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Sunday, February 24, 2019

So much news!

I keep forgetting I can do this. 

So much news!! 

Writing continues on Mermaid #2. A critique group member described my work as "historical fantasy," and I rather like that genre designation.

Working on edits to Ian's FIFTH book, also two books of poetry and an educational memoir. I'm still helping out with a space opera, which is becoming a trilogy, critiquing with my group on alternating Saturdays, and my be picking up an art-related ghost-writing project.

Tons of snow. And now the wind is blowing so hard outside that I feel my brain matter struggling to remain between my ears!!

There are new publishers in the mix, and I've lost one FB group and picked up three more. Trying to impart wisdom and receive it, too. 

Drop a line and let me know what occupies YOUR time!!

Phyl Campbell is Author, Mother, Dreamer, and Dr. Pepper addict. Right now, she's in over her head.                    

Other articles of interest:
Finding Pink Elephants
A Muse Meant
Quick and Dirty Publishing Guide     

Check out her author page on Amazon. 

Sunday, October 28, 2018

NANO is coming and go see my blog... WHAT?

I have been SO very busy living life.

I did not write about my eleven state book tour (only 3 states actually had launch parties, but STILL!  They weren't right all together).

Multiple new books have been published. I can't even keep up with all of them anymore.

And I've been updating. I have a Square store and a bunch of new stuff for book shows and expos. I have learned a lot.

I've also been crafting.

And I have been railing a lot against dumb decisions made by people I really can't control.

But I can vote. And I plan to on Tuesday.

I hope you vote, too!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018


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So I haven't written much lately -- guess what? Neither has Hemingway.

I have so many things I want to tell you. Unfortunately, they are more in limbo than out.

I pretended I had a comfort zone and stepped outside of it last year. Actually, the last 2-5 years. So 2018 has me returning to a hidey-hole of sorts, allowing certain entrepreneurial fields to go fallow while working on some more creative endeavors of a personal nature.

I am also open to seeing what comes, especially of some opportunities I have had to support the artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors of others in this harrowing political time.

I do believe there is a moral crisis going on -- and I believe that there is a huge cavern between what I perceive as morals and what my opposition views as morals. I have morals which can easily be understood by a five year old and don't make my teenager look at me like I have two heads. Collectively, my spouse, son, and I have started looking at our opposition that way -- one head they talk from while the other is shoved firmly up their ass.

Make no mistake. I support immigrants, not walls. Marijuana, not big Pharma. People, not corporations. Soldiers, not guns/weapons/special interest groups with government contracts.

I've been more vocal on social media than personally, though I think anyone reading my blog would be well aware of my political leanings. Except it really isn't political anymore. Not in my mind.

I'm updating my website again today. Some things are frustrating me. One was that the blog wasn't loading. So while I was figuring that out, I wrote this. Sure hope you enjoyed it. And I have some old stuff making a comeback here from Wikinut. So you have that to look forward to. Or not.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Crawl. Stand. Walk. Run.

Many of my clients must have been told by previous writing teachers that their characters were flat.

I say they must have, because what I read, especially from my young writers, is adult characters who absolutely can't make up their minds.

And I know the students want to push back when I tell them to make decisions about their characters.

Because they're characters.

Totally made up.

Their motivations don't matter.

Like when an adult tells a child to clean a room. What is the point other than exerting authority?

From the young person's perspective, I get it. Honestly.

Writers are creating characters. Writers have the challenge of creating arbitrary characters to move their plots forward. Those plots, and the characters that drive those plots, are as varied as infinite numbers. But those reasons must exist in relation to the plot of the story.

And (MOST) writers must learn to create and develop characters the same way they learned to run.

Readers may not want flat characters, but writers need to create simple characters consistently before they can build complex characters that still make sense to readers. And if readers are reading the work of new writers, I hope they will understand and encourage writers at each step of the way. This includes encouraging young people to read LOTS, reading young writers' work and providing constructive criticism (emphasis on the constructive, not so much the criticism). And if those things aren't in a reader's wheelhouse, help connect the young writer with someone who will read their work and help them be better.