Posts Tagged ‘behind the scenes’

Creative Storm

A few friends and I have been tucked away for a week in a cottage on the East Coast. As Sandy drew near, we hunkered down, charged our electronics, stocked up on canned food, ice and candles. We were ready for at least 24 hours without electricity. Surprisingly, Sandy just practically whispered by us. We got some wind and a
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How to Make Me a Little Crazy and Quite Happy:

Invite me to your school for two days. Have me speak for 6 periods straight each day on pretty much the same topics (being an author, editing, story arc, etc). By the end, I may not know what I’ve said to whom or quite how to speak a grammatically correct sentence…but I will have had fun. Yup, that’s what I
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Are You Pursuing Your Dreams?

“It’s never too late to pursue your dreams.” – Bogie Slabogen I love pursuing my dreams. Well, let’s modify that. I love dreaming of all that I could do. Actually pursuing those dreams can be downright terrifying! I mean, you have to submit your dreams to the scrutiny of others, you have to take risks, step into the total unknown, and heaven
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What’s in a Dream?

Have you ever woken up from a dream and known it was something special? Something different than your other average dreams? You may not have been able to put your finger on what made it different…but you just knew it meant something. I have had dreams like that. A lot actually. I think I was in high school the first
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Who Says You Can’t Have a Theme Song for a Book Series?

I like music. I love to sing and I play various instruments…to varying degrees of proficiency. As a result, whether one of my characters is singing a song, listening to their favorite music or describing music they’re hearing in a certain scene, music has a tendency to creep into my books. So why not make use of it and branch
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What Got Taken Out? – Behind the Scenes of 2108 (Part III)

Warning: Slight Spoiler. If you want to know NOTHING of the first four chapters, skip the two indented paragraphs below. You can come back and read them after you’ve read the book! The editing process is one of my least favorite parts of writing. At times, it can be tedious and painful. Sometimes I have to scrap entire scenes I
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The Weird and Unbelievable. How Do You Research the Future? – Behind the Scenes of 2108 (Part II)

How do you research for writing about the future? Good question! One reason I wanted to write about the future was so I could make up all sorts of fun technologies. I also thought I wouldn’t have to worry about being so accurate in the creation of my “world.” Well, I soon learned there are ways to research and be
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How to Make Up a Character the Easy Way – Behind the Scenes of 2108 (Part I)

With just over a month away from the big reveal of 2108: Eyes Open, I thought I’d write a “Behind the Scenes” series of blogs leading up to the launch. First off, if you haven’t scoped out the basic book info, check it out here.  When thinking up a character, I often do the following: Mix together bits of different
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