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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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The Joy of Circles!

The most obvious of circles to my mind is Stonehenge, set in the rugged south of England. Even though I've never stood in its shadow, I feel a familiar presence whenever I see a picture of this monument to the heavens. I can almost smell the loamy earth...

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Loving Vampires

Television, movies, books, even one of our favorite holidays, all seem to be enthralled with Vampires. We can't seem to get enough of the blood-drinking, bat-shrieking, sex-loving Vamps! Oh Yeah! They love sex! Vampires, as depicted in the earliest films,...

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Crazy Isn't Half-Bad!

How we face the daily grind of life, can be part personal discipline and part bat-shit crazy! Yeah, I used that naughty word...crazy!... because it best describes a very human reaction to the human experience. Life can be defined by the joys, pains, defeats,...

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