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I Took A Year Off Writing Novels.

(Here’s what I did instead.) Last November I decided to take a year off from writing novels. A Real Somebody was ready for querying, and I thought the manuscript was in great shape, but I’d thought that about my last two manuscripts, and they did not find homes.  Was this life’s way of telling me I should just move on? If so, I was willing. But I’d been writing novels every weekday morning since 2006! What was I supposed to… Read More »I Took A Year Off Writing Novels.

Significant Incident #3: The Coop*

*Being a satirical (and possibly completely made up) story of events occurring in a rapidly-growing mountain town during the unprecedented year of 2022. ** Honey, is that you? Mom? What are you doing? I told you not to call me at work. I know. But I’m a customer today. A member. Want me to give you my membership number? M-o-m. It’s not like I don’t know our membership number. So, you’re at the customer service desk today? Yes. Alright then.… Read More »Significant Incident #3: The Coop*

Significant Incident Report #1: The Basket*

*Being a satirical recounting of (at least partially) true events occurring in a rapidly-growing mountain town during the unprecedented year of 2022. Around here we call this kind of basket a Kootenay carry-on. Yeah, it does fit everything, and I mean everything. If you need it, I probably have it in here. A lot of locals have them. I want to talk to you about what happened this morning. I was walking down the hill from our house to the… Read More »Significant Incident Report #1: The Basket*