Monthly Archives: January 2011

Writing About Writing When You’re Writing

I hadn’t been writing for a while when I started up again a week or so ago. There are a lot of reasons, among them needing a break, coming up with my next big project (still working on that!), and … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon, “The Heritage”

The Heritage Cry out on Time that he may take away Your cold philosophies that give no hint Of spirit-quickened flesh; fall down and pray That Death come never with a face of flint: Death is our heritage; with Life … Continue reading

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Edgell Rickword, “Winter Warfare”

Winter Warfare Colonel Cold strode up the Line (tabs of rime and spurs of ice); stiffened all that met his glare: horses, men and lice. Visited a forward post, left them burning, ear to foot; fingers stuck to biting steel, … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Fantastic – Victoria Janssen

The Philadelphia Fantastic Authors and Editors Series invite you to join us to meet author Victoria Janssen reading from her latest erotic novel, The Duke & the Pirate Queen, published by Harlequin Spice. Friday, January 28, 2011 7:30 PM The … Continue reading

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How to be a Good Panelist

I recently wrote a couple of posts about moderating panels at conventions and conferences, one on preparing and one on procedures. I realized I should say something about being a panelist, as well. 1. Prepare. At the very least, read … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Start Your Writing Day Right

1. Start writing first thing. Okay, I eat first, and brush my teeth, things like that. But I don’t give myself a chance to see that the laundry needs to be done, or remember that I was going to buy … Continue reading

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“Mama Tried” and Story Structure

One of my favorite songs as a kid was Merle Haggard’s Mama Tried, which was released in 1968. Recently, I listened to it again. And again. And realized how the complex structure of the song helped to tell a story … Continue reading

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Current Writing Playlists

I tend to have a lot of different playlists. This is the one that, right now, says “writing” to me. 1. “This is the Life,” Amy Macdonald 2. “Heroes & Thieves,” Vanessa Carlton 3. “The Garden’s End,” Sarah Blasko 4. … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon, “At Daybreak”

At Daybreak I listen for him through the rain, And in the dusk of starless hours I know that he will come again; Loth was he ever to forsake me: He comes with glimmering of flowers And stir of music … Continue reading

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Siegfried Sassoon, “To-Day”

To-day This is To-day, a child in white and blue Running to meet me out of Night who stilled The ghost of Yester-eve; this is fair Morn The mother of To-morrow. And these clouds That chase the sunshine over gleaming … Continue reading

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