CHECK OUT MY BEGINNER’S INDESIGN CHEAT SHEET!

InDesign Pages Panel ScreenshotCheck out the latest in my series! I’m telling everyone what I learned formatting my own POD interior for King of the Roses. InDesign doesn’t have to send you into a tailspin. You CAN do this yourself.

LATEST AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Fanfiction as a “Gift Economy.”

In the June 2016 Computers and Composition, Brittany Kelley analyzes the Ashwinder archive in the Sycophant Hex Harry Potter fanfiction site to posit that such sites function as “gift economies” rather than as “commodity cultures.”

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KING OF THE ROSES: PRINT EDITION AVAILABLE AT AMAZON!

King of the Roses POD cover, now at AmazonI’m thrilled with the print edition of my previously published novel, NOW AVAILABLE AT AMAZON!.

BE SURE TO BUY THIS PRINT EDITION—I’ve edited it, and it’s the one that will count toward my Amazon sales.

Check out a sample chapter in “Books.”

From March College English: “Tandem” Creative-Writing and Composition Courses

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Matt Sumpter argues that creative writing and composition differ enough that they should remain separate courses but that they offer enough individual value that both belong in a first-year curriculum.

AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Use Parallel Structure in Writing for Voice and Style

Check out these ideas and examples for building rhythm and coherence in your writingBleu curve through the use of parallel structure to add detail.

AT COLLEGE COMPOSITION WEEKLY: Is Creative Writing an Academic Discipline?

CCW banner 300Check out Trent Hergenrader’s claims in the new Journal of Creative Writing Studies that creative writing needs to be more proactive if its practitioners want to thrive in the academy.

NEW AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: Overbudget on “To be”? Use “Absolutes”

Use “absolutes” to cut back on “to be” verbsscissors3 in progressive tenses, and build your voice as well.

AT JUST CAN’T HELP WRITING: BUILD YOUR NOVEL’S WORLD!

SciFi and Fantasy writers talk about building worlds. But world-building can make the difference between a place we can take or leave or a place we just can’t tear ourselves away from.

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How do you build a world in your novels?