Category Archives: The Writing Life

MAN, HOW TIME FLIES.

A while back I realized I hadn’t posted on my blog for quite a long time. The reason? One of the most valid I’ve encountered to date: Life just got in the way.  It’s sad to say that unexpected life … Continue reading

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MYSTERY WRITERS, IDEAS AND PLOTS.

A recent comment I read on a blog about “most” mysteries piqued my interest, and I’ll paraphrase what the reader said:  First and foremost, most scenarios and motives for  murder are not that original.  I’ve seen similar stories many times … Continue reading

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Writing with a Buddy

A while back, I read an interesting article in the Writer’s Digest. It was an interview with Doug Preston and Lincoln Child about writers combining knowledge and forces to write together. Their bestselling novels include Relic (which was also made … Continue reading

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WRITER’S CRAMP

As a writer, it has always been a struggle for me to get things moving in a story line. I’m a late bloomer and much like my woodcarvings, I had to learn everything from the bottom up.  These things didn’t … Continue reading

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COVER ART AND BOOK TITLES

Last summer as I was in my Santa Fe studio, working on a sculptural art piece, I stopped to think about what I should name her.  This was a woodcarving of a woman on an antique metal bike, her hair … Continue reading

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KEEPING UP WITH TECHNOLOGY

In a previous post I mentioned that much of my writing begins in longhand, utilizing the many new gel pens that flow like honey and spiral notebooks. I have honed my skills in this manner because of my dislike for … Continue reading

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THE DAY THE WORLD STOOD STILL

This year we’ll be noting (not celebrating) the tenth anniversary of 9/11.  Was it just a coincidence that 911 is our universal code for emergency or was it the warped sense of humor of a terrorist who understood how the … Continue reading

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DISSECTING THE WELL WRITTEN MYSTERY

A few days ago I was attempting  to  add a little juice to a story I was writing, and plagued by an overwhelming lack of direction. Instead of calling it writer’s block, I usually say my word bank is temporarily … Continue reading

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WRITING BLOCKS AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Writing blocks, ah, we’ve all had them.  Some of us more than others.  I’ve been semi-struggling with a work of fiction for about six months now.  It’s a multi-generational story, and I’ve come to a fork in the dirt road.  … Continue reading

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My Road to Mystery Writing

I started writing in the mid-1990s just to document a lot of information I had been gathering related to my art field. For material that has a Southwestern tinge to it, finding a publisher was not difficult. Maybe I was … Continue reading

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