Today was the day. It was. It was on the calendar, marked as a definite ending. The new novel to be published this day. It didn't happen. Now, I could say I had a premonition it would be this way, but it wasn't anything to do with that. Nor with the injury that's slowed me … Continue reading The Wednesday Word
One of those days where I consider options. Choose this, go there, plan that, wing something else. Consult the charts, do a reading, remember a dream. That's a good one. Remember a dream. A dream I've had all my life, pops up about every six or eight weeks. I fly over the Murchison River. It's … Continue reading Sunday
Welcome to the 2018 author interview series. Author interviews will be posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with author Cage Dunn.
For those of you that have read my interviews in the past, you’ll find a new set of questions in this series. You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with Cage Dunn:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original isn’t the goal. Nor is expectation. There’s a story idea, a germ or seed that wants to grow. It’s my job to find the best position for that seed, to give it the…
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We give up. No? But we do. As we should. At the moment, and for the last week, I've been reviewing and revising the first draft of Not on the Cards (Title subject to change, but I still like this one), and I did it again. I deleted a great big chunk (in the newly created … Continue reading When the Going Gets Tough …
This one from Cats N Dogs (copyright Cage Dunn 2017), stories of our constant companions. Friday Night The traffic was snarled so far back from Caro’s turn-off she was tempted to drive along the emergency lane to get out. She was already so late, maybe even too late. Had to get there; had to pick up … Continue reading A Short Story – Friday Night
Otherwise called the Pareto principle, and it means that roughly 80% of the effects [of something] comes from 20% of the causes. A bit like the iceberg principle, but which means something slightly different: show only the tip of the iceberg (Hemingway style) to get to the depth of meaning. In other words, use a … Continue reading The 80/20 Rule
Yes, I tried it, and guess what? the Story Reading Ape Blog noticed it too. Gremlins in the system. And you got two posts about the same thing, so here is something different, and it won't be reblogged, but if there's anyone who wants to FB the Smorgasbord post, or this one, be my guest. … Continue reading Trouble
via Smorgasbord Blog Sitting Special - Who are you? by author Cage Dunn
Thanks to Sally at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/02/12/smorgasbord-blog-sitting-specials-the-menu-and-contributors-february-15th-20th/ for the invitation to contribute to her site while she’s away for a short while.
I hope you enjoy this little snippet from my life as a writer.
Well, I’ve just started on my one and only coffee for the day, and … realised just how difficult things can be before that moment. Coffee doesn’t save me, it doesn’t perk me, it doesn’t actually do anything, but the day will not kick into gear without it. I’m not a junky. It’s only one. But it has to be at the right time. This time, or everthing goes off-key for the rest of the day.
And that’s not how I want it to be. It can’t be. I have a job that defines how I see myself, who I am. I need to find inspiration at ‘this’ time every day. It’s my job. An important job.
Not a paying job. Not earning enough to pay tax. But it’s my full-time professional output based on years of experience and learning and continual updating of skills.
What do I do?
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Many times I've tried to simplify my life, clean up, live with a small footprint, do what I can to help others when they need it. And I do it. I live lean. I don't own much. I garden for most of my food. But there's one thing. Books. The last time we moved the … Continue reading Struggles and Strife