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En garde WIP – Bring every Weapon in your Writing Arsenal to the Battlefield


I’m in the middle of a fight. My Work-in-Progress is my opponent, and right now I feel like I’m losing. I’m frustrated. However, I have to remember that this is how I feel every time I write a rough draft or edit. And this is not the time to give up; this is the time …

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Hansel and Gretel Inspired Sestina


For #fairytaleTuesday I’m posting my Hansel and Gretel inspired sestina I wrote when I was experimenting with combining poems and fairy tales.  A sestina has six stanzas of six lines and a final triplet. Each stanzas has the same six words at the end of each line that follow a fixed pattern.  My words are: …

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The Trouble with Snowmen – Read Chapter 1


The Trouble with Snowmen By Dorlana Vann Chapter 1 “I had him pegged as a snowman the moment I met him,” Regina said. “It was only a matter of time before he melted.” “What are you talking about?” Haley Monroe appreciated Regina, the owner of the four-apartment multiplex they lived in, for jumping out of …

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Spooky Fun Reads for Halloween


Three of my books are for readers who like a little quirkiness with their paranormal.  Although they are not considered “horror stories” some are spooky, & some are quirky, some were inspired by classic fairy tales, but they are all supernatural fun! Jaclyn’s Ghost: Ghosts, Mystery and Fashion. Can this diva solve her own murder? …

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Don’t Forget to “Save the Cat.”


When I was writing the rough draft for The Trouble with Scarecrows, I received comments back from a critique partner. It was clear that she hated my main character to the core. Of course, I defended my reasons as to why I had given Brenda a Scrooge personality. For one, she is actually the antagonist …

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Cinderella Inspired Paranormal Short Story


Midnight by Dorlana Vann   “All black doesn’t suit you,” Dominick said. “I think you should choose softer more delicate colors.” “Delicate?” I said. “Seriously, do I look delicate?” He grinned like he had me all figured out. “Tuh … You are such an idiot.” When I spun to leave his presence, he grabbed hold …

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The Trouble with Snowmen by Dorlana Vann


The Trouble with Snowmen is that they never ever last forever … eBook and paperback available now on Amazon A Romantic Comedy all about heart-breakers (snowmen), fun shenanigans, fashion, séances, downtown Houston, urban cowgirls, and some of that kissy-kissy stuff.     Snowmen drift into your life like they were sent from above. The relationship is great, …

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