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About robindeffendall

My Work In Progress is a humorous paranormal thriller called Rex Appeal. Once Rex is completed, I'll return to Charmer, an epic fantasy also under construction. My alter egos include a kick ass librarian, and crafter, designing Fabrege style eggs. I live with four dogs, four cats and a near endless supply of fur balls.

Rex Appeal First Draft, Chapter One. Remember It’s a FIRST draft

This “chapter” has grown all out of proportions. It will probably end up as several chapters in the final version. You will probably find continuity errors, a host of typos and some notes to myself.   Chapter One Rex and his … Continue reading

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Dragons in the Attic

I’ve been working very hard with the Wonder Chicks on our group anthology, called Dragons in the Attic. The book includes two poems and eleven stories of various lengths, including my very long short story (or very short novella) Offering. … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction: Honeysuckle

I tried an experiment that I’m pretty proud of. It was written for an anthology that supports a humane organization. If you like it, consider picking up a copy. The image here links to Amazon. The anthologist asked for flash … Continue reading

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Expressing My Point of View

Yesterday in my writers group we talked about point of view. Point of view does, of course, involve your choice of which pronouns and verbs you plan to use. Will you tell your story in first person? I let loose … Continue reading

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Sometimes Bad Is Bad

Be willing and unafraid to write badly, because often the bad stuff clears the way for good. ~Jennifer Egan Found this quote in a tweet from Writing Craft. It’s a great site, by the way. My response to the quote: … Continue reading

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How to Cut Adverbs From Your Writing |

I subscribe to lots of writerly blogs and lists. Today Chuck Sambuchino’s blog had a guest post by Jessica Bell, who has two books out, Show & Tell in a Nutshell, and Adverbs & Cliches in a Nutshell. Yes, they … Continue reading

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Two Amazing Ideas for Sci Fi Stories

These stories are amazing. After reading them, my mind is spinning, full of wonderful ideas. Feel free to borrow these ideas and make them your own! The first one, from Science Daily has to do with the switch in the brain … Continue reading

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Cleanliness Is Next to Literary Godliness

I spent the most amazing weekend writing. I met with my private writers’ group, The Wonderchicks, allegedly to revise my novel Rex Appeal. (Yes, it’s still languishing from inattention. Hush up.) Instead I got distracted–again!–by an idea I had in … Continue reading

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Scrivener saves lives!

Scrivener Saves Lives! It saved mine. I was having lots of trouble managing my manuscript for Rex Appeal. It is my first major piece of writing and I was writing chapters, moving them around, swapping paragraphs, cursing a blue streak … Continue reading

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Victory and PANIC!

I spent the day at Java Mill and Grill, drinking coffee and working on Rex Appeal. For the most part things went well. Joel and Damon took good care of my caffeine needs. I had a terrific Turkey Club that … Continue reading

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