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How Angels Work!

Growing up, my child's imagination was often stoked to red hot, with pictures of religious icons, like those of the martyred saints on holy cards and splashed across the stained glass windows of our church. But perhaps the most alluring to me were the...

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What Is It About Vampires Anyway?

As a writer, I don't hold myself out as an expert on anything that touches on the motivations or actions of others. That lofty position is better filled by men like Mark Twain, who seemed to have laser vision when it came to discerning motives. The first...

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"Mole Town" A Very, Very Short Tale

They weren't always blind as bats flitting through a summer twilight. In fact, most had perfect vision, perfect hearing, excellent olfactory abilities and mostly, really perfect lives. Their lives were separated into two kinds of days; really good days...

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The Peculiar Reality of Fantasy

This coming June 17th, I'm going to be a presenter, a fancy word for talking, from 12:00 to 1:00, at the upcoming "Indy PopCon", being held at the Indianapolis Convention Center. This opportunity is an unexpected honor, but one that comes with some trepidation...

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What Dogs Know About Us

Let's get one thing straight from the beginning; no one owns a dog. The human component of the equation, dog plus man, has merely provided the domicile and physical needs to his canine companion. This, in and of itself, does not make you an owner of another...

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Making Magic In My Willow Room

It isn't an easy confession to make. I'm hoping that it will help others deal with the scary stuff that creeps around the corners of life, waiting to snag us in a web of fear. When I was very young, my ability to detect every hiding place, every conceivably...

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Finding A Voice In All The Chaos

No writer wants to feel like their words have dried up inside their head. It's just as frustrating to search for a good idea that can become the genesis of a great story. Writing, after all, is not just a job, but rather it's a calling. Like any vocation,...

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When Writing Becomes Work

When Writing Becomes Work

From time to time, folks will ask me about being a writer and it's amazing how many have used phrases like, "sounds like fun" and "enjoyable pass-time" and the predictable "I've always wanted to do that.." I have a hard and fast truth to share with these...

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The Mystic Behind the Macabre

There are few things more popular in the multiplex world of entertainment, than the experience of being scared witless! (For those less profane oriented, note how I cleaned that expression up a bit for you! We writers are quite talented that way...) It...

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Thinking Like A Wizard

The heroine of my book series, "Witch of Appalachia" is Cathleen O'Brien. Shes attractive, but not distractingly so; she very bright, but not a true nerd who thinks plaid is a color; she's very rich, but not a Paris Hilton wanna be. I'd call her well-rounded...

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