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Never Say Never

The universe loves to play practical jokes on me. At least I know it’s listening! Example 1: All through university, while I was studying the hard sciences of biology, chemistry and physics, I would make comments like “Communications? Who would ever get a degree in communications? That’s not a real subject.” What am I doing
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A touch of darkness

A touch of darkness

Blogging again? I know. Two years and now bam! You can tell I’m twiddling my thumbs while querying and completely unable to work on my next manuscript because my whole future is in limbo…but that’s another issue. One useful thing I’ve done is a survey all of the story ideas and half-completed or full draft manuscripts lying
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Best and Worst Movies Remake Blogfest

My blogging routine is still completely out of wack (by about two years thanks to my gorgeous but exhausting 2-year-old boy), so I’m easing back in with one of my favorite activities–blogfests!Best and Worst Movie Remakes is something I could rant about for hours (thanks Alex J Cavanaugh Stephen Tremp, Livia Peterson, and Al Diaz for feeding my addiction), but
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Magic

Two posts in as many days? Unheard of! But I wanted to share the wonderful experience I had while researching agents to query–yes ‘wonderful’ and ‘query’ in the same sentence (I’ve moved on from feeling queasy about it, so it’s a good thing). In my research, I ran across Russell Galen (of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency)
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Monday

Monday

It’s Monday in Australia (sadly we get them before most other countries) and each one seems to last a week, especially since becoming a mum. Today’s week-long Monday was spent in the juror’s waiting room at the courthouse. Even as insanely busy as I am, I’d prepared myself to serve (willing to give up the
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Querying: I think I’m going to be sick!

I’ve missed my blog terribly, but, as I’ve been unable to bend the laws of physics and find more than 24 hours in a day, sacrifices had to be made. My gorgeous little boy is nearly two years old, and based on the way parents’ mouths gape as he zooms back and forth across the length of the park
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Getting on with it

I have three blog drafts sitting around, and, admittedly, some are no more than a great title and a few words, but some are almost done. I look at them and say ‘someday I’ll finish that thought’. I have about thirty unfinished ‘thoughts’ in the form of novel ideas with bits and pieces of research or even
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Happy New Year!

One advantage of living in Australia is we get the New Year nearly a day ahead of my family in North America, so I can get a head start on my New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, I can’t help them out with the lottery numbers as much as they’d like. First resolution? Get back into contact, and
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6 tips for writing with a 3-month-old baby in the room

1. Learn to type (fast) one-handed.I’m doing this now while rocking the baby in his pram. It’s a trick I picked up in hospital when I was on bedrest and forced to lay on my side for two months. Remember, you can use Caps Lock even when only writing the word “I”. Doesn’t work for those pesky quotes though. I can’t
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Forget Plans

I’m a huge planner. I have lists for everything from what to do today, to next week, and next year, not to mention the shopping lists, birthday lists, etc. From the start of my 3rd trimester, though, NOTHING went according to plan. My baby was due May 20th, plenty of time to finish up some
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