Category Archives: writing fiction

Where to go from here.

And no, this isn’t a political post! You have an idea for a book (this is about a picture book but the experience is universal). You start thinking about it, a small start. A few things click. You come to believe … Continue reading

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Rejection!

Rejection. “Passing.” “Not a good fit here.” “Not quite what we are looking for.” “Not there yet.” “Have you considered another career?” If you are working in any commercial art words like the ones above will become familiar. I imagine there … Continue reading

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The quiet idea

The best story is always the simplest story. The one you almost miss because when its narrative heart begins to beat it seems – just so obvious. The idea you pass over too quickly on the way to some imagined GRAND … Continue reading

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Focus in multiple dimensions.

Lately a number of people have talked (or technically communicated with me via email…do we all refer to email communications as talking now?) to me about the challenges and difficulties of working from home. It’s important to remember that I … Continue reading

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So I want to write a kids book.

I’ve decided to write a book for children, what should it be about, I mean, what kind story and how many swear words can I get away with? As for the swear words, best not have any unless it’s a … Continue reading

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Yeah!? Well, listen to this!

I’m in the mood to vent today. Between the silliness of having a charter school in West Linn ( where I live, because you know public schools are so bad here…)  or the national political slow motion car accident that is the … Continue reading

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Whacha watching?

When I draw and paint I often have my trusty iPad on and stream movies and TV shows. Depending on how focused I need to be effects what I watch. If I’m writing I usually just have music on if … Continue reading

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