G is for Giving Yourself a Chance

I’m surrounded by talented people. And right now, I’m taking about the ones I sincerely, straight-faced, honestly believe are talented. I know so many talented people. Writers and artists and singers and dancers. People who are brilliant and creative, and all the good things. And more often than not, the things that should be their

E is for Effort and Expectations

  Welcome! Today is the first double-dip day of the month, with Insecure Writer’s Support Group and the letter E in the A-t0-Z Challenge falling on the same day. And as it turns out, I have just enough E-type insecurities to make it work. I’ve reached the point that Effort is a big issue for

D is for Doubt

You know that “artist”? The one who sings, or paints, or writes, or… dances? Whatever. The one who makes everyone cringe, because everybody in the room—except the artist–knows how awful, and untalented she is? No one ever says anything, because “the artist” is so enthusiastic, and so earnest, and so committed. No one wants to break her heart.

C is for C– uh-oh.. C– oh, my… Cussing

Cussing. No, I promised. No adult language. But Cussing is a C-word for which I have more than a little talent. I like the intensifiers and the transitive verbs. I like the broken-glass window into the culture in question. My immigrant great-grandfather–who was a liar, by the way–insisted that there were no dirty words in his

Benefits of Blogging A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

It’s day two of the A-to-Z Blogging challenge, and I am already Be-hind. This was a spur of the moment thing for me, so I  don’t have any posts stockpiled on the scheduler, the way some people might. (I have a Sunday coming up, so I hope to change that, soon.) So, today, the best

Alright Already–the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge

I’ve been hearing about the A-to-Z Blogging challenge on and off for several years. So, this morning when I ran into yet another friend talking about the challenge in one of my online writing communities, I finally gave in. Alright Already. I’ll do twenty-six posts in a month. (In alphabetical order, and somehow incorporating the


Who did you bring to the party? I brought one of my characters from the novel I’m posting here on Reprobate Typewriter. He’s the Captain of the Upright Guard, and a hero of the Wars Against the Penitent Planets. Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine? I had to drag him out from under a prostitute

Where Do I Get My Ideas, and the REAL Question

The other day, I ran into this conversation in which two well-known authors were discussing their ideas on Twitter: 1. All authors dread the question: “Where do you get your ideas from?” This is because there is NO ANSWER. #TenTweetsAboutGettingIdeas — Joanne Harris (@Joannechocolat) February 4, 2016 True. I once answered: ‘The same place you get

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