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Processing Process

(Admin suggested I put this up as a blog post.  This was originally posted on my personal blog,, on April 22, 2015.) Everything we do has a process. How you get ready for work. How you cook a meal. How you get dressed. Your process may not be like mine, or anyone else’s. In “All in the Family” Archie debated with Michael sock, sock, shoe, shoe, while Michael preferred sock, shoe, sock, shoe. We all have a process. For me it is sock, sock, pants, shoe, shoe. That way I don’t have to roll up my pants to put on my socks and shoes, and then roll down my pant legs, possibly rolling down my socks. When it comes to little things, the process, such as socks and shoes, may not be that important, but I guarantee if you switch them up your day will feel a bit weird. You...
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© Keith Mosher / Blog Yin Yang, 2015

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Is the Indie world headed for a literary Armaddeon?

There are titans vying for control and Indie authors are like the David's of our time. The titans don't go by the names of HarperCollins or Penguin Random House. Those folks are still in shock that we dared to, with the help of Amazon and Smashwords, come forth like a dark horse and break every fence that exists with the e-book phenomena, but they may have the last laugh. Anything that builds too fast can have weak legs and the sheer weight may bring it tumbling down. Thousands of writers have been walking in the desert for years with no home for their novels. Finally, they had a mechanism to share their hard work that had been shunned by the old guard. Even insightful authors who wrote for big houses saw the opportunity. They took their backlists and tried again in the new frontier. Their fans followed. No more waiting two...
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Investigating the Crime Scene

OK. You've started your thriller. Murdered off a character. The police are on their way. Now what?   Readers demand accuracy. Feed them the wrong information and they’ll let you know you've made a mistake. So, to the best of your ability, you’d better know who does what, and what happens, at the crime scene if you are going to write about one.   Sherlock Holmes said: “Whenever you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” In other words the truth is present at every crime scene. And if it’s your character’s job to find it, make sure he’s doing his job correctly.   Keep in mind that precincts vary in their allotment of duties. Not all houses have a large enough staff to divvy procedures out. In a small town, the local sheriff may do it all; whereas in a larger precinct, the Patrol division,...
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My First NaNoWriMo!!

I am excited to announce that I am participating in NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) for the first time! I am a bit nervous, because the idea of Nano is to write a novel in one month. The month they have chosen is November. The only worse month they could possibly pick would be December. I have put Nano off for the last two years, as I was busy with other projects. This year, I was certain until October 15th that I would not be doing Nano this year either. Then I unexpectedly finished edits early for The Hunters. Even though I have several other projects that need editing and a lot of other work: a friend was telling me how she participated in Nano last year, and this year she got to post her book that was published this year as a Nano book. Sales tripled. Hard to say no...
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Proof reading

I remember when I first started writing and I decided to take the plunge and expose myself on the internet. I would post articles and essays I had written on several different websites. My first love at that time was politics, so naturally, I decided to write about that topic,—it was my only area of expertise. Readers scorned my politics--as anyone would expect (at least those who disagreed); however, the worst tongue lashings I received were for my grammar, spelling, and general syntax. The biggest reason for this was that I never proof read anything before I pushed the “publish” button. Yes, there I was, an unfound literary master, one who was so good that my work should be published pure, as it was first written—blah, blah, blah—(sighing loudly) the ego of a writer can be quit ugly in its raw form. I have to give myself some credit for being...
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