Leanne D Baldwin

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New blog! Self-hosted and everything!

I am inaugurating a new year and new projects with a brand, spanking new, self-hosted blog! I invite you to join me there: LeanneDBaldwin.com Much more activity to follow. I promise. Advertisements

Don’t talk to the God of Thunder in the restroom

One of the more challenging things I’ve been doing this past year is participating in writing competitions that give specific prompts that must be used and a strict, short time limit for completion and submission. The first was a screenwriting contest in which we first had eight days to write 12 pages, then five days … Continue reading

When the platform must take a backseat

Astute readers (or anyone proficient in the use of a calendar) will note that this is the first blog post I’ve written in a long time. Specifically, I haven’t posted since August 31. In blogging, that’s equivalent to half an eternity, especially if one is trying to build what we writers call “a platform.” If … Continue reading

Zombies: brainless entertainment

Zombies bore me. Sorry for the non-sequitur, but I can explain. Last Saturday, my close personal friend and sometime co-writer, Barbara L. Sorensen, posted an essay on her blog¬†entitled America’s Love Affair with All Things Zombie. In this post, she notes the enduring and seemingly insatiable fascination with zombies as the focus of movies, television … Continue reading

Spending my Saturday morning with Portland writers!

There’s a group called PDX Writers – which is pronounced “Portland Writers; “PDX” is the code for our airport, and Portlanders use this as shorthand for the city itself. Anyway, they host writing workshops on a regular basis. One of their staples is the monthly Saturday Open Workshop, generally held on the fourth Saturday of … Continue reading

Romance is yucky

Yesterday, writer-blogger Jen Burke of Jen’s Bookshelf wrote a post about how she hates to write battle scenes. At the end of it, she asked readers to talk about what scenes they hate to write. I thought about it and I realized I couldn’t come up with any specific kind of scene I hate writing. … Continue reading

Making friends in the fast lane

I deeply adore my adopted city of Portland, Oregon. However, there are definite disadvantages to living here – or anywhere on the West Coast, really – compared to living in the midwest, where I originally came from. Housing prices, for one thing, are considerably more outrageous. I was listening to a local program on Oregon … Continue reading

Portland, Land of the Free… books

When I moved 2,200 miles from Indiana to Portland, Oregon three years ago, I didn’t have the means to bring a lot of stuff with me. This meant leaving a fairly large collection of books behind. It’s only recently that I’ve had a chance to start slowly accumulating books again, and in a place like … Continue reading

Platform-building campaign: like a barn-raising, but with more words!

Today marked the opening of registration for Rachael Harrie’s Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign, an event I’ve been looking forward to for a few months. I first ran across a description of the previous Campaigns (which were then called “Crusades”) when I was Googling for info about techniques for building a platform as a writer. Rachael … Continue reading

Welcome aboard!

Welcome to the new home of my blog! Come on in, make yourself at home. Excuse the lack of seating – you know how it is when you first move in and you can’t find the furniture for a few days. Just to clarify the “who” and “what” of the situation, my name is Leanne … Continue reading

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