Monthly Archives: August 2011

Back to School

The boys head back to the first day of school this Friday and there’s a lot to do in the meantime.  I’ll be back to posting and reading blogs on Saturday!

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Steady Income as a Freelancer

While I enjoy the flexibility and the variety of freelancing, the ups-and-downs make it rather difficult to predict revenues and expenses.  Simply put neither good work nor a lot of work necessarily mean steady income. So, what’s a writer to … Continue reading

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Review: Happy Ending 2.0

Happy Ending 2.0 is a short story written by James Patrick Kelly.  This story was  published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. This story strikes me as one that can best be appreciated by a male audience.  While … Continue reading

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Fleshing Out Your Sketch — Outlining: Stage 4

If you only plan to sketch out your outline before you jump into writing your story, you’re ready to go.  If you want to know more, it’s time to flesh out your sketch.  In order to do so, you need … Continue reading

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Flash and Churn

I don’t know about you, but I like mixing short projects with long projects, (and, yes, medium-length projects, too).  While I’m making progress on two novels, I’ve also taken a renewed interest in flash fiction and flash essays.  These short … Continue reading

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Review: Night Gauntlet

Night Gauntlet is a short story written as a collaborative effort by Walter C. DeBill, Jr., Richard Gavin, Robert M. Price, W.H. Pugmire, Jeffrey Thomas, and Don Webb.  This story was published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. … Continue reading

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Start with a Sketch — Outlining: Stage 3

First you brainstorm, and then you select your outline style.  The next step is to create an outline sketch.  Whichever outline style you choose, starting with a sketch provides you with a distinct advantage as you move forward. A sketch … Continue reading

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Choosing Your Outline — Stage 2 of Outlining

When you’ve accumulated enough material through brainstorming, the next step is to select what kind of outline you want.  Your outline could be a basic sketch that tells you, roughly, what will happen in the beginning, the middle and the … Continue reading

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Review: The Evening and the Morning

The Evening and the Morning is a novella written by Sheila Finch and published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. This novella ties up Finch’s “lingster” series, which has spanned multiple stories for over two decades.  Unfortunately, if … Continue reading

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