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On Deadlines

“I find that it takes a lot of years of living, and many more of reckoning, to come up with one worthwhile paragraph. And when a deadline looms, prayer doesn’t hurt, either.” Carmen Agra Deedy I respect many newspaper reporters … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

In America we celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday which means just that. Time to be thankful for all things great and small. I’m thankful to have been published three times this year in Rock&Gem magazine. Right now I’m working on two … Continue reading

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Background on My Second Rock&Gem Article

In mid-February 2016 I visited the once roaring town of Goldfield, Nevada. An old set of gem claims had come under new ownership and new direction. I was eager to find out what that meant for rockhounds. You can read … Continue reading

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New Magazine Article Coming Out

I’m happy to say that Rock&Gem Magazine (external link) will publish another one of my articles. It will come out in May. I can’t yet say what I wrote about but I discussed preparations for it in a previous post. (internal link). … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

On Thursday morning I am off to do research and take photographs for an article I hope will be accepted by Rock&Gem Magazine. It’s another article written on spec (internal link), risky business for a writer since there is no … Continue reading

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Woot! Rock And Gem to Publish My Article in January

The 2,800 word article I submitted to Rock&Gem (external link) has been accepted and will be published in January. I wrote it on spec (internal link), the first time I have used that process. Unlike writing on assignment, you have … Continue reading

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Writing on Spec

Writing on spec or speculation means submitting writing without a contract, usually a complete or finished work. Normally, an editor approves a query letter and you are sent a contract that outlines what is expected and what you’ll get paid. … Continue reading

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