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  • Rough Draft

    What I Learned Finishing My First Novel Rewrite

    The rough draft of my novel took just five months. The first rewrite took over a year. I learned a few things in the process.

    Tags: writing, process

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  • TWSBI

    The Grand Guignol

    I tried to write a horror story with nothing supernatural, and I wanted to research a period piece, so I wrote about 1920s Paris and the Grand Guignol. Don’t know what that was? Read the story.

    Tags: fiction, short-story, horror

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  • Typewriter sleeve

    Inked (Again)

    Now that I'm firmly in my forties, I've decided to start getting more tattoos after twenty years. I pretend it’s not a mid-life crisis as much as finally knowing what I want to say.

    Tags: tattoos

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  • Lamy 2000

    That Magic Moment (That’s Surrounded by Work)

    There is a magical moment, one that happens at least once per finished piece of writing, when I know that something needs to be written, and why. It takes work to get there, but it’s the most important moment in my writing process.

    Tags: writing, process

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  • Wurlitzer

    Music for Writing

    I’m taking a break from writing to talk about writing… specifically, how music makes everything better.

    Tags: process, writing, music

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  • Red Keyboard

    Death at Hell House

    A short story for Halloween with a little bit of hell house nostalgia and a lot of Southern Gothic and Tales From the Crypt influences.

    Tags: fiction, short-story, horror

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  • Shep Sleeping

    Little Tommy’s Slumber Party

    Another Tommy and his pet dragon story that was motivated by my wonderful son’s struggle with bedtime.

    Tags: short-story, fiction, tommy

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    Dreamer - A Short Story

    I wrote a short story about a struggling novelist and nightmares.

    Tags: fiction, short-story, horror

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  • Shep with headphones

    The One About Headphones

    I’m taking a break from my novel to talk about something I care deeply about: headphones and adding a soundtrack to writing.

    Tags: music, writing

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  • Red Pen

    Two Sentences

    This morning I finally started the official rewrite of my first novel, and it went about as well as you would expect.

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