Capricious Cats, Thunderstorms of Thor and Other Unsolvable Mysteries

Maybe we shouldn't have named our cat Leo. He certainly thinks he's king of all things...like my laundry. He's right in the middle of it when I throw it on the bed. I literally have to shut him out so I can put on clean sheets and fold my t-shirts. His other talents include fetch, …

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Too Old to Start Writing? Balderdash! Age is Your Badass Superpower

I didn't really start writing until I semi-retired, which gave me more time to pursue my dream of producing a novel. Since I started this process over five years ago, I've had many doubts about my sanity and the wisdom of starting a writing career later in life. A FogCon Panel on It's Never Too …

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Fantasy Writer Seeks Comic Book Heroes for Action and Adventure

Do you remember the first comic book you ever bought? I can picture the creaky metal comic stand in front of the neighborhood market that I passed on my way home from school, still feel the touch of my fingers on the covers, remember the thrill of picking out one to take home. I still …

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Smashcuts, Sequels and All that Jazz

Smashcut. Sounds fun doesn't it? Gonna 'Smashcut' that chapter! Not a screenwriter, so it was new terminology to me; describes an abrupt cut from one scent to another); a neat little tool that I’ve apparently used unknowing in my fiction writing. And something similar: a classic Jump Cut (cut between the exact shot, creating the effect of …

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