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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.  This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “A Freeing and a Clutch”

These new lines from the very first, very rough draft of my historical novel-in-progress are told from the point of view of Gamble, my modern protagonist. For more info on what I’m writing, check out my Work in Progress page, … Continue reading

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New scene–with coffee!–from my historical novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. Here’s a sneak peak at a scene from the VERY rough, very first draft of my historical novel-in-progress. Just to whet your history whistle on a Wednesday morning. The scene came about because of the very unusual hot … Continue reading

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New column: “Winter Storm Diego meant cold weather, warm hearts”

Hi, all! My newest newspaper column is up, and it’s all about how my small community in the mountains of Western North Carolina came together during Winter Storm Diego. To read, click here. Want to stock your Kindles and e-readers … Continue reading

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New column: “How to say goodbye to a house you love”

Hi, all! My newspaper column this week is up, and it’s about saying goodbye to the places we love. I hope y’all enjoy it! To read, click here.

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New column: “Here’s to the dads who taught me to waterski”

I am woefully behind on posting my newspaper columns. I blame the summer, that mercurial minx. This one is about childhood, learning to waterski, and the dads who taught me how. With a belated Happy Father’s Day to all the … Continue reading

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New column: “Why do the children get left behind?”

Why so little funding for childhood cancer cures? Last week, the first of one of two columns I wrote about pediatric brain cancer, and my dear friends’ journey with it, was published. This week, the second column  was published. While … Continue reading

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New column: “Tales from a failed gardener”

Holy the-days-are-getting-away-from-me, Batman! I completely forgot to post last week’s newspaper column. Which is all about plants, and gardening, and failing at it. To read click here. I hope y’all enjoy it! Once the new one is published (i.e. this … Continue reading

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New column: “Beloved veterinarian catered to pets — and their people”

Hi, folks. My newspaper column today is about my beloved family veterinarian, who passed away in February. It’s also about pets, kindness, and being a last chance guy. To read, click here.

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TWO spaces left at the Tinderbox Writers Retreat, March 15 – 19 on Sullivan’s Island

                                    I’m thrilled to be part of the Tinderbox Writers Retreat, March 15 – 19 on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Thrilled to teach, … Continue reading

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