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Training a Dragon, Contemplating Death, and Other Pastimes


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  This month I've enjoyed an interesting experiment while teaching myself to dictate my books.  It's not as easy as it might seem, because you have to include the dictation. That was almost a deal-killer for me, but after a while I got the hang of it. You see, I usually think the punctuation as I write, … Continue Reading ››

What mark will you leave?


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In the Schoolroom of Life


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Learning to accept your limits is in my opinion one of the hardest things to do. I've fought long and hard to be able to gauge the time it will take to complete a book, God willing. It hasn't been easy, but I finally nailed it. But then, I switched to diction for my first drafts, … Continue Reading ››

When dreams don’t make sense


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Embarking on a road trip provides lots of opportunities for dreamers to do what they do best, as I learned on a recent family trip to the Columbia Gorge. I was to learn something important about my favorite past time in this trip. View of the Columbia River … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Covered Wagon Women


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In Covered Wagon Women, Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1840-1849, voices speak from beyond the grave, relaying the stories of women who traveled westward into the vast American wilderness through original diaries and letters. The simple faith of pioneer women unmatched in their devotion to their families, resourcefulness, and for sheer gumption, is touching … Continue Reading ››

San Juan Islands, Perfect Setting for Intrigue

No island archipelago worth its salt would be without its mists, and the San Juan Islands, tucked into a remote corner of the Pacific Northwest, are no exception. Location names like Smuggler’s Bay and Dead Man’s Bay give away the nefarious activity, spawned by isolation, once hidden under nature's concealing cloak. Following the Pig War, an … Continue Reading ››

The Medieval Oath of Fealty


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Kai, the hero of DawnSinger, Tales of Faeraven, book one, must choose whether to surrender himself in service to the high ruler of Faeraven or reign in his own kingdom after his older brother goes missing and is presumed dead. Making this a gut-wrenching decision is the fact that Kai grew up at … Continue Reading ››

Let’s Play Make Believe


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We're Using Our Imaginations

My favorite childhood game was one of the imagination. I loved playing make believe. Maybe that's why creating the book extras area of the website is so fun for me. It's extra nice to know you love Fantasy Worlds, Historical Worlds, and Mysterious Worlds, too.
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Adding magic to life


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Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic. – Arthur C. Clarke
I don't consider myself technically advanced, but I can find my way around most problems that crop up at my website. Often, my solution is to simplify, as I did recently when I the password requirement to access the book extras features at … Continue Reading ››

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