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Why Repetition Can Make Your Book Better

Today I’m posting over at author Rebecca Belliston’s blog as part of her annual March Book Madness series. I’ve written about circularity and repetition in books and movies, and included a small sneak peak of Deadly Alliance. Click on the link below to read all about it!

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How to Code Messages Like a WWII Spy

This blog post will take you through the steps of encoding a message using double transposition, just like British and American spies did in WWII. Should you feel like trying it out, it will be up to you to look up the Morris code, secure a radio, and find someone to transmit it to. Early in […]

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I have a new title, and a map

The title for my third novel was finalized last month: Deadly Alliance. I like it. A lot. No, it wasn’t one of my suggestions, but I’m completely OK with that. I have a fascination with titles that include the word dead or any of its derivatives (as long as it doesn’t sound like a novel about zombies). In […]

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A farewell to Tom Clancy

My first memory of any Tom Clancy work was when my parents went to see The Hunt for Red October in the movie theater. My parents didn’t go to the movies very often—only when there was something they really wanted to see, like a movie adaptation of a book they’d read. I didn’t have any […]

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Guest Post by Author Stephanie Worlton on the Importance of Education

Today I’m happy to have Stephanie Worlton as a guest on my blog. Stephanie is the author of the novel Hope’s Journey, and recently released her second book, a nonfiction guide called Everything You Need to Know About Girls Camp. I asked Stephanie to share her thoughts on the importance of history and education. Education: I thought […]

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A Brief Ode to a Couple Inanimate Objects

I injured my back on Saturday. I wasn’t even doing anything cool. I was just dragging a stack of little chairs from one end of the church to the other so the children in our congregation could practice the program they were doing the following day (if you were wondering, the ten children in our […]

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Book Review: Carnival Girl

Today I’m doing something I’ve never done before: I’m reviewing a book on my website. I often enjoy mid-twentieth century memoirs, so when this opportunity came up, I decided to try it. I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for my review. I value my readers enough that I’ll be completely honest with […]

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The Whitneys and Wazzu

Some great things happened last weekend. I went to the LDStorymakers Writer’s Conference in Provo and had a wonderful time. I strengthened some existing friendships, made new friends, and learned a ton. Thank you to everyone who helped make the conference a success! The rest of this post is about giving congratulations to some very deserving individuals. […]

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And They Lived Happily Ever After (Maybe)

I’m really into how things end. Yes, the first chapter in a book needs to be good if I’m going to keep reading it, but the last chapter needs to be even better. Someone once told me that stories are either tragedies (the hero dies) or comedies (the hero lives). For this post, I’ll use more than […]

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