Author Archives: Rusty Rhoad

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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One of the Best Feelings in the World

Editing is not my favorite thing. It’s a very necessary evil, and as a writer you’ll end up spending as much time editing as putting fresh material onto the page. And to be honest, it has a certain charm all … Continue reading

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Your Writing Space

Greetings from Singapore. I’m here on business (as a consultant) for 11 days, which just happens to overlap my post day. I’ve attempted to keep up some semblance of my writing discipline while I’ve been here, but I haven’t done … Continue reading

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Just Get It On the Page

I never get neckties for Fathers’ Day. What a waste of money that would be–I probably wear a tie once/year. Instead, my family loves to see my eyes light up when they give me a T-shirt with a pithy slogan … Continue reading

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The Sidekick

One of the items on my writing bucket list was to write a novel with a sidekick. I didn’t know it was going to happen in my current effort, but I had it on the checklist to consider as a … Continue reading

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I Resolve . . .

2013 was a remarkable year for me, and for many of you as well.  I confess to being a little sad to see it go, but like somebody once said (I think it was Chaucer’s wife, but experts are of … Continue reading

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Those Mystical, Magical Moments, by Rusty Rhoad

Last April, at the Houston Writers’ Guild Spring Workshop, I had the pleasure of hearing an uplifting speech by Nikki Loftin.  Nikki is a delightful young writer who spoke about offsetting the disappointments—and there are many, believe it or not—of … Continue reading

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