Monthly Archives: September 2011

Six Thought-Provoking Writing Posts

I always enjoy checking out Jo Eberhardt’s “Monday’s Top 5” links over at The Happy Logophile, so I figured I’d share some interesting posts I’ve come across this week. I discovered most of them through my Google+ “Writers and Bloggers” stream. … Continue reading

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David Mitchell and Inventing ‘Inaccurate But Plausible’ Dialogue

Reading “The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet” was another amazing moment in my education about what historical fiction can be. My first watershed moment occurred earlier this year, when I read “Signal & Noise” by John Griesemer. I devoured … Continue reading

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Another Chance to Win a Flipback!

This week I’m giving away another flipback book, courtesy of Arthur van Keulen of Jongbloed BV, the Dutch publishing company that created the innovative pocket-sized format. If you don’t know about these books yet, click on the “flipback” category on … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge #9: Coloring Your Fictional World

As writers, we work daily to avoid cliches and find our own way of saying things. Sometimes it’s easier to dash off a color word–like pink, for instance–to describe a character’s shirt or the kind of light entering the room. … Continue reading

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Could Someone Get Used to Reading Flipbacks All the Time?

After writing so many posts about flipback books, I read two of them in a row this summer–first the amazingly complex and beautiful “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell, then “The Other Hand” by Chris Cleave. I hadn’t read either author … Continue reading

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Carolyn Parkhurst’s Unlikely Novel Promotion

To promote her latest title, “The Nobodies Album,” Carolyn Parkhurst spent $150 for 30 days of individualized promotion. How? She chose 30 people offering interesting services through and paid them $5 each. Since September 1, Parkhurst’s daily promotional posts have included, “I will … Continue reading

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Hitting the Send Button

I just submitted the first 85,000 words of my novel, LOST NOTES, to my trusty critique group. Now the waiting begins–two months’ worth, in this case. We’ll meet in mid-November for my critique. In the meantime, I’ll be working on … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Lisa Rivero on her real-life title character, writing middle-grade historical fiction and indie publishing

From its opening scene, on a hot South Dakota day in July 1904, Lisa Rivero’s new middle-grade novel captures the imagination of its readers with a lively protagonist, authentic historical details and the stark realities of homesteading. OSCAR’S GIFT: PLANTING … Continue reading

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September 11, a Decade Later

I wrote the following essay for the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks, and I thought I’d share it today. It was published in Portrait, a souvenir edition of the Beaverton Valley Times, the Tigard Times and the Tualatin Times, … Continue reading

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Some Summer Snapshots: Why I Love Portland

Preschool begins Monday, so it seems like the perfect time to look back at the past few months. Rainy, gray days here in Portland, Oregon, eventually turned into a beautiful summer. Since June, I have posted ten Seven Questions interviews, … Continue reading

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