December 10th, 2018

Firearms: Know Your Weapon!

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Bayard & Holmes | Blogging Guests | Miscellaneous

By Piper Bayard & Jay Holmes

Firearms . . . Love them or hate them, they often turn up in our fiction. Sadly, they often turn up in fiction in fictional ways that leave readers throwing books against the wall. To keep that from happening to WITS readers, let's take a look at the firearms that most often turn up in espionage and crime fiction—the revolver, the semi-automatic, and the automatic.Read the post

December 11th, 2017

Winning the Anxiety War

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Bayard & Holmes | Bumps & Bruises on the Road to Publication | Inspiration | Writer's Life

Piper Bayard

First, I will speak as a writer . . .

I know I’m not alone when I say I’ve done it. I started out thinking, “I’ll just pop onto Facebook for a few minutes before I hit the WIP.” Then one post leads to another, which leads to an article, which leads to another, and before I know it, I’m locked in an ideological battle with a troll, gnashing away at each other’s perceptions of reality, while anxiety savages me like a rag doll in the mouth of a pit bull.… Read the post

September 11th, 2017

The “W’s” of Successful Writing Partnerships

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Bayard & Holmes | Writer's Life

Piper Bayard
of Bayard & Holmes

We writers tend to be an odd and solitary lot, lurking in the corners of libraries and coffee shops and playing with our imaginary friends. Though most of us are content with our solitude, we periodically meet up with writer friends or migrate like spawning salmon to conferences, where we bounce ideas off each other like ping-pong balls.… Read the post


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