Category Archives: Rhobin’s round robin

Have my family experiences affected my writing?

Rhobin wants to know: “How do your family experiences translate into writing scenes?” I used to be a red hot debater and know all the debating tricks. This one is called “begging the question.” You know, the prosecutor asking, “Mr … Continue reading

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The necessary spanner in the works

Rhobin Courtright’s task for us round robiners is: Describe a flawed or evil character you have or might use in a story. How did they become so flawed? What part will they play in the story and what will happen … Continue reading

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Hallo! Ween?

Who is Ween? Why should I greet this entity? I assume Ween is a gremlin or goblin or gargoyle or perhaps a gnome. Rhobin Courtright’s October topic for her faithful followers is Hallo Ween, though she left out the space … Continue reading

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Writing nonfiction

This month, Rhobin wants to know about our nonfiction writing. Reality resides in my computer. That horror story you think you live in is an illusion, thank Heavens. Please consider a very small selection of examples: War It’s not just … Continue reading

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Well, I just don’t know: repetitions

Our assignment this month is: “Do you have any character habits or favorite words that always crop up in your writing?” Well, yes. My current one is a great tendency to start sentences with “Well…” But when I think back … Continue reading

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Gathering dust: excised adventures

Marci Baun came up with our Round Robin topic for July, 2021: “Deleting scenes: Do you ever delete scenes? When and why do you delete them? And what do you do with them? Do you save them? Or just toss … Continue reading

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When the plot goes to pot

Rhobin’s homework in the merry month of June (yes, I know) is “In your writing, how do you recognize and overcome plot problems or failures?” Nowadays, when I struggle with plot glitches, they tend to be in the books of … Continue reading

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Writing as growth?

Our topic for May, 2021 is: Does writing change the author? Do you think your writing has changed you in any significant way? It’s a good day when I learn something new. All my life, research, study, learning has been … Continue reading

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Peace for the Joker

This was the first short story I’d ever written, and the first to win a prize. It’s part of the anthology, Through Other Eyes. I am reproducing it now because it’s part of my Rhobin’s round robin post for May, … Continue reading

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Name game

Rhobin Courtright would like me to tell you where I find names for my characters. The first thing is, I am NOT going to quote from Romeo and Juliet. Instead, I’ll use Hit and Run as a case study. The … Continue reading

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