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Sex, Art, & Film

As I was saying last week, I’ve learned that for reading from your work at an open mike, it’s important to put yourself out there.  So last Wednesday, at the Magnet event in the Castro, I stepped to the mike and … Continue reading

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Smack Dab

Last Wednesday night, on a night so unseasonably warm that I drank a cold lemonade at an outside café beforehand, I took a turn reading aloud from my work at Smack Dab, the open mike hosted by the inimitable Larry-bob Roberts … Continue reading

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The Card-Sharper With The Gift Certificate

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite details from “You Are Here,” and I can’t think of a better way to start than the novel’s beginning, where the hero, Peter Bankston, who works the register at … Continue reading

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My First Event

I just wanted to extend a warm thank-you to everyone who stopped by my ironing board at the Temescal Art Hop last Friday night.  (I got word from my husband that the lead actor from “Entourage” was there, but I never saw … Continue reading

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Meet Miles Bettencourt

Although I wrote the first draft of You Are Here in the late 1990s, I didn’t really kick my writing into full gear until 2008-2009, the novel’s final time setting.  As any good gay marriage historian knows, 2008 is the … Continue reading

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Meet Peter Bankston

One of the strategies I employed while revising You Are Here was to read the entire book aloud to myself.  (I didn’t do this for The Love Thing, and I regret it.)  If anything sounded unnatural to my ears, I … Continue reading

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Sydney Carton, The Beginning

While I wait to hear from the publisher about my own book, I now have time to give a shout-out to my friend and fellow indie author Eileen Granfors, whose novel, Sydney’s Story, has been published in paperback this past week.  Over … Continue reading

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Surprised By Joy

Last Friday I went to my neighbor Clive Matson’s house for his monthly Poetry Saloon.  (I’ve written about Clive before; he’s a poet and creative writing teacher whose website is here.)  In past months I’d gone with samples from “You … Continue reading

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100-Day Novel Writing Challenge: Lessons Learned

In the end, there wasn’t much suspense:  the 100th day of my 100-day novel writing challenge came and went on April 25, even though I managed to finish the project on April 15 — on day 90.  I want to thank … Continue reading

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Day 90: The Job Is Done

It’s a holy mess and I don’t remember half of what I’ve written.  But it’s a 102,000 words long, it has characters I love, and most of all, it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  I am very happy … Continue reading

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