Misadventures in Editing: Character Profiling

Ever wondered what a writer goes through when editing a work-in-progress?  Here’s your chance to find out. Take a look at some of the conversations I’ve had with my characters while editing my current novel. If you’ve ever had something like this happen to you, please tell me in the comments. Inspired by a writing exercise I stumbled on in…

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Dear Ellen: No chickens, real or imagined, were harmed.

Sometimes I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, On Sunday morning, my husband and I took the kids to church. I had the three-year-old with me.  It was my husband’s turn to watch over the two-year-old A.K.A. Cujo. As I approached the entrance to the church, my son started freaking out. “No!…

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Dear Ellen: Are there elephants in the Bible?

I write letters to Ellen DeGeneres. No particular reason. Just because I can. Dear Ellen, A couple of weeks ago, I started saying bedtime prayers to my toddlers.  After the prayer is over, I say, “Amen,” because, well….that’s what you’re supposed to do at the conclusion of a prayer…I think.  I’m actually not sure, I’m just repeating what the pastor…

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Gifts For Writers, 2015

IT IS THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN. THAT GLORIOUSLY PINE-SCENTED, SANTA-FROTHED, BUTTER-LUBED CAPITALIST COOKIE DOUGH ORGY KNOWN AS “THE HOLIDAYS.” (Yes, that’s right. I didn’t call it “Christmas.” The war is real, folks. The war is real.) (Besides, Santa is for everyone. He is an Old Elf. He’s not some Young Hipster Elf like that… http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/12/06/gifts-for-writers-2015/