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This Is My Stop

My husband and I took the U Bahn out of Vienna to a friend's home in the suburbs. Figuring out transportation abroad can be a tricky puzzle. Careful observation of locals' behavior and familiar hints like a word that starts with "halt" helped us figure out that this button was ...
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Melanie Martilla: The Writing Excuses Baltic Cruise, part 1

Melanie and I began in different places, but after our different planes landed in Hamburg, we were pretty much waiting the same lines, riding the same busses, and for sure in the same boat. Her experiences will give you a clear idea of what I was up to in the ...
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P.S. Newman: The WXR Tribe – How Introverted Writers Turned Into Social Butterflies

It will be a little while before I can process my own bloggerish thoughts, feelings, and ah-ha moments from the Writing Excuses Retreat (WXR). Technically speaking, it was only 18 days of my life, but it encompassed Cruise, Castle Tour, and Cronies Take Worldcon adventures, any one of which might inspire dozens...hundreds? ...
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Final Narration Techniques

The last bit of The Body in The Bathtub is happening this week and I'm also recording industrial training narration. The corporate narration is great because the clips are short and I get feedback immediately. I still get to practice all of the tips I've written about before here, and ...
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Competence Strikes Again!

One year ago I wrote the following content. Now that I have a bona-fide website and blog, I am revising and sharing it here. I am feeling a little competent about something and want to share: For each character I "voice" (meaning I change my voice slightly in some way to ...
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Santa Barbara Writers Conference Outcomes

Some people go to conferences to study specific topics, focus on particular things. The 2017 SBWC didn't hold any targeted interest for me. I don't have a manuscript to pitch, a Work In Progress (WIP) Novel to workshop, or even something I think I'm terrible at that needs rectifying. All I ...
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Practicing (ONLY) Six Techniques

Recording for The Body in The Bathtub is well underway. With each book I record, I sincerely try to get better at the process. Farther away from mediocre. More on that later. As I've written, before I started this latest book, I asked for some coaching from Kathy Garver. From her ...
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FILE NOT FOUND (Oh, FFS!)

My last post was too long ago, and in it, I bemoaned broken hardware. But my Ortho Surgeon friend fixed my microphone, and I was back at recording two weeks ago, not knowing more troubles were on the horizon. While I was away at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference I ...
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All dressed down in my recording duds…

And nowhere to go tonight, because: 1. My hardware is broken. This screw that holds the thingie that holds my shock mount that holds my mic is busticated. Unclear how that happened. I *JUST* adjusted it, for the first time in...over a year...on Sunday. Hmmmm. When I got into the studio ...
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Tenacious Accountabillibuddies Build Empires

Say This Three Times Fast: “Tenacious Accountabillibuddies Build Empires!” by Silver Webb They say, “do what you love and the money will follow.” Well, some people say that. My mother says, “You should get a job at the bank and work your way up to manager.” I am here to ...
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