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NaNoWriMo -> AnNoWriMo


NaNoWriMo is officially over. Congratulations to all those who completed 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days! I cannot include myself among them. To date I’ve managed about 15,000 words for the first draft of Vamp. Many surprises (not … Continue reading

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VAMP: 6 The New Hire


Zaira just makes the 7:25 a.m. commuter train at the Salem station. She’d arrived home from New York only hours earlier to find Sandor at the computer in the library, engrossed in the details of Python. The lad needed a … Continue reading

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VAMP: 5 Structuring the Deal


“Promise me you will drink some of Cousin Ambrus’ bottles while I’m away? Don’t worry that it’s the last case, he’s promised to send more.” Zaira looks across her living room at Sandor, who is scrunched into her elegant red … Continue reading

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VAMP: 4 Sandor’s Arrival


Sam stands impatiently at the fax machine, waiting for the last page to come through. She’s already scanned the first page and it looks compelling, Dean is savvy and he’s probably going to accept it. But these investors want thirty … Continue reading

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VAMP: 3 Family Ties


Joska manages a bow and he and Zaira exchange a brief greeting in the ancient tongue. “Come in at once, cousin!” she tells him, switching back to English, her adopted language of the past century and a half. Joska staggers … Continue reading

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VAMP: 2 Reconstituted Red Mimosas


Zaira Farago pushes open the French doors of her spacious bedroom and walks onto the expansive balcony perched high above the cold dark waters that pound the rocks of the New England coastline below. The November wind is blowing from … Continue reading

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VAMP: 1 Roast Beef, Rare


“I think we’re ready for lunch now.” Sam glances up from her computer at the forty-something man she now calls her boss as of two weeks ago. He is an easy study: driven, self-absorbed, humorous only towards a purpose, but … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo – Okay!


This is National Novel Writing Month, a free-for-all invitation for all and any writers (that includes you, people!)  to write a complete novel in the thirty days of November. It must be 50,000 words in length (at least) to qualify as … Continue reading

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Stories: Up, Down and Sideways


When seeking advice on the craft of writing a story, whether screenplay, novel or other form, most experts will tell you that you must write the back story of your characters. These back stories are pages of descriptive narrative, detailing … Continue reading

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Freewheeling Expression


Do printed dictionaries still matter? I doubt most people use them much nowadays to check spellings — spellcheckers are nearly ubiquitous in word-processing software of all types. There are also myriad sources for usage examples, including many online resources that … Continue reading

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