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I am a journalist/photographer/writer, and now a facilitator of a creative writing program.

My photography is eclectic and evolving and ranges from wilderness landscapes to photo-journalism of local events.

I have published three romance novels with an environmental subplots. My first e-published novel, Spirit Bear, was release January 1, 2010. My second entitled, Eagleridge Bluffs, came out March 1, 2010. The third was published on November 15, 2010 and is entitled Not Wonder More, Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients.

You can read an excerpt from these books and/or purchase them at www.devinedestinies.com

My fourth novel, ‘The Big Picture’, is about a young photographer and how she uses her camera to try expose the insidious and pervasive influence of the narco-dollars on everyday life and people.

A decision will soon be made (more by fate than be design) as to whether to attempt to have it published traditionally or go the self-publishing route.

I blog on ‘writing – the experience’ at
http://rodraglin.wordpress.com/

You can follow my latest wip, Forest Primeval (working title) at
http://wattpad.com/RodRaglin

  • Joined: July 2009

Journal

Are writers born or made?

Are writer’s born or made? / Can anyone become a writer, specifically a writer of fiction, or is the proclivity to writing an innate characteristic? / This is a question I often ask myself, particularly when participants in my creative writing circles ask for writing prompts or inquire where to find story ideas. As if the life you live and all the people you interact with are not material enough…
Posted about 5 years – Leave a comment

Leaving genre

“If reading a story is like taking a trip, then the literary novel or short story is adventure travel: we don’t know when and how we’ll eat or sleep, we have only a glimmer of where we’re going, and we usually end up dirty, startled, disillusioned, or exhilarated. We’re hitchhiking, backpacking, taking the third-class train, and getting to know the countryside. In the end, we know both ours…
Posted over 7 years – Leave a comment

Eagleridge Bluffs - five years later the injustice still resonates

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. / - Martin Luther King / The B.C. Court of Appeal recently dismissed an argument by 82 year-old environmentalist, Betty Krawczyk, that her 10-month …
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Why I critique

The best way I’ve found to become a better writer is to have my work critiqued by other writers. It can be painful, disappointing, even infuriating but it’s been absolutely essential for me and contributed immensely to the small measure of success I’ve had. / It’s ironic that the best advice is also the least expensive. The price of a critique is paid in time not cash, which makes it…
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