I’m sharing a “retro” trip to Las Vegas a few years ago.  A naturopath friend had urged Thor and me to visit the Red Rock canyons near Las Vegas for … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: “Secrets of Jin-shei”

Weave and spin, weave and spin… (When is China not China? or, What is this thing called fantasy, really?)   I spend half my life living in dreams, in alternate realities. That might sound bizarre to some, even verging on … Continue reading

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Displacement

Friendswood

I heard part of a piece about Wendell Berry on NPR  the other day. It focused on the importance of knowing the place where you’re from. In the piece, Laura Dunn, who recently made a film about Berry (The Seer), … Continue reading

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Starting a Starter

I like bread. I like to bake it, even though I’m not great at it. I used to be better before living in Montana and having kids. I just didn’t get it done there and so I’m waaaay out of … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Crafting a Scene

You learned it in ninth grade English, right?  Almost every short story starts with rising action, moves through complications, reaches a climax, and ends with falling action.  Novels work the same way. And so should your scenes. Many times, new … Continue reading

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On Becoming a Professional Amateur # 10: The Great Info-Dump in the Sky

“Pleased to meet you,” the bartender said, shaking Jon’s hand. “You must be Jon Chandler. I think you ought to know that Colonel Mustard hired a man to sabotage your friend’s brakes. He’s a bad one, that Colonel.” The writer of … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “Hair of the Dog” by Doranna Durgin

Hair of the Dog by Doranna Durgin

Hair of the Dog A Feral Darkness: Short Story by Doranna Durgin Brenna Lynn Fallon grooms dogs, owns a Cardigan Welsh Corgi with a little something extra, and has a lifetime acquaintance with the ancient power once known as the … Continue reading

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State of the Author Dealing With A Copyedit, in gifs

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Ow: Equestrian Edition

Actually not the horse kind. The human kind. This week, I asked fellow writers to ask questions about what they want or need to know about handling and living with horses. Writer and artist M.C.A. Hogarth responded with a great … Continue reading

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Dice Tales: Keep It Moving

(This is the sixteenth installment of Dice Tales, an ongoing series of posts about RPGs as storytelling.) *** We’ve been talking about some of the tools used in RPGs to help ensure that everybody’s interacting with roughly the same mental … Continue reading

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