An Ode to Handwriting

Ever since I was a kid, the simple practice of handwriting has proven a real challenge for me. I distinctly remember being seven years old and completely confounded by what the teacher was saying about how to hold your pencil “properly”. You were supposed to grip your pencil just so, because if you didn’t thenContinue reading “An Ode to Handwriting”

From the Back of a Cow Paddock

Life without a reliable Internet connection sucks. There’s no other way to put it. I’m currently living on Information Superhighway rations; tiny little nuggets of wuh-wuh-wuhdotcom. The reason for this, and forgive me if I’m repeating myself because I can’t go and check what I have and haven’t already written about, is that we’ve recentlyContinue reading “From the Back of a Cow Paddock”

A Final Farewell to 2012

2012 was a big year. It was the year my first book was published. It was the year my fiancé and I moved into the first home that either of us had ever owned. And, on December 30, on our fifth anniversary, it was the year we got married. Given that we’re both involved inContinue reading “A Final Farewell to 2012”

The Pitfalls of Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.

If you write for long enough, you’ll find that certain turns of phrase show up in your work with disturbing regularity. You might not notice it yourself. Not at first. It’ll sneak up on you like the Predator, all clicks and grrrs and shimmering photosensitive camouflage, with the neon green blood and the shoulder-mounted laser and…Continue reading “The Pitfalls of Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.”

The Importance of Being Edited

Today’s my last day as Inside a Dog’s Resident Author. You can read my final post here. It’s been a lot of fun waffling on about storytelling and any topic that crosses my mind, and has convinced me that I need to write a few more posts here about the world of publishing. There were aContinue reading “The Importance of Being Edited”