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A minor hiccup… back to reality.

The problem with chronic health issues and anxiety is you never know what the next 24 hours holds in store. On Sunday night, I woke at about 3.30am. My feet (left leg), lips and fingers were tingly. Not always a good sign. My pulse felt like it was fluttering. Nausea swept over me. I panicked.…

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Behind the Scenes Video Patreon Reward is Coming…

Adding a last minute note (in one of my fave tshirts) to my Patreon supporters’ Behind the Scenes’ video rewards. [#imagedescription: Karen is wearing purple ear buds. She is smiling at the camera and pointing to her purple tshirt with gold text: Murder she wrought.] #amWriting #writersLife #video. #BehindTheScenes #patreon #patreonReward #sneakPeeks #exclusives #purple #redbubbleTshirt…

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The Little Things: Looking for one word.

A riveting plot is great, but it’s the characters that really make (or break) a story – their loves, their troubles, their journey make them complicated, interesting or (hopefully) lovable. There are many wasy to create characters. Some writers compile a list of traits, likes, dislikes, quirks, even eye colour.¬† Others consult the I-Ching or…

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Patreon Update

I’ve just shared a blog post preview with my patrons. https://www.patreon.com/KarenJCarlisle

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Breaking the Curse

It has been a rough month. The black dog has been biting at my heels. Anxiety has cursed me with migraines. There have been a few highlights, including my talk for Critical Mass but, I must admit, the writing has been sporadic – at best. I can’t blame writer’s block; I am transcribing the handwritten…

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Researching the Bottom of an Iceberg

Earnest Hemmingway had a theory. He called it the Iceberg Theory: Writing is like an iceberg: the reader only reads the tip of the story’s background. Most of the work, maybe 90% of the iceberg, is hidden. This ballast consists of story research, character history, plot background and is the writer’s (and characters’) secret world.…

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Of Curiosities, Updates and Blurbs

Chapters 11-15 are transcribed, with many edits and rewrites. 23171 words in ten days! Who’d have thunk it? It is a strange thing to read a first draft (scribbled in November’s NaNoWri, last year) and think did I write that?¬†Gosh, so many adjectives dropped and repeats excised. I know I said I was going to…

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The Law of Murphy

Most of you have probably heard of Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Over the years I have had more than just a passing acquaintance with dear, unrelenting, Murphy. Honestly, I wish he would stop hanging around and buggering things up. Hasn’t he got any where else to be? He has…

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NaNoWriMo Wrapup

April Camp NaNoWriMo is coming to an end. My goal for this adventure was to complete as least 15000 words of Doctor Jack (30-35K words). Camp is useful that way – I can write new stories, revise, edit – whatever. But how to record the rewrites? The official camp information quotes one hour of rewrites…

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