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Critique Groups are a Coming, There’s Dancing Tonight

With the pandemic shutdown, some of our critique groups have gone on hiatus and others have disbanded.  But the pandemic has also showed us new opportunities.  Just as we have had successful Special Speaker Events and a whole Writers Conference virtually, we can also have virtual critique groups virtually via […]

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Step by Step

Back when Kris and I attended Quattro University, co-founder and entrepreneur Cheri Tree once said there is no such thing as a self-made millionaire.  The true is same for writers.  It starts with all those English teachers you had in high school and college.   And in my case, screen writing […]

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Coming Soon to a Virtual of Festival of Books Near You.

As you may have heard, the L.A. Times Festival of Book will be virtual this year.  https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/  Beginning October 18th, it will go on for four weeks.  The Greater Los Angeles Writers Society has had a booth there for years.  With the shut down of live events, we have rolled […]

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Burrrrgurrrs!!!

Okay, I’m not the kind of person that always posts pictures of the food they eat, but I have to make an exception.  For the second week in a row, Baby’s Badass Burgers’ food truck stopped on my route home.  Last week they were on Ventura Boulevard right off the […]

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What I’ve been reading: DC Superhero Girls at Metropolis High

Writer and educator Art Holcomb has said you should read ten times as much as you write.  While I understand that from an educational perspective, I just don’t have the time.  I’ve been reading “What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew” since the beginning of the year – and […]

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What a Week I’m Having

Its been a busy week, but a great week.   The West Coast Writers Conference was not only the weekend of Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th, but went through the entire following week and ended Saturday, August 15th.  That’s a lot of notes I took and will be reviewing.  […]

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My Fifteen Minutes of Fame

I spent this weekend at the West Coast Writers Conference – virtually.  It was a new experience for all of us.  There were a few technical glitches, but it all went pretty well.  There was a lot to learn.  I’m going to be going over my notes for weeks. It […]

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Prepping for my Premier

I have been to over a dozen writers conferences, volunteering at most of them.  I have done everything from stuffing swag bags to assisting in sound.  This Friday, August 7th, is the start of the 26th Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference, and for the first time, I will be moderating […]

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Sometimes it’s Fun to Beat Up Your Bad Guy

This week I wrote an emotional scene featuring my protagonist’s mentor.  My good guys had just been through a harrowing fight scene with my bad guy, then through a miscommunication, my protagonist almost loses a limb.  Afterwards, in the calm after the storm, my mentor character reflects on what has […]

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3,444 more words.

Last week I wrote that my goal would be to write 3,000 words a week until my novel was done.  I actually wrote 3,444 words.  Not bad consider we were dealing with a roach problem at the time.  Who wants to hear more about my roach problem? Okay, never mind. […]

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