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Motivated By You

Last night, I sat down and worked on book four for a few hours. It was the first time I’ve written in a long time, and one of the few times I’ve even thought about doing so since Michelle’s passing. The instant I started writing, I felt invigorated and reconnected...

Sadness

Hello everyone. I am so sorry for this incredibly long overdue post. Obviously, I haven’t blogged in quite a while. I am sure some of you have wondered why. Roughly six months ago, my older sister, Michelle Boyer Dykstra, tragically passed away. It was so sudden...

Updates

Hello everyone. I am excited to announce several big updates relating to my Bobby Ether series. First of all, the homepage for book three, Bobby Ether and the Great Sphinx, now includes an updated description of the book, along with the newly revealed cover...

The Use of “Said”

I really like this post by Melissa Eskue Ousley regarding the use (and potential overuse) of said as a dialog tag. I am firmly in the camp of those who believe that dialog tags should typically be small and unobtrusive. Yes, said may be boring, but it’s very...

Love this article. Great reminder about the ways and reasons to control the pace of your story. I especially like her comments about big words slowing a scene (lol) and the use of staccato dialog in fast scenes. I rarely write long monologues, but its worth...