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Submission Fees

When I was submitting stories back in the early internet days, I remember payment was scarce. For paying markets you generally needed to submit the old fashioned way by postal mail. Gradually, online paying markets started to emerge. It was … Continue reading

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Writing Against the Clock

Procrastination is a problem for a lot of people. For those writing it’s death. I know a few writers (or beginning writers from years ago) who have tried to force themselves to work on a deadline. Some join creative writing … Continue reading

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Humble and Hungry

It was a tough loss tonight for my Toronto Raptors. Coming off a huge win streak they met Dallas and couldn’t do enough to win. Their star DeMar DeRozan had a horrible night getting completely shut out. Then, to make … Continue reading

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Dead Stories

Doing some routine organizing the past few days, I noticed a bunch of stories which I barely recall writing. They are half-finished, some are just getting started, some are aimless. They do exist though, with words and thoughts all decorative … Continue reading

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Awake World vs Dream World

As a kid I used to pretend there were two different worlds that existed: the Awake World and the Dream World. I thought that if you stayed awake too long–maybe at a sleepover, eating too much candy–that the Awake World … Continue reading

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Time to Get Serious

Every now and then you need to slap yourself in the face. I mean really do it, until your face turns just a bit pink. If you draw blood, you’ve gone too far. Even though I’ve been writing like mad … Continue reading

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“Perfect Arm” in The Colored Lens

A new story of mine, “Perfect Arm,” is now available on Amazon in the Autumn 2014 issue of The Colored Lens. You can check it out here. It just went up so I haven’t had a chance to read it … Continue reading

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It Is about the Money

I follow a Twitter account that posts quotes from writers every day. Often I see something like, If you’re in it for the money, you’re in the wrong business. Or, don’t be in it for the money. Or, you shouldn’t be doing this … Continue reading

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Description — Too Much or Too Little?

The amount of description used varies from story to story, from author to author. To an extent it’s a matter of preference for the reader. Some readers may prefer writing packed with description, others may prefer bare bones. I’ve always … Continue reading

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Submission Tracking

I’ve always lacked organizational skills for as long as I can recall. Despite being a decent student when I was a kid, report cards would always come back with a comment about saying something like, “Robert would be helped by … Continue reading

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