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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.

~E.L. Doctorow

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Our Collaboration--Part 1: Two Heads?

Posted by Rob Smales on August 14, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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Posted by Rob Smales on July 17, 2017 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

It all started with a raffle.

The raffle was a part of the Haverhill Holiday Bookfear, a dark/horror oriented book fair put on at the Haverhill Public Library last December. As a last-minute prize (there were lots of prizes in this raffle) they added the authors themselves: fill out one of your tickets, drop it in the bucket at any of the participating autho...

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Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Posted by Rob Smales on June 19, 2017 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

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Hey, happy June! Thanks for stopping by.

They say things come in threes. They also say three’s company, third time’s the charm, and go on three! I think I’ve said all those things, but the one that applies today is that things come in threes:...

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Moving Day (Welcome Back!)

Posted by Rob Smales on May 22, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to Writer in Progress—or, if you’ve been here before, welcome back!

I know I haven’t been here in a while, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been sitting on my ass eating bon-bons—and if you’re a WYMOP reader, yeah, I’m about to run through the ...

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Instant Review

Posted by Rob Smales on March 31, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I was in Portsmouth New Hampshire the other night, at the Author's Night by the Sea, when an older woman came by our table and was fascinated by my Carol of the Bells chapbook.

"Well," she said, "my name is Carol."

"Oh," I replied with a smile. "So is the main character in this story. That's where the title comes from."

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November - Ending With a Surprise

Posted by Rob Smales on December 8, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Okay people, this should actually be a short one. For those of you with attention deficit disorder, it should be -- hey! Where the hell are you going? Get back here! Even your attention span isn't that short!


Episode 19 of the podcast Protecting Project Pulp stars the work of author Thomas Thursday in the form of the story Ten Dollars - No Sense....

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October - Reading, Writing, and... well, more Reading.

Posted by Rob Smales on November 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)



Happy November! I'll jump right into this one.


The Coffin Hop: Some Reading

October was a busy month, but mainly due to the Coffin Hop and my lack of preparation for it. For those of you who might not know, the Coffin Hop is a virtual shop-hop with better than 100 horror writers linking their blogs and websites together for a huge, ...

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September: Editing, Reviews and Lists, Oh My!

Posted by Rob Smales on October 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy October!

For those of you who like quick reads, I think I'm offering you another one this month as last month not a lot happened with me as a writer. Not compared with SOME of the months I've had.

New Business: 

I did write a couple of short stories last month, one titled It's a Kind of Magic...

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Not a Lot in August...

Posted by Rob Smales on September 10, 2012 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Hello, it's me again.

Due to what I've been referring to as a 'personal crisis', I actually didn't manage to write anything for just about the entire month of August, so there's not a lot to report right now.  I even suspended my narration work with The District of Wonders, figuring that would be better and look a little more professional than failing on any assignmen...

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And that was July... Can you Hear Me Now?

Posted by Rob Smales on August 7, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello, it's me again.

Just a quick rundown of what's been happening over here in my little corner of the world ... which is to say, my bedroom, mostly, though I write pretty much wherever I can.

The Ghost IS The Machine from Post Mortem Press will be available from...

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