Life – Extended?

October 4, 2018

One writer’s journey…

Maine Crime Writers

Last June 17 — about fourteen weeks ago — I was dizzy, and visited the emergency room of a local hospital here in Maine. Twenty-four hours later I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, metastasized The doctor who gave me the news said I might have a year to live, if I was lucky.

I had no idea I was ill. I’d spent the past several years caring for my husband, who’d died April 9. Since his death I’d updated my legal documents and taken care of my husband’s estate. I’d planned to spend the rest of 2018 catching up with writing deadlines and settling into a new normal.

Now everything had changed.

During the following three weeks I had three biopsies, many blood tests, two MRIs, and my first chemo treatments. When all those results were in, my oncologist told me that my condition was worse than he’d…

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The Plot Thickens.

January 14, 2018

A great find, one new writer’s take of beta readers.

GM Stephenson

Me again! I’ve navigated another uncharted institution like Indiana Jones making his way through the catacombs in The Last Crusade (if you don’t get the reference I’m not sure how we can be friends). My latest adventure has been with beta readers. I’d like to share what I’ve learned.

  1. Finding beta readers isn’t easy. Be persistent. Ask other writers to read your work, but be prepared to reciprocate. Check out beta reader sites on Facebook and Goodreads. Find other writers who might know beta readers who are interested in your genre. Post requests on any sites you belong to that allow it. If you ask, they will come.
  2. When you find beta readers, be nice. These are kind people who are taking the time to read your work and give their opinion. They could be reading anyone else, but they’re reading you. Not only are they reading, they’re processing and…

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A Great bit of writing. Sharing this wonderfulness with you all…
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Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Hers was a life laced with controversy concerning everythi…

Source: Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary

December 3, 2016

December – a month to get going with your writing.
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An excerpt on my latest writing project/meditation on writing & spaces/ building of the 3 Nutshells Tiny House

Yep, this one has a twist, a writing guide-memoir, but it’s also a tiny build project. You can see more about that here


After following them on some TH YouTube videos I contacted Iron Eagle Trailers of Portland Oregon. I was quoted for a basic 18 foot tandem axle trailer with two other custom items in the build, and it came to a tidy amount $700 less than I expected (based on my projected expenses during the “what if…” portion of creating a list of items to research). The great guy at Iron Eagle Trailers, who I contacted on their toll-free number, was more than helpful.

$700 less! Whoa. Success at Step One was very heartening!

Now, I just needed those trailer funds by no later than mid-September.

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This is EJ Runyon’s Bridge to Story ‘Tiny Brainstorm’ blog.

Beak Bump out

image by Rob Leanna

‘ltlxltl’, I had a license plate once that read that – Little by Little.

This is a  Tiny House on Wheels project build, bringing coaching and story editing from my Bridge to Story workshop space to your town, or even your door. Great for writing groups, senior center events, homeschooling visits, one-on-one intensives… you name it.
Soon to be roamin’, teachin’ & fixin’ yer writin’ -wherever you may be in the lower 48.

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Every blog post on this site will be moved over to my new sites:
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or my author book news posts look here: at E.J.

We’ve Moved!


Want to follow?  You can find it here now: – for coaching and editing blog posts

& – for blog posts about my Books & Author news.


I don’t want to lose any of my followers, please click through and share there, or follow me via Twitter at @TellEmHow2Write


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All New and Shiny!

 Well, It’s finally up and running. A new version of my ‘Bridge to Story’ website will now include a blog dedicated to creative writing and my coaching. So this WP blog, ‘E.J. Runyon’s Author’s Blog’ is being re-potted over there. Where I hope it will grow into something even more beautiful.

One-by-one these WP posts will migrate to the new site, so you won’t lose any good, basic writing advice that’s been posted here. The Bridge to Story blog’s url is And I hope to see you there.

I’ll also be starting up a new series there I’m calling “Your Writing-Coach-For-A-Day” where I’ll invite new and nearly published Indy writers to ask me 5 coaching questions.  If you think up five questions about your fiction or memoir WIP, feel free to email me, at thumbnail thumbnail


For those of you following this WP blog for my author news about any of my books, published by Inspired Quill (UK), those types of posts will now be found on the new e.j.runyon site. You can follow me there at

Hopefully you’ll want to follow both blogs. And of course to do that you’ll need to re-follow over at those sites, or on Twitter.

In any case, if you didn’t already know My latest book is titled –
 “Tell Me (How to Write) A Story” Good, Basic Advice for Novices Ready To Write”

Nook and paperback versions are due out soon. Until then, you can pick up  the e-book at Amazon:

I love both sites; they are fuller and more engaging than this site has been and I hope you’ll enjoy both and tell your friends about them.

Thanks everyone,



We’re Almost There….

October 25, 2013

HELP quoteMy New Author’s site is nearly up and running, I figure another week or two and things will be ready. Until then, let me set the way-back machine to an old post you might enjoy, titled: ‘Let Your Story Tell the Reader About It◄ Click to read

For some of you recent followers, it may be brand new. Either way, feel free to re-blog it or post a comment. Happy Writing everyone.

And remember, there’s a new book out:

Gotta e-reader? pick up “Tell Me (How to Write) A Story” Good, Basic Advice for Novices Ready To Write. By EJ Runyon