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Posts by Blake Smith

Slogging Through the Mud

Or, what to do when you start a lot of books and don’t have the brain space to finish them? Read more

Talking About Writing

For me, writing is a private activity. And yet I’m writing this on a public forum. But, hear me out. Read more

Being Funny

Some people are naturally funny. I’m not, but I want to add just a touch of humor to my books, to make them sparkle. And witty characters are more fun to read than dull ones. What is a poor, dull author to do?

Read books on the subject, of course. Read more

An Exercise in Conciseness

If this past week is going to be indicative of the rest of the year, I’m hibernating until next December, writing goals be damned. I’ve been rather ill since the second, and though I think I’m on the upswing, this is going to be a brief post, possibly including a nap break somewhere around… Read more

End of the Year Wrap-Up

I know; everyone does one of these. But it’s Christmas, and the family is about to descend on us for an extravaganza of assorted wackiness that seems to go along with celebrating a holiday. Read more

What’s in a Name?

I’m trying out a pen name. Since I’m going to be writing nice, sweet, little Regency romances under this name, there’s no particular reason to keep it secret. Read more

But It Was Not The End

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and, frankly, I’ll be happy when this month is over. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, but they’re every-day things, like food to eat and a warm place to sleep. The sort of thing that gets overshadowed by all of the upheaval and sadness the universe has dealt out lately. Read more