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It Takes a Village

It’s true what they say: It takes a village to raise a manuscript. Okay, no one actually says that, but it’s true nonetheless. Over the last year, I have poured countless hours (and cups of coffee) into Capacity, the first installment of my dystopian trilogy. It’s my baby, and I try my darndest to take good […]

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What Is a Beta Reader?

You guys! You may not believe me, but I have some pretty big news: I recently wrote the last sentence in my novel, Capacity. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve spent an entire year squeaking this story out, squeezing it into the early hours of my mornings or holding office hours at a local […]

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Fed by Feedback

Lemon trees bared fruit beneath the bluish fluorescent lights of the underground garden.  A large tank held tiny, graceful lives and the black Himalayan liked to snatch them.  Now Bailey, the one-year-old cat, sauntered through the basement and clawed the cushion of the only open chair.  Her black hair stretched outward, like a porcupine whose […]

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God-Sized Dreams Team

Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’  So God created mankind in his own […]

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Step by Step, Inch by Inch…Slowly I Turn Around

Like any other person at the turn of 2013, I found myself brushing off the short-comings of the past 52 weeks and resolving to grow stronger in the upcoming ones.  And, like any writer, every “resolution” I created consisted of new steps toward a more stable and established career.  Personally, I prefer the term “business […]

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Why I Write

“Dear Mom,” began my unskilled second-grade handwriting, “I had to write this because I didn’t know how to say it.” I looked at the penmanship, so familiar and yet so foreign, as it blared the reality of my life. At the time, it unleashed my childish fears and feelings. Now, as I read it again, […]

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What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

When we were children, everyone told us we could do anything we set our minds to.  The sky was the limit, they said.  When asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, our answers could be as outlandish or impossible as the outskirts of our imagination, and we would simply receive a […]

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