Monthly Archives: January 2010

Awesome Oregon YA Author Panel

Last night my critique group partner Marla and I had the privilege of seeing a panel of five popular YA authors. The price of admission? Being an Oregonian. Yup, here in the great Northwest we have an enormously talented and … Continue reading

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A Time for Looking Back

Years ago, when I was contemplating a cross-country move to pursue my dream of stock car racing, a wise friend gave me this piece of advice, “don’t ever look back.” What he meant was, once you make a decision, don’t … Continue reading

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Platform and the Tao of Pruning

Last Sunday I pruned a customer’s wisteria. It’s a good time of year for it. The leaves have fallen, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing. Wisterias are beautiful vines that often bloom more than once a year. This … Continue reading

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The Tao of Creativity

As I peruse blogs and read other people’s books, I struggle daily with a list of shoulds. I should strike every “was” and adverb from my prose. I should add a bunch of controversial subject matter to my stories. I … Continue reading

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