Author Archives: Rusty Rhoad

Two Unusual Characters

I love quirky, offbeat, or unusual minor characters (some of my major characters are pretty quirky, offbeat, or unusual, but that’s a different story). In my current WIP, I started off with two new concepts that are both a first … Continue reading

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Truly on the Road

I didn’t coin the category, “On the Blog Rhoad with Rusty”–that came from our beloved Char Chaffin. But today it certainly fits. Instead of sitting with my butt in my ergonomically-designed chair and nose to my computer grindstone, I’m off … Continue reading

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Alternative Legend

Something perhaps a little different from your more typical romance writer’s post this morning. But it’s what I do, and it’s not too long. So don’t give up too easily. I’m reading Parke Godwin’s Sherwood,  a very imaginative treatment of … Continue reading

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The Chaotic Life of the Pantser

Oh, the disorderly chaotic life of the pantser. When you start a book, you’re not quite sure where you’re going. Your plot arcs end up looking like the stock market–or an EKG (hopefully the patient is still alive). You rewrite … Continue reading

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Why Arthur?

Compared with other SMP Authors, I’m truly a “niche” writer–I write (mostly) contemporary humorous Arthurian fantasy. Wait a minute.  Contemporary Arthurian fantasy? Didn’t King Arthur live like five hundred years ago? What the heck is contemporary about that? Actually, closer … Continue reading

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Gift Cards

I’ve never quite understood the whole gift card phenomenon. I mean, there are certainly places where they’re a solid gift. The person who delivers your newspaper on-time-and-dry every morning (yes, I’m that old fashioned). Your kid at college who is … Continue reading

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Vacations from Writing

Let’s suppose — strictly hypothetically, of course — that you wake up one morning and don’t feel like writing.  Can you take a vacation from writing? Hard to imagine, which is why this is a strictly hypothetical suppose.  Like waking … Continue reading

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