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Oct.19.2012
           It became clear to me a few days ago that I didn’t make the cut in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest, but I wanted to wait until the judging period was officially over before commenting about it.     ...
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Oct.15.2012
            Your palms sweat. You pace nervously. You check your e-mail obsessively. Do that for six months or so, and you have an idea of what it’s like to be an author.            ...
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Oct.11.2012
Popping back in yet again, coming home from a doctor’s appointment and headed for a few hour’s sleep again. Less than six hours left to vote in the So You Think You Can Write contest! Thanks, everyone, for your support.   http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/coming-attractions/...
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Oct.11.2012
Way less than a day left in the 2012 So You Think You Can Write contest, and since I’m off to sleep now I’m dependent on the rest of you to spread the word. So, if I get the top prize this year, everyone who can prove they voted for me will get a puppy!*   http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com...
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Oct.10.2012
  Before I get on to my weekly column, don’t forget that we have less than 24 hours of voting left to go in the So You Think You Can Write contest:   http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/coming-attractions/   It’s getting tense!   ###   This article first...
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Oct.10.2012
Recently I posted five interrelated blogs about the creation of my novel Coming Attractions, which is (as I’m sure you know by now), my entry in the So You Think You Can Write contest here:   http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/coming-attractions/     In case you’re...
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Oct.09.2012
In my novel Storm Chaser, the main characters aren’t all that different from standard romantic comedy leads (on the surface). The supporting characters, on the other hand, were quirky and memorable enough that some of them headlined their own tales in my short story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts...
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Oct.09.2012
The elections' almost here!   No, not that election. I mean voting for Harlequin's SoYouThinkYouCanWrite contest is almost over. My entry, complete with first chapter and synopsis, is here:   http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/manuscripts/coming-attractions/   If I win ... I...
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Oct.08.2012
Although I saved the characters until now, they were one of the first things I worked on once I came up with the basic idea for the story; after all, a well-defined character can lead a story in ways it might not otherwise go. If Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird had been a lazy drunkard, none...
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Oct.08.2012
It's not often that a writer shows an actual photo of his fictional setting. But what the heck: In the case of ​Coming Attractions​ , the fictional drive-in at the center of the story is based on a real one, the Auburn-Garrett in northeast Indiana. Here's a not-so-great photo taken a few years...