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Wading thru the Muck

I love November. NaNoWriMo has become a favorite way to jumpstart my writing, and is usually an annual rite of passage I take as an opportunity to begin my next novel. But this year is a little different. This year, my mind has yet to report for duty. Am I giving up? No. But I do feel as though I’m wading through a great deal of mental muck…

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Learning to Fly

Anyone who’s discovered a nest full of baby birds has gotten to witness the marvel of new life and the swift development of the tiny creatures from something grotesque to a thing of beauty. And on top of it all, they can fly! Why? Because they don’t know they can’t. Imagine what we could accomplish if we afforded ourselves no limitations…

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The Power of the Mind

Remember when you were a kid, and reading a book was like opening the door to a new world? You made new friends, experienced exciting things and traveled to far-off places. One thing I have discovered recently is that the characters provided by any author offer readers an escape that is only limited by the reader’s own imagination…

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10
Feb

What Makes Us Crave Adventure?

Face it – reading is the greatest form of escape on the face of the earth. Where else can you become part of another culture, another world, another realm, and still make it home in time for dinner? Sure, movies offer you that, for maybe a couple of hours, but then you’re back where you started. But books become a part of us, making us feel braver than we ever thought possible, longing to be something more…..

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4
Feb

Lessons from the Masters – Lewis

Friends with J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis is another writer I admire whose works are of Epic proportions. Children especially love books where the heroes are someone they can totally relate to, and who better for them to relate to that other kids who are braver than they might have ever imagined . . .

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26
Jan

Lessons from the Masters – Roddenberry

All right, so I guess you got me – I cut my teeth on sci-fi growing up. Well, that and The Lone Ranger. I watched Space 1999 and wondered what 1999 would look like. Needless to say, I was a little disappointed when ’99 looked nothing like Moon Base Alpha. But Star Trek was a whole other story…..

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17
Jan

Lessons from the Masters – Moffat

Hello, Sweetie! Anyone who has watched even one episode of Doctor Who can tell you it is an intricate mish-mash of history and science and relationships between humans and aliens, both hostile and friendly. And at the center of it all stands a Time Lord with two hearts, a madman in a blue box…..

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13
Jan

Lessons from the Masters – Rowling

J.K. Rowling did something utterly amazing with the Harry Potter series – she helped an entire generation of kids rediscover the joys of reading. Even better, she drew in adults as well, appealing to young and old alike. My kids grew up with Harry, Hermione, and Ron, and we have fond memories of spending hours with them, both in the book and cinematic form. They were detailed and complex and the characters were as real as if they were truly our own friends . . .

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6
Jan

Lessons from the Masters – Tolkien

Anyone who’s ventured into Middle Earth knows, whether you’ve read the novels or seen the big screen versions of his works, the name J.R.R. Tolkien is synonymous with Epic. Yes, with a capitol E. And whether today’s author plans to take advantage of it or not, each world created out of a writer’s fertile imagination has the potential to take on epic proportions . . .

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4
Jan

Guarding Tradition

I’ve been doing lot of thinking lately about Minnetrista and why people enjoy spending time there. I have some theories with regard to how folks of different age groups see the place, including why I see Oakhurst the way I do… Read more »

1
Jan

Missing the Realm

It’s only been a month but I miss it – getting up at unholy hours to hammer away at ridiculous word counts for the day as I down a pot of coffee before getting ready for work. Sometimes I think I’d have been good in the Army. After all, they do more before 9am than most folks do all day… Read more »

6
Dec

A Moral Dilemma

I find as I am gearing up for round two of writing Erebos Rising, the third installment of The Ravensforge Trilogy, I am at a crossroads of sorts. Elisabeth has posed a question that has me struggling with a moral dilemma of epic proportions, and I’m not sure I like any of the answers I’m coming up with… Read more »

1
Dec

Enchanted

I have to admit, I am having more fun than normal folk should be allowed to have. The Enchanted Luminaria at Minnetrista is in full swing, the people and grounds are festive, and I’ve laughed more in the last 24 hours than I remember doing in a long time. Part of it is due to the guys in the booth next to mine, but mostly it’s just because I’m just happy to be there… Read more »