Monthly Archives: October 2016

Z is for Zephyr

Z is for Zephyr. Zephyr is the west wind, a light wind, one that has traditionally been considered the most mild and favorable. Your writing career is beset with winds of change.

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Dice Tales Interlude: get your requests in!

The Dice Tales series has been going since the beginning of the year, and although we’re not at the end yet, we’re starting to get close. Before that happens, I figured I should open the floor and ask: what else … Continue reading

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The Rambling Writer’s Greek Travels, Part 2: Loutro, Crete

  This series started on Oct. 15 and will continue every other Saturday. I’m taking a trip back in time to my 4-month backpacking rambles around Greece in the early 1980s, which planted the seed for my recent novel The … Continue reading

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Alma’s Bookshelf: The Were Chronicles

The origins of this series lie in my quintessential problem: I don’t write short stories, at least not easily or often or even willingly. But when I got wind of an upcoming anthology about Were-kind, with the specific fiat that … Continue reading

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Dipping into the Grimoire: Elderberry Cordial

Elderberries still on the bush

The hero of my fantasy series Night Calls is Alfreda Sorensson, a young practitioner on her way to being a full blown wizard. It’s the season for her elderberry cordial, so I thought I’d share her recipe with you. Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays–Write It Down

I find myself in a strange situation. Recently, I wrote a novel. That’s not strange at all, at least not for me. However, my agent Lucienne read the synopsis and the first few chapters, and said that, while the writing stunning! brilliant! … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover of My Book: Verse One

To celebrate having an honest-to-God bimbo on the cover of a book—one who was specifically designed to be there, I’m rerunning the Bimbo series from 2011, which takes a humorous and sometimes terrifying look at the things that end up … Continue reading

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Stepping Forward

The summer before my senior year in college I worked as a waitress. I’d spent the three previous summers as an au pair, and had worked in my college library during the school year, but this was, in some ways, … Continue reading

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BVC Announces “My Life So Far, by Pard,” by Ursula K. Le Guin

My Life So Far, by Pard, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A thoughtful, truthful autobiography, translated from the Feline by Ursula K. Le Guin. Continue reading

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Writer Club Rules: Truth is No Excuse

That’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, that truth is no excuse for fiction. I’ve had students who want to fictionalize a real story and then have found themselves floundering because true things are often too unbelievable to work … Continue reading

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