Writing: Playing Scales; Practice, Practice, Practice

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    Two novels completed. Not one viable idea for a next book. I find I can’t simply take a break. I am now no longer capable of not writing.  And so, the question arises. What in-between writing can I find this time to keep my hand in, to keep my brain fresh, to operate […]

Writing: What Kind of Cook Are You?

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      From Amazon’s Patricia Allison Page: The first novel co-authored by Alison Daniels and Dean Robertson writing as Patricia Allison The second novel, by Alison Daniels, writing as Patricia Allison The third novel, by Dean Robertson writing as Patricia Allison The fourth novel by Alison Daniels writing as Patricia Allison Coming in 2018 […]

Handing Over the Reins: Entering The Strange World of Fiction Writing

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A Catalogue of Books by Patricia Allison. Memory Is The Seamstress. By Dean Robertson and Alison Daniels, writing as Patricia Allison. Available on Amazon.     Fortune’s End. By Alison Daniels, writing as Patricia Allison. Available on Amazon.     Jessie:The Adventures and Insights of a Nineteenth-Century Woman. By Dean Robertson, writing as Patricia Allison. Available soon […]

Two Smart Women Discuss Writing–#2: Chapters Eight through Thirty-Eight, In Which They Finish a Novel and Eeyore Thinks Things Over

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By Dean Robertson 11 March 2017: The first emails begin.  Three months ago. 7 April 2017: The first blog. We have written seven chapters.  Two months ago. 8 April-1 June: We write thirty-one more chapters, edit, re-edit, and fight over the entire thirty-eight.  We abandon the project many times. We finish the novel. 13 June 2017: We publish the novel. […]

Joseph Raffael “Moving Toward the Light” Words

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Lanie Goodman Betsy Dillard Stroud David Pagel In a conversation with Lanie Goodman, Joseph Raffael described his way of working on the large paintings for which he is known: “I find a place . . . that interests me–it might be a color, or an expanse or a very complex area that may end up […]

My Authors; Myself. Influences on “Looking for Lydia”

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I am republishing this as a partial answer to a question my friend, Mitzy, asked in her comment on my most recent blog,  “No Book Reviews, Portraits, Elections, Inaugurations . . .” She wonders what I taught.  The books mentioned here, first published in July of 2015, are a few I either taught or loved enough […]