Ignoring Writing Advice

Constance/ March 14, 2019/ Essay, Writing

Ignoring Writing Advice I’ve never been much for following the rules. Which may or may not be why it takes me a year or more to write a novel. There is so much advice out there on how to get started, how to write, how to edit, etc. that is sometimes contradictory. I’ve sifted through the Internet, bought books, and

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An Indulgent Rant on Why I Hate the Internet

Constance/ February 22, 2019/ Essay

AKA, Woman Shakes Fist at Cloud As I get older I notice I have less and less inclination to spend time on the Internet. I’ve reduced my time to using it as a research tool and research starting spot, a place to buy books and other things I can’t get in my hometown, and as a source of news I

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Reading, an Opinionated Overview

Constance/ January 11, 2019/ Essay

I remember the first book I took out of the not picture books side of the library. Not the title, but the fact it was a real book with more words than pictures. It was about a dog. When I held it in my hand, I was awed at the idea of whole different worlds were now available to me.

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Gyroscope Review – 2018 Year End Anthology

Constance/ December 16, 2018/ Gyroscope Review, Publications

Presenting . . .  Groundhogs, Crones, & Other Poems. Gyroscope Review’s 2018 Year End Anthology is now available on Amazon! All 4 issues from 2018 in one convenient book. 374 pages of Poetic Goodness, just for you. Let us know what you think – Leave a review on Amazon. Have a great Holiday Season!

Insulated Writing

Constance/ November 10, 2018/ Essay, Writing

There is another side to being a writer that seldom gets talked about. Writing as a form of insulation. Mass shootings, government in a death spiral, racism run amok. All these things make keeping a clear head for writing your novel difficult, even when you attempt to avoid the news, as I do. But the churning is insipid, creeping in

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A Mental Mugging

Constance/ October 14, 2018/ Essay

I had the occasion to be in several waiting rooms the past week and found the same annoyance in all of them. Blaring televisions, usually spouting a certain unintelligent ‘news’ station. It’s damn aggravating. And people are just riveted, staring at the black box on the wall, drool dripping down their chin. Well, I may have exaggerated the last part,

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This is Your Brain on Writing

Constance/ September 17, 2018/ Essay, Writing

As you may have noticed, I’m still pretty much Missing in Action on the Internet/Website/Blog. Still writing on the newest fantasy novel. With two weeks vacation at home, I managed to boost my word count to 80,000. The end is in sight. And I think I know how to get there. One thing I learned, that surprised me, was to

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Writing Torrent

Constance/ September 3, 2018/ Writing

Well, I’ve been gone a while I see. But it was for a good reason. I’ve been writing. No poems this time, I had an idea for a new novel so I dove right in and had my own personal NaNoWriMo. Except this one took 6 weeks for 50,000 words. Yeah, hard for me to believe, too. I’ve been averaging

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New Poem in Rappahannock Review

Constance/ August 26, 2018/ Publications

Issue 5.3 Rappahannock Review I have a new poem, The Greater She-Bear, up in the latest issue of Rappahannock Review. Check it out Here and read the other great poems and stories in the issue. For fun, there is an interview with me in the same issue, Here, where I answer the great questions the Rappahannock Review staff threw at

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