Author Archives: Betsy

#OctPoWriMo entry #6 — Tantalizing

Tantalizing Tantalizing temptations show a future that will never materialize A desirable object that will always be just out of reach Promising to quench your thirst, but leaving you forever parched Offering delicious fruits that can never be harvested Don’t … Continue reading

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#OctPoWriMo entry #5 — Sharp

Sharp The pain starts with pins and needles. That sounds so harmless, cute even, like what folks say about waiting for a surprise. It is not. Not harmless. Not cute. Pins and needles are distinctly different. Needles are sharper and … Continue reading

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#OctPoWriMo entry #4 — Purple

Purple Where are the purple people? The red states and blue states united across party lines to do what is best for the nation as a whole? I know they are out there. Purple prose floods the internet, trading insults … Continue reading

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#OctPoWriMo entry #3 — Sparkling

Sparkling She is a sprite, a glowing dot, daughter of a spark from the burgeoning fire. She dances just outside reality, watching her mother ignite the flames. She is learning her future job, seeing how to turn up the heat. … Continue reading

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#OctPoWriMo entry #2 — The Void

The Void When we mess up writing a check, we scrawl “Void” across it, and it becomes uncashable. When we cannot come to agreement on a contract, we stamp it “Void”, and it becomes unenforceable. What about our other bad … Continue reading

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#OctPoWriMo entry #1 — Time

Time Events float in space, distinct, independent, until we force a connection– an order—based on time. In doing so, we restrict our vision, seeing only events we define as Past. We think them gone, immutable, and deny ourselves views of … Continue reading

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Beyond Forgiveness

In “Finding Forgiveness” we discussed techniques to make it easier to forgive, and how forgiving others can benefit you. If we consider a world view that is different from most Western religions (but central to some Eastern religions), there is … Continue reading

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Finding Forgiveness

We are given many reasons to forgive those who have wronged us. Advocates may cite scripture, Karma, personal health, psychology, or family unity. Forgiveness is not easy — sometimes it can take a lifetime to be able to accomplish that … Continue reading

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Get Your Scare On (Monster Fest 2013 panel on Writing Horror)

Rough History of Horror Fiction H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous quote about the genre is that: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” The first horror … Continue reading

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Blood in Southern Waters (Capclave 2013: why set vampire stories in the South?)

I don’t usually write vampire stores, but I set my urban fantasy stories in the South — New Orleans (NOLA) specifically, for several reasons — so I can see why it would be a top choice for setting a vampire … Continue reading

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