Monthly Archives: February 2012

Fresh Emotions

One of the most challenging aspects of writing a novel is telling a 50,000 word story (for middle grade fiction, longer for older audiences) without repeating yourself.  I’m not talking about the plot or action, which ought to move along … Continue reading

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Retreat Into Your Favorite Series

 Just finished reading Midnight in Austenland, by Shannon Hale.  It’s the sequel to Austenland, and they’re both for adult audiences (while most of her other books are young adult fantasy).  Shannon’s writing is always amazing: funny, touching, deep, and lyrical … Continue reading

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Celebrating Scarytine’s Day

I belong to a murder mystery book club with a very odd Valentine’s Day tradition.  All year we read one book per month, alternating between cozy mysteries and slightly grittier novels to appeal to everyone.  In December we pick a … Continue reading

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The Origin of Slang

I recently turned in the latest revision (Rev 14!) of my middle grade fantasy manuscript to a prospective editor.  Keep your fingers and toes crossed in hopes that she likes it. For me, revising is hard work.  I tackle it … Continue reading

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