Are You Prepared to NANO? #nanowrimo

It’s coming down the pike like a flaming bowling ball of despair and agony–NANOWRIMO! The dreaded month of words guaranteed to send every (to use Chuck Wendig’s moniker) Pen Monkey screaming into the treetops.  For those who remain blissfully ignorant of the ruthlessly sadistic reality of Nanowrimo (Nano for those poor mutilated souls left battered […]

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Falling Into Winter #changingseasons #life

Winter is coming! Do you know how I, a desert dweller, can tell? The temperatures have dropped to double digits. Add in the fact that I work at a University where students have the most curious modes for dressing (bundled in sweater and scarf on top, Bermuda shorts and flip-flops on bottom) and I can […]

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Conjuring Misery Chapter 8 – part I #serial #uf #western

It’s that time again, gather round for another installment in our ongoing Urban Fantasy-slash-Western serial, CONJURING MISERY.  Your three storytellers: Dave Benneman, Jami Gray and Camille Douglass are weary and saddle sore but we promised to continued on. We now return to the on going saga of the hand of villainy and the conniving mistress […]

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On Scorpions, Dust, and Fur #writerlife

I’ve lived most of my life in the Southwest, where dust rules, cool is anything under 90 degrees, and the local wildlife is more likely to kill you than cuddle. Thus, I’ve maintained an understanding with the three main sand dwellers–scorpions, snakes, and huge ass spiders–you go be you away from me and I won’t […]

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Finding Your Voice #writertips

Funny thing about writers, you can read a collection of words, and if you’re familiar enough with the writer, even without their name appearing anywhere to clue you in, you’ll know it’s them. Why? Because their writing voice is like the dulcet tones of your best friend. For a writer, finding your voice is like […]

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Conjuring Misery Chapter 7 (the second half)

Gather round the campfire, young bucks. Fall is in the air and we’re heading into dangerous territory with our Old West Urban Fantasy serial, CONJURING MISERY. Come join our yarn spinners Jami, Camille Douglass and Dave Benneman as we rejoin our motley cast as they face the evil tumbling through the dusty trails of Misery… Chapter […]

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Ignoring the Imposter’s Voice #writerlifelessons

I am an introvert by nature and while I can strap on my “public” big girl pants and enjoy social interactions, if given a choice, I’d happily curl up in an overstuffed chair, book in hand, and occasionally peek out at life for random bouts of people watching. I actually have to “prepare” myself when […]

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Planning It Out #writerbuisnessplan

While at the RWA Conference I attended a workshop given by the talented Stephanie Bond on the value of a Writer’s Business Plan. Hold your horses, young one, don’t bail on me. I get that the use of “business plan” may invoke images of scurrying executives with briefcases in hand or endless board meetings, but […]

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