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June 22, 2011 by


I haven’t written anything good since I finished the first draft of my manuscript. I have a sneaky little demon in the back of my brain who wails desperately that I won’t ever write anything good ever. again. which is total nonsense, of course, because I know exactly why I’m not writing well, and it will […]

Honey & Balsamic Salad Dressing (Vegetarian)

May 23, 2011 by


We’ve been trying to save money recently. There are some lovely, cheap restaurants around here, but it still doesn’t count as “saving money” to spend $5.00 on a burger and fries, even if that burger is freshly cooked, made with good ingredients, and is really quite nice. So we went to a box store, bought […]

A Celebration! On the Completion of my First Draft

May 17, 2011 by


A facebook conversation between the Love of my Life and me. (Please note: I am not attached to Tamil film star Rajnikanth. LofL’s facebook currently sports an image of Rajni from the film “Endhiran” as its profile picture.) Wishing you all a happy First Draft Day! May yours be as rewarding as mine.

Book Excerpts

April 22, 2011 by


Please put an excerpt from your book on your website. Let’s assume you may want me to buy your book. I’m looking around your website because I’d like to determine whether or not I want to buy your book. I can’t do that if you don’t show me how you write. Since I began writing under […]

Overwrought & Overwritten

April 11, 2011 by


I believe writers are being confused. Not on purpose, of course — I don’t think anyone in the industry is trying to give bad advice to amateur authors. But I do see professionals giving advice that suggests overwrought prose is a result of editing too much. There is such a thing as overwrought and overwritten […]

Judging Quality

March 28, 2011 by


For those of you who wish to read more about my opinions on the Amanda Hocking and DexRaven conversation, I have more to say on the subject, but I’d like to discuss the idea of quality a bit first. at the start of things… across the stars far away from our own planet not just […]

Alice’s Top-Secret Editing Procedure – We’re Here to Help YOU

March 10, 2011 by


I’m not particularly egotistical. I love what I do, and I think perhaps I might be good at it. Perhaps in a handful of years, if my career takes off, I might be persuaded to cautiously label myself “a good writer”. Perhaps. Most likely under the influence of a few G&Ts. This is because even […]