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How has writing rewarded you? What has it cost you?

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds This is Rhobin’s task for her Round Robin in November, 2018. I really, truly and absolutely cannot think of one negative about writing. So, that’s the second half of the essay out of the way. … Continue reading

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Tension

Other essays in Rhobin’s Rounds The water is so cold! Liquid ice flows into Heather’s mouth, into her lungs as she gasps from the shock of immersion in freezing fire. Her head is within the black depths, and a terrible … Continue reading

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Comma tips

This is a little essay I had in a Bobbing Around in 2015. Here it is again, because I am getting quite a few comma problems while editing the submissions to my free book edit contest (deadline 15th Oct.). In … Continue reading

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Encouraging youngsters to read

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds Personally, I had no trouble with wanting to read. As a little tacker, I pulled the blanket over my head, and read a book using a flashlight. I thought it was a secret, but when … Continue reading

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What started you to write?

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds This is what Rhobin Courtright wants to know this month. It was my mother, grandmother, and grandmother’s sister who lived with us, Aunt Janka. By the time I started school, I could read and write, … Continue reading

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Writing rough stuff

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin’s question for July, 2018: How do you handle/use violence in your stories? We live in a fairly horrible world, and the news keeps rubbing our nose in all the nastiness. When I read for … Continue reading

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Chocolate icing on the cake of life

Previous posts in Rhobin’s rounds Enjoy a few of my short stories Rhobin’s topic for June, 2018: “How has writing rewarded you? What has it cost you?”   That’s one of my personal cliches: writing is the chocolate icing on … Continue reading

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A daisy chain of scenes

Rhobin’s topic this month: How do you ensure a story has a good beginning, a satisfying ending, and good continuity in between? When I was supervising students, I had to advise them on how to write a research thesis. I … Continue reading

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My very first story

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds Rhobin wants to know how I developed my first story. Way back when I was a nursing student, I had to make a choice. My place of training was too far from home for me … Continue reading

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Where do your story ideas come from?

Other posts in Rhobin’s Rounds This varies. One common situation is when I have a concept. A few examples: 1. I needed to illustrate Aaron Beck’s concept of “mind reading” for my coming book on depression. Two hours later, I … Continue reading

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