Inspiration

My next door neighbor rented a humungous – and very loud – wood chipper to deal with a tree that came down in our high winds a couple of weeks ago.

They started the sucker shortly after 7 AM this morning. At 10 AM they are still going strong. At least it’s pouring out. And cold.

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Dana Mason's Dangerous Embrace

I have to admit it: when I first held Dana Mason’s debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, in my hands I was afraid to open its perfect-for-this-book cover. What if I hated it?

Dana is a good friend, even though we’ve never met in person. Sitting for hours staring at a computer screen and creating another reality out    [Continue reading]

Getting Down to Business

The summer’s half over, and I’m still sitting here with an unfinished draft of Moon Beach Magic. I thought I’d have the first draft finished as a birthday present to myself in May, but once I put the whole thing together I realized that the missing chunks were too big and the draft too drafty.

I’ve    [Continue reading]

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Wow, I just looked in my draft folder and saw this one. I have no idea why I didn’t post it earlier, but better late than never.

I’d like to have this video on auto-play on my laptop or hard-wired into my brain as a reminder to    [Continue reading]