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Day 59 of Gratitude – Back to writing

Today I executed an evil man and did it slowly, relishing every moment of his terror. Today, I met an important person disguised as a bum caught in the freezing weather. Today, I discovered that dreams of belonging somewhere and … Continue reading

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Day 17 of Gratitude – 1751 words

I am still sick. Sick enough that it’s hard to concentrate but not so sick that I am unconscious. It makes me antsy in my grogginess to know that hours and days are slipping by without my usual contributions to … Continue reading

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The Buzz

I‘m long overdue for a reworking of the blog portion of this website.  After over a year of experimentation, I have concluded that people are more interested in the status of my latest books and my reviews of other novels, … Continue reading

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Writing 101: World Building

Having wrapped up the final edits to my novel Foreseen and taken a break for a couple of weeks, I find myself itching to get back to work – and in particular to work on an entirely different novel.  Sarandipity … Continue reading

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Is Editing Fun?

A friend asked me the other day which I prefer, writing or editing.  I was surprised by the question, because most people think of editing as a harsh, burdensome process, envisioning a tight-lipped, hair-in-a-bun schoolmarm with a red pencil tortuously grading fifth-grade … Continue reading

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Breaking Out of the Box

I don’t like boxes.  They are a necessary part of intelligence and experiential learning – the ability to categorize objects, people, and ideas into groups that allow us to predict their actions and characteristics. It is how we know that … Continue reading

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Update: Terri-Lynne Smiles’ Novel, Foreseen

I haven’t said much lately about the status of my novel, Foreseen, other than it will be available in a couple months.  I’ve been waiting for what is, hopefully, the last round of edits.  Waiting is hard.  Even harder is … Continue reading

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My Support Group

“Hello, my name is Terri. And I’m a writer.” “Hi, Terri.” Oh wait. It wasn’t that kind of support group I wanted to talk about tonight. To be honest, I couldn’t think of anything to blog about tonight – because … Continue reading

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A Master at Work

Recently, people have mentioned their dissatisfaction with the endings of any number of novels they’ve read – books that were well paced with compelling characters and settings and premises.  Good plots – until the end.  Just as the reader is … Continue reading

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Being normal?

I am on hold.  Waiting.  John is editing one of my novels, and for a change, I am waiting patiently.  And not writing.  I am … trying to be a normal person. This is longest I have gone without writing ANY … Continue reading

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