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Wedding Bells

Imagine that one of your fictional characters is getting married. How would it happen? Write the scene. Alternative #1: Imagine that someone close to one of your fictional characters is getting married. Alternative #2: Imagine that you are getting married!

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Tell their story

Visit this page and, for the moment, simply look at the photograph without reading the text. (Just in case you read this entry sometime months from now and the picture is gone, it’s an old black-and-white photo of young men

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Save vs. Moving Van

I think we’ve come up with a decision for approaching that possible moving quandary. We’re going to work on the house to get it ship-shape for putting on the market, which gives us time to make sure this is what

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The ultimate niche genre

One thing that fascinates me is discovering that what seems like a simple plot idea has been turned into an entire mini-genre of its own. I’m still agog at the wealth of Scottish Highlands time travel romances out there—who knew

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Virginia? And a movie

It’s strange, but… after almost four years in Maryland, we’re contemplating the possibility of moving once more. We moved down for my husband’s job, but for various reasons that’s ended up being farther away from the home we got than

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Reviews & More

First, two new book reviews. I had a chance to read the advance uncorrected proof of Tobias Buckell’s Sly Mongoose. Books like this are why being a reviewer makes me so happy. I might not make much money, and I

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Birth of a character

Write up a scene depicting your character’s birth or arrival in her parents’ arms or home. You’ll probably find this says a lot about your character’s family and parents, but by extension this can also give you insight into the

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The Furniture, Revisited

First, in non-furniture news, I have a non-review of Patricia Rice’s Mystic Rider. I almost never do this, but I just couldn’t get myself to read the whole thing. While that means I can’t review the book as such, I

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What your readers feel

This morning I stumbled across Eudaemonia’s post on Bell’s plot & structure book (it’s a great book, and I highly recommend it!). Anyway, Lisa shared two exercises from the book and her results: “Set aside ten minutes of undisturbed writing

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IKEA and a giveaway link

Here’s a giveaway for you: drop by Kylee’s Book Blog to enter to win a copy of Dancing Above the Waves. My review today is of Lucy Finn’s upcoming If Wishing Made It So. I swear I didn’t know before

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Stuff for Gamers

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