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A Submission Process

Image of poetry and fairy tale and other books in my bookshelf

In this new post, I will provide tips and resources so that my workshop students and other writers can submit their best work to potential markets.

Learning to Horror

Trees, sky, light on water in Daphne, Alabama

After years of focusing on literary poetry and fiction, including completing my undergraduate education in creative writing and taking writing workshops, I’m finally embracing my original genre aspirations.

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2019

Writing Progress Sticker Calendar by NaNoWriMo for November 2019

I really, really, really want to reach 50,000 words in November and I want to do it in 2019 before the new decade starts and we’re in the far future.

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launch on August 12 2005

Move It to the Top

I have learned a valuable lesson about writing this year as a result of teaching writing workshops. This led to a breakthrough in writing poetry that has transformed my poems in the past few months. Here is what I have learned.

Sonora Desert hills with cactuses Tucson Arizona

Fall 2019 Writing and Teaching

Sonora Desert hills with cactuses Tucson Arizona

I’m preparing lesson plans and writing new exercises for two fall workshops at the Writers Studio.

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The Limits of Success

I was not prepared for how much worse imposter syndrome would get once I started writing regularly, getting published, participating in public readings, teaching…

Sonora Desert hills with cactuses Tucson Arizona

New Writing Instructor at the Writers Studio Tucson

Sonora Desert scene with cactuses on hills

I’m now a writing instructor at the Writers Studio in Tucson, Arizona and I’ll be teaching an 8-week introductory workshop in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction beginning Saturday, April 20th!

Alice Hatcher Craft Class

📚 I participated in a fantastic craft class today with Alice Hatcher, author of The Wonder That Was Ours. She was interviewed by Reneé Bibby, Director of the Writers Studio Tucson, and local students in the Master and Advanced workshops.

Book cover of Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder, with a cat on the cover hanging from a frayed rope

Review: Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

Book cover of Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting That You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder, with a cat on the cover hanging from a frayed rope

The tone and humor might be a little dated, even insensitive and problematic at points, but there’s no question that Save the Cat by Blake Snyder is a book packed with useful, easily digestible, but comprehensive information.

Weekly calendar on two pages in NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal written in pencil

Preparing for NaNoWriMo 2018

Weekly calendar on two pages in NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal written in pencil

I’ve written an entire novel before, a few of them in fact, but I’ve never completed 50,000 words during National Novel Writing Month in November.

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Sunday Task

How to group poems into manuscripts that will go out to several potential markets?

I have no idea.

Making the Poet

Oregon last at sunset with pink and yellow and dark sky over beach at dusk

I don’t believe in natural talent. I use “believe” on purpose because I might be wrong; nevertheless, there’s more to talent than whatever innate capabilities a person might be born with that makes them prodigy and genius.

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Counseling the Writer

Counseling, when you find the right counselor and when you engage with them honestly and with a willingness to do what they suggest, can work wonders and reshape your entire life.

A cozy corner of Story Land

A Writing Process

A cozy corner of Story Land

My writing process is just one example of a writing process that will hopefully inspire you to build your own.

The Writers Studio Craft Class Spring 2017 reading list

The Writers Studio Experience

The Writers Studio Craft Class Spring 2017 reading list

It occurs to me that I haven’t written much about The Writers Studio workshops I’ve been attending regularly for the past year. It has been such a positive experience that I think I have been trying to keep it all to myself. No more.

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Art Is Sacrifice and Other Bullshit

The problem with some men (Many? Just me?) in their twenties is that they won’t shut up and listen. Instead they pronounce. Loudly. I pronounced on a writing forum that the only writers who are successful and published are those who sacrifice themselves entirely and painfully to their art. I called out people I believed would probably never be published to defend my pronouncement. I called out housewives and retirees specifically.

The Years of Fantasy and Horror

The Year's Best Fantasy, First and Second Annual Collections

I remember fondly buying a few editions of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling in the 1990s. I was in my twenties and while many of the stories and their level of craft were opaque to me at the time, I felt I had stumbled onto a magical tradition.

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Reading and Writing Following Twitch

So should writers give up writing, especially if reading is on the decline as other forms entertainment become much more popular?

Geography Club movie actors

Book-Making and Other Analog Treasures

Geography Club movie actors

This is the time to enjoy the way things used to be or are currently, before everything changes due to technology. A day of physical book making followed by watching VOD.

Bridegroom documentary movie poster with Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone with rainbow stripes

It Hurts

Bridegroom documentary movie poster with Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone with rainbow stripes

A long time ago when I lived in Rochester, New York, I stupidly wrote a letter to a coworker and mailed it to his home. It was not really a love letter, but it might as well have been.

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Calm Waters

My sad public admission this week: I’m not very well read.

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A Writing Journal

What was previously my blog – full of news, likes and commentary – should now, I think, become a writing journal, a document more closely related to the craft of writing.