Your Moment of Dog: Goldi-Milton


So I was going to wait until the new year to start a new recurring feature–Your Moment of Dog–but then today I was cleaning out the basement for the insulation guys who are coming Friday and heard Milton make this racket. Squirrel, I figure. He has a thing for squirrels. Still, the neighbors would probably appreciate some silence so I go out and yell at him to get up those steps and shut up.

And then I look closer:

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Yes, That’s A Crusie


Poor Micki walked into the buzzsaw when she said the draft I posted didn’t sound like a Crusie yet. So I thought I’d expand on the issue here because what she meant was a perfectly good criticism, she just phrased it in an unfortunate manner. (IT’S OKAY, MICKI.) What that kind of comment almost always means is, “This book isn’t like the book that you wrote before that I like,” and that’s a perfectly good criticism. I’m good with that criticism. “I liked Faking It better than this,” is absolutely valid. “I know you wrote this, but this isn’t your writing” isn’t valid.

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Cherry Saturday 12-13-1014



Today is Ice Cream Day.
Yes, I know it’s December, but it was either this or Violin Day. Cowgirl up and get your spoon.

Too Much Stuff: Later


Usually the idea is that I rewrite the scene after you all weigh in and we talk about the rewrite, but Toni and I started looking at our two opening scenes last night and realized we were on different planets, so we’re revamping the beginning so we can both get what we need on the page. Which means that by the time we’re done, this is probably going to be the third scene. Or the first. Anyway, back much later, we’re rewriting. And thank you very much for your critiques; they were very helpful.

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Toni on Visual Writing


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