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Golden Dirt

Sunday before last, my family had a two-and-a-half hour drive home from a small get-together. We were heading west at sunset, hardly an enviable position for the driver, but beautiful for passengers like myself who like to waste time gazing idly out the car windows. The sun was on our left at first, and a glance at the windshield showed…

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Ten Reasons Why Never is a Must-Read

This brilliantly well-organized and sincerely flattering review went up a few days ago, and I just had to share it here. I’m so grateful to those who take the time to read my books and let me and others honestly know what they think — feedback is priceless! A warm thank-you to the bookworm lass! Ten Reasons why “Never” is…

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Behind the Mask

I wrote this poem two years ago, but for some reason I’ve been feeling nudged to share it the past couple weeks. It’s very unusual, but I like it, and I hope you will, too. Behind the Mask the high school reunion’s perfect too perfect full of color and light and songs that make you want to dance and laughing…

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It Happens Every Year

At least, every year in my experience of life thus far. What is “it”? “It” is a month which happens to be called “August.” And that particular month-name happens to be the name of the most popular character from my Firmament series. The first August after Radialloy came out, I did several August-themed posts, including an interview and contest, special…

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Writing

The Moral of the Story Is…

There’s a lot of discussion and disagreement among writers about whether a story should have an intentional theme or message, or whether every story even needs to have one. Some say that a story can be more honest and well-crafted without a single, intentional theme, and others say that a unified message makes a story stronger and gives it meaning.…

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You Asked For It

When I recently asked for ideas of what to post on this blog, the response was unanimously in favor of Firmament posts, especially about the writing process or sneak peeks at the upcoming book. I’ve been pondering different ideas for things I could talk about, and I hope to get back on a consistent blogging schedule. Thinking about Firmament these…

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Get In Late, Get Out Early

I just finished writing a short story I started writing almost a year ago. It wasn’t exactly a steady, continuous process, though. It started when I was doing some medical research for another story, and one particular process got my wheels turning, and I started writing. I got about three paragraphs in and there was a problem. I realized that…

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