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What Inspires Me, Part 3: The GLAWS Years

There’s the stereotype of writers sitting alone in their basements, tapping out their novels on their typewriters, but that is not the case.  Southern California homes don’t have basements. Oh, wait, there’s more to that.  Cheri Tree of Quattro University use to say, “There is no such thing as a […]

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What Inspires Me, Part 2: The Quattro Years

My wife is an entrepreneur. She has a web design business, a jewelry business and an Etsy store.  About ten years ago, she got involved with Quattro University, an entrepreneurial college.  After a while, I got involved with her.  In addition to weekend meetings, we even attended one of their […]

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Things I Don’t Understand.

I created this blog and the associated Facebook page to promote my writing and to let people get to know me.  That’s why I write on all kinds of subjects that interest me from cooking to Star Trek and My Little Pony to my experiences with the Greater Los Angeles […]

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Two Cool Things Happened Last Weekend. Here’s Number Two:

I had my ProCritique with an Editor.  I signed up for this before the last conference.  I also signed up for a ProCritique with an agent.  I wanted to get the point of view of both an editor and an agent, but because of problems with email attachments, the agent […]

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I Must be Doing Something Right

As I’ve been writing, I’ve been attending the California Creative Writing Conference for the past two weekends, February 26th to March 6th.  Yesterday I attended Debra Eckerling’s panel, “If you are an Author, Why Aren’t You Blogging?” I’ve been blogging consistently for almost a year.  This is my 51st blog!  […]

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Yet another fifteen minutes of fame.

Sat. Feb. 27, 4:45pm.  “World Building: Are you ready to play God?”.  Looks like I’m moderating that one, so I’ll be there.  I’ve moderated this one before.  It’s a fun topic. That was another successful panel.  Better than the first time I moderated it last year.  I always get a […]

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…And speaking about sacrifices…

Tonight, I’m working on sending in the beginning of my novel for two ProCritiques at the upcoming California Creative Writers Conference.  One to an editor and one to an agent.  The deadline is February 14th, but each critiquer has a limited amount of slots, so I wanted to get these […]

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Oh, the Irony.

I’ve always had an interest in science fiction going back to “Astro Boy” and “Fireball XL-5”.  When I grew up, I attended the USC School of Cinema/Television Production with the intent of working in television someday.   But for the time I was in college, I had little time to watch […]

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The Good, the Bad and the Rewrites.

I have mentioned many times that the Critique groups are the most valuable part of my GLAWS membership.  The education you get from Special Speaker Events and Writer Conferences are important to your growth as a writer, but eventually you have to apply what you’ve learned to your work.  You […]

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Sometimes You have to let go – Even if They are Not Bananas.

My wife, Kris, in building her website business http://www.civicsitedesign.com/ (she does my website and is my IT department) has collected many books on entrepreneurship and self-improvement.  One of them is “Letting go of Your Bananas:  How to Become More Successful by Getting Rid of Everything Rotten in Your Life” by […]

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