In the past 21 months, I’ve completed four fantasy books (under my other name) of 155K, 135K, 136K, and 77K words, without working hard enough to stress me out. I finished Mr. Harding Proposes in the 30 days of Nano. So, yes, I write fast, and I sometimes worry that fellow writers in the Facebook and… Read More


My alter-ego, Kathy Ann Trueman, has been hogging all our writing time for the past… well, let’s just say a long time. Since the last time she let me pick up the pen, she has written four books set in her world of the Vale. As much as I enjoy her fantasy stories, I’d really… Read More


Recently, in one of the Facebook writers’ groups I’m in, I read a post by a person who was really upset at the idea that, to quote the most famous example, “The first draft of anything is sh*t.” She took that literally and was upset at the idea that she should spend her time and… Read More


  I might spend too much time talking about how hard writing is, and not enough time talking about how much joy it gives. Lately, however, I seem to see on Facebook things like, “I want to write a novel. Can someone tell me how to create characters?” or “I’m about to start a novel.… Read More


  I’ve mentioned this topic before, but in the abstract. I’m going to be a little more personal this time. When I first introduce a character, even a minor character, I try to think of one, or at the most two things about their appearance that can convey to the reader what I think is… Read More