Author: CKCombs

Spring Reads

Spring Reads

This is what I’ve been reading this spring. Most are audio books, which have the additional level of vocal performance to add to the experience of the story woven by the writer. Trail of Lightening (The Sixth World, #1) by Rebecca Roanhorse. This the kind of story that starts out fast and quickly accelerates. You…

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Clive Steps Outside

Clive Steps Outside

I’ve begun a writing project that I intend to use while taking writing classes. It’s a piece I can experiment on, something without a lot riding on it (unlike the Novel In Progress or other work). I got the idea from one of the lectures from Neil Gaiman on MasterClass. He was talking about how…

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Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

This book, more than 5 years in the making, is finally getting out into the world. Around 30 contributors share their personal experiences and journeys in discovering what gender means to them, in defying gender norms and finding a place for themselves outside the gender binary. Contributors have their copies and it will be available…

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What I’ve been doing lately

What I’ve been doing lately

All the usual things have been keeping me busy lately – work, volunteer work, relationships, parenting.. and also some creative and fun things as well. Just today, with the help of my youngest, I finished a stunning and colorful puzzle featuring two sea turtles. I love sea turtles so much that I had some tattooed…

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Jumping into MasterClass

Jumping into MasterClass

or, Giving Myself the Gift of Learning I’d seen the ads many times. The confident face of some master artisan staring out at me, promising to teach me their secrets of the trade. “Explore online classes from the best in the world”. There was Steve Martin teaching comedy and James Patterson teaching novel writing, and…

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Start a Resolution

Start a Resolution

Idea for a resolution, if you do those: If you’ve been a person who often has a platform and is comfortable telling your story, consciously make space for people who don’t have a platform and are nervous/anxious/afraid to tell their story. There’s a lot of power in stories. Grant some of that power to those…

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The Mixed Feelings of Christmas

The Mixed Feelings of Christmas

I know I’m not the only one who approaches the holidays with a mixed feeling of happy anticipation and dread. I’m also probably not the only one who looks forward to cherished traditions and time with loved ones, while also fantasizing about being somewhere far away for the entire month of December. Today is Christmas…

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FINALLY! Nonbinary Anthology is Almost Here

FINALLY! Nonbinary Anthology is Almost Here

(Update: was told by the editors that the publish date might get pushed because of a paper shortage… but definitely this spring.) It’s available on Amazon for pre-order.  Publish date is April 9, 2019.  It’s been nearly 5 years since I first started working on my contribution for this… well, most of that time was…

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Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

Book Review: The Kick-Ass Writer

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, & Earn Your Audience By Chuck Wendig, WritersDigest.com, 2013   This book has been my bathroom companion for many months. The book is broken up into chapters that provide 25 tips about some aspect of writing, publishing and earning an audience. Readers of Wendig’s…

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