Tag: fiction

Do You Need a Writing Coach?

I’ve been talking a lot about what I’m doing as far as crochet is concerned, but let’s not forget that I’m also a writer. There are some things going on with that, too. For starters: As prevalent as written communication is with emails and blogs and social media, people still get anxious over writing. They […]

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My Writing Process

A couple days ago, I told you a bit about my editing process, so now I guess I should tell you about my writing process. This is a more difficult post to write because the process is more involved. I’m going to try to summarize it, though. I tend to go through five steps, though […]

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My Editing Process

When you think about editing, I’m sure you imagine the proverbial red pen, bleeding all over the page. Right? Although the red pen still, undoubtedly, has its place, things have changed quite a bit. I would say 99% of my editing is done on the computer. I use a PC, so I use Microsoft Word. […]

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Am I Published?

If you’ve been on this blog any at all, you know the answer to this. The short answer: Yes. The long answer: Yes, and I have 10 books (including 2 novels and a book of poems), 3 short ebooks, and 3 short stories available under Jen Nipps (nonfiction) and Kat O’Reilly (fiction). I have another […]

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Introducing Book Spotlights

In a recent post (A Few Items of Interest), I mentioned that Amazon was merging CreateSpace and KDP. I didn’t know a time frame, but I knew it was happening soon. It’s happened. I talked about having re-release/launch dates and events as I converted my books from CreateSpace to KDP. Let’s just say that the […]

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More News & List of Books

I have another update for you if you’re keeping up with the status of RealmWalker: New Beginnings. I got an email from the editor requesting the full manuscript. I had the full finished when I sent her the first three chapters a couple weeks ago, so I sent that to her today. Here is part […]

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Creativity in the Heart of the Ozarks

If home is where the heart is, then mine is split between where I live and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I first started going to Eureka Springs in 2000, the first time I went to the Ozark Creative Writers’ conference. That was also the first time I ever heard about the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. […]

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Get Busy Already!

The procrastination game has been strong today. I have indulged in it instead of fighting it and getting things done. On one hand, that’s not a problem unless it becomes a habit. On the other hand, it’s a consistent habit and I need to break it. I did pretty good with things on the writing […]

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WIP Exerpt

When I’m occupied with thinking about current projects, sometimes it’s hard to come up with a blog post. So today, I’m cheating. Here’s the opening of my NaNo novel. (I’m currently calling it Eureka Steam, but that will likely change.) —– Shelly Parks reapplied her maroon lipstick and studied her reflection in the restroom mirror. […]

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