Category Archives: Writing: Style

Exercises for Settings Workshop on October 16th and 23rd

I hope to see you at the upcoming workshop! It’s all about settings – creating a fictional world in which your characters live. It will be held at the Montrose (Colorado) Public Library meeting room right off the main lobby … Continue reading

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My Thoughts on What Makes a Novel

As part of a larger interview about The Unexpected Traveler, I muse on what makes a novel.

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Flyer for Workshop: Create your Fictional World

My workshop is nearing – see here for details. And, if you’d like to print a copy of the handout to mull over and bring with you, you can find it by clicking here (Google Docs).

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The Unexpected Traveler is Underway

At last! After months of planning and pondering, my new fantasy book is underway. Under the working title The Unexpected Traveler, the story follows Rainier, an elf who doesn’t want to become king. The unexpected traveler is photographer Peter Wright, … Continue reading

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Magazines for Writers

I recently received yet another request from Poets & Writers to reconsider my request to drop my subscription. It got me to thinking. Why did I drop my subscription in the first place? Every writer’s workshop I attend recommends Poets … Continue reading

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Five Senses Exercise in Colorado High Country

It started out simply enough. After work I hopped on my dirt bike and headed up Owl Creek Pass Road. The county has the road closed a little way beyond the vista point shown in the photograph (38°10’49.77″N 107°37’13.75″W), so … Continue reading

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English Language Officially Tops 1M Words

Well, not quite, but it’s coming up. Set aside June 11th, 2009, to celebrate! English, the most comprehensive language on earth, the great sponge that soaks up ideas from everywhere, that wondrous conglomeration of everything pronounceable (and some things that … Continue reading

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…and Back Again

My last post sure sounded rosy, didn’t it? Spring, flowers, fun, games, way too many strawberries (a quart or two just for me). Well, Mother Nature had other ideas. You see, I normally get colds on Tuesday. The standard-issue cold … Continue reading

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Traveling Home: What’s Different?

Loretta and I are in Southern California to visit my parents. I thought I’d write a few things about seeing “home” through a writer’s eyes. Certainly Ridgway and LA are different!  I’ve been away from LA for several years. As … Continue reading

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Platte Valley School Writing Workshop

Loretta and I are ensconced in a hotel room at the Powderhorn Ski Resort near Mesa Colorado, preparatory to participating in a Middle School / High School writing workshop tomorrow morning. Collbran, Colorado, the school’s location, is best described as … Continue reading

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