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Can We Chat?

The other day I was talking to a client about fantasy. How easy it is to write the first sentence of a story, that beginning scene, then sit back, dream the whole thing, and watch it fizzle when you don’t do the work to get it finished. Years can go by like that, even decades. […]

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Bacon and Eggs

I’m in the midst of a physical and mental transformation. Don’t worry: I’m not getting plastic surgery or starting a religion. Instead, I’m figuring out how to eat in order to shrink. You see, over the past couple of years I’ve gotten a bit, well, chubby. Not grossly obese or unable to squeeze through doorways, but […]

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Firelight Interview Series: Shelly Sanders

This month’s Firelight Interview is with Shelly Sanders, the author of the Rachel Trilogy, a series of Y.A. novels about Rachel and Sergei, two young people who struggle for a better future, moving between early 20th century Russia, China, and the United States. Who are you?  I often describe myself as living “without borders” because I […]

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Chill, Dude

This morning, I started writing my blog post and it turned into a three-page long addition to a scene in my novel. That’s the way it works, lately: sometimes I’ll get a snippet, two sentences, a little bit of dialogue, to be added to the writing that’s already done. Ah, I’ll think, walking along the […]

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The Neuroscience of a Paper Bag Day

Yesterday I had what I call a “paper bag day.” This is the experience of entering the world and interacting with other humans while feeling like you’d like to slip a paper bag over your head. Hide; withdraw; return to introversion. Over the years I’ve realized that I have these days more often when I’m […]

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