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Eight days into NaNoWriMo, and I’m okay, folks!

In the words of a famous fable: Slow and steady wins the race. If that’s true, then call me the Tortoise of NaNoWriMo. Through the use of my mathematical genius, I calculated that I need to write 1670 words a day to reach just over the 50K marker for the National Novel Writing Month’s finish …

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I smell like two people! Or, how I write sex scenes.

Relax, all you authors and writers of erotica; your jobs are safe. Nobody will accuse me anytime soon of trying to steal your thunder. Not by a long shot. This week I confessed to my publisher that no matter what genre I try to write in, everything comes out silly. I said, "I think my …

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Beyond the cupcake.

Because I hadn’t planned to get published originally, I wrote without limits or expecting anyone to read it. So, I went down a few roads that I wanted to explore: Discrimination against LGBTQIA people by para-religious organisations. Truly gracious spirituality versus religiosity. Gender fluidity and changing preconceived gender roles. Diversity in sexuality. Dealing with disability. Cyber affairs. Chasing fantasy to the exclusion of those who truly love you.

The boingy-haired nuisance who’s Noola Quirk.

She likes thrift stores, glitter, bold colours (mostly pink), and her hair looks like a giant follicular umbrella. She's annoyingly cheerful, probably the worst roller blader in galactic history, but her tenacity is unbreakable. She's an expressive extrovert. She's fighting a mobility disability. She's Virj's sidekick. She's Noola Quirk. I had no idea I'd invent …

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The ‘everyman’ who’s Virj Ofreesin.

He's short, pudgy, and has a snout like a green megaphone, or so his cousin Trance says. Virj Ofreesin (yes, it is pronounced like verge of reason) is the protagonist of my first book of the Life in the 'Cosm series. Virj and I have known each other since he started out as a doodle for me …

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Fun ‘Cosm Fact: a sentient houseplant and homemaker

I've loved plants all my adult life. I even have a young tree outside who makes me feel like a tree-mom. While I believe plants do have a self-awareness, I take this way to the next level in my book. Sonny takes care of Virj the way we would take care of our plants. He …

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Fun ‘Cosm Fact: I was a tech writer, too!

Fun 'Cosm Fact: Like Virj, I was a technical writer, but for over twenty years. It wasn't my passion but I learned so much, especially after attending what I fondly called Editing Bootcamp. I worked under several strong editors during my career, and I even co-wrote a style guide for a high-tech company. My whacky …

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Fun ‘Cosm Fact: Um, why all the dessert?

So, when I was drafting Life in the 'Cosm, I was about six chapters in and realised I'd mentioned dessert way too often. Then I paused and thought, Hm, I wonder if I can mention dessert, even in passing, in every chapter? I haven't double checked, but I think it's darned close. Anyone who knows me equates me …

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