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An Author by Any Other Name…

When I started this blog, as K. P. Hornsby, I had yet to publish fiction and I was working in a research position where I occasionally prepared blogs for an employer. I wasn’t sure at the time how much would I write publicly under my real name and I wanted to keep a firm dividing line between my fiction and non-fiction writing. Since then, however, I’ve had the opportunity to devote my full-time writing efforts to fiction. And, following the successful sales of Out of Time and the advice of my good friends at the Minnows Literary Group, I’ve decided to use my real name instead of my pen name. Continue reading

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Today’s Fun with Research – Locks

Much to my combined surprise and chagrin, I keep finding commercial websites really handy when it comes to quick-and-dirty research for fiction. The academic part of me wants to restrict my efforts to university-based websites, but I keep finding great answers to simple questions by visiting site’s like Schlage’s – and it makes sense, when someone has a product to sell, they’re going to spice up the pitch with some interesting details. So, why read a thesis when all you want is a brief history on metal locks?

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The Perfect Flaw

I’ve been struggling lately (by struggling, I mean ‘realizing I don’t do it, but need to’) with the fact that main characters actually have to grow through the course of their journey. Getting it right is really, really tricky and I’ve been thinking about flawed characters and the way they grow or adapt. (Characters don’t necessarily have to be flawed to show growth, they can start out merely young, naive, or uninformed, but I’ve found that the addition of a real flaw makes for a more interesting story.) Continue reading

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Matt Wallace’s Online Writing Workshop

I’ve blogged about it before, but Matt Wallace‘s online writing workshop “The Loose Cannon” is recruiting. I’ve been an attendee from the start, and while I owe some of my writing improvement to the Minnows Literary Group and the Gotham Writers’ Workshop I also have The Loose Cannon to thank. Besides being worth the time and money as far as Continue reading

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The Madness to the Method

So, it’s been three weeks since I posted a blog here. (Hey, the novella chapters are going up, I have to claim what victories I can!) July has been not only an extremely hot month but also a hectic one and I find myself on this final July Sunday confronting goals I didn’t reach and scrabbling to keep up. Continue reading

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In Praise of Anthologies

Despite having recently had a story accepted at Trust & Treachery, I used to cruise past anthology listings at Duotrope with little more than passing interest. If I happened to have a story that fit a themed anthology, I’d add it to my ever-growing list of potential markets, but often as not, I’d skip past them. Continue reading

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More thoughts on Procrastination

My friend Lara Schiffbauer, over at Motivation for Creation, has been writing about procrastination lately, so it’s been on my mind.  I’ve also been thinking about it because I didn’t meet my summer writing goals and now that September is here I have to decide what to do next.  Set smaller goals?  Establish a rigorous system of penance?  Hire a writing nanny to lecure me on my apparent laziness? Continue reading

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