I Need To…

Newsletter 031 – January 27th, 2023  Hi, In the last newsletter I mentioned that I had plans for several things I intend to accomplish this year. In this one I’m just going to list them chronologically (without much explanation), but over the next few newsletters I’ll detail how I plan to complete those things. So, …

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I Open At The…

Newsletter 028 – December 9th, 2022 Hi, In the title above you might recognize part of a quote from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “I Open at the Close” was engraved on the Golden Snitch. This is about the opening sentences of stories. This quote from Joyce Carol Oates was recently posted in an …

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A Writer’s Work Is Never…

Newsletter 027 – November 25th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I’m already breaking my idea of using a simple newsletter header by showing you the image above. This is a picture of the original cover of my first published novel, The Jagged Man. At the end of this email I have a sample of …

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Under or Over…

Newsletter 026 – November 11th, 2022 Hi, Word Combinations: Actress Rosamund Pike, on the Graham Norton Show, wondered why “You can be underwhelmed, you can be overwhelmed, but you’re never just whelmed.” Writers constantly play with words. Some of the words they discussed on that British show, mostly in a funny sketch by stand-up comic …

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A Round Robin Is A…

Newsletter 025 – October 28th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: I’m going to start using it for the newsletter header. It occurred to me while I was writing the last few newsletters that I was spending more time rooting through old images from my travels than I was writing the newsletter (in order to …

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NaNoWriMo and Audiobooks

Picture of Michael at a NaNoWriMo event

It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo 2022, and I haven’t done much advance preparation for it. I do intend to participate in it this year, as I have every year since 2002. I’ll have to seriously consider being a pantser this year (see Newsletter # 23). It also occurred to me that I haven’t given NaNoWriMo …

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Plotting Without Pants…

Newsletter 023 – September 23, 2022 Hi, About the image: (Above the Desk) I’m wearing a t-shirt, my usual uniform for about ten months of the year (a minimal spring followed by an exceptionally long summer). All the other two months hold is an almost non-existent winter (during which I switch to a long-sleeved t-shirt). …

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My Head Is Full Of…

Newsletter 022 – September 9th, 2022 Hi, About the image above: It’s a picture I took six years ago of the first checkpoint before entering Stiles Unit, the Texas prison where my brother, Steve, is incarcerated. See the Aggravated website if you don’t already know about Steve’s situation. In newsletters 10 through 16, I told …

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