Looking for Lydia; Finding Life

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                 I’ll introduce my friend and guest blogger, Molly Roper Jenkins, with a couple of stories–especially appropriate since we met because I could not find any stories about Lydia Roper.   First, I think “phone enquiry” is a rather refined description of the circumstances of our first contact. […]

Biting Off More Than I Can Chew

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Having completed two novels, an accomplishment so amazing to me that I still don’t quite understand how it happened, I must have gotten cocky. For decades, my cousins and I have repeated our mantra, “Someone should really write a novel about this family!”  That eventually became an exhortation aimed directly at me, “You really should write […]

Writing: Your Paragraph, My Paragraph. Playful Writing

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Have you ever done the writing exercise where one person writes a sentence, then hands it to the next person, who adds another sentence, and so on around the circle until you have a few pages of writing? A couple of weeks ago I started writing paragraphs all of which began with “My name is […]

Writing: Alison Daniels on Mysterious Addictions

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Mysterious Addiction There is no other way to say it: I have become an addict. Not just to reading mystery novels, but to writing them. So addicted, in fact, that I can barely wait a day after finishing one book before beginning another.   I have written four books in less than a year — […]

Writing: Old Weezie

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  “They say Old Weezie’s been reading palms out of her run-down shack for a hundred years or more and, although I have to question the accuracy of that hundred years, still Old Weezie sure looks older than dirt, which was one of my grandmother’s favorite sayings.” And that was as far as I got […]

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. […]