Category Archives: Personally Speaking

New Release: Stonebearer’s Redemption

[Originally posted at December 7th, 2022] After a year of extra waiting, the third and final book in the Shadow Barrier Trilogy is finally here! Stonebearer’s Redemption picks up Katira’s story a few months after the events of Stonebearer’s … Continue reading

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Pt. 3 Using Personal Experience and Applying What You’ve Learned

This is part three of the “Gut Punch your Audience with Emotion” presentation originally given at Fyrecon 2, June 23rd at Weber State University Davis. Here are handy links to the first two parts: Pt 1 Visceral Experiences and Creating … Continue reading

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A Friendly Reminder – Back Up Your Work!

It’s April Fool’s day, and for many that means playing pranks and fooling around. My April Fool’s came early, and I wish it was a prank. Yesterday, a member of my family (I won’t name names) downloaded a malicious virus … Continue reading

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2014 in review

Ahhh, there’s nothing like the smell of prefabricated blog in the morning.  I’ll consider it my little gift from the WordPress helper monkeys straight to you.  Enjoy! Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Bring Your Writer Friends Joy

‘Tis the season to give and show gratitude, and for those of you with a writer in your life, now is the perfect time to make an extra effort to bring them joy.  Writers and creative people tend to lead … Continue reading

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Problems with being a Pantser

There are two camps when it comes to first drafts, the planner camp and the pantser camp.  Planners have all the details of their story figured out before they start and pantsers start with one or two great ideas and … Continue reading

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Writing Update

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted an update and lots of work has been done since then.  In the last update I had been struggling with making ends meet when I removed a redundant character and replaced him … Continue reading

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Shameless Self Promotion

Today I’m promoting my other blog – Jodi L. Milner, Author.  I’ve been working on it for the past year, posting creative nonfiction, serial fiction, and my quips about life.  Sadly, it hasn’t received hardly any notice and only a … Continue reading

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Another Milestone goes Whizzing By

The helpful people at WordPress sent me a lovely note this week informing me that I’ve been at this whole blogging business for four years now.  Wow, that’s a long time to be beating at the same drum, especially for … Continue reading

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Slow Down, Enjoy the Journey

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.” Ralph Waldo Emerson As a species we tend to rush things, we want what we … Continue reading

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