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You Might Be a Writer If…

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
A lot of “stuff” has been going on in my life lately. Hard stuff. Heavy stuff. The kind of stuff that just makes me want to write massacre scenes….except I am so brain…

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Choosing a Genre—Anatomy of a Best-Selling Story Part 7

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
Understanding structure helps us write cleaner and faster. Whether we plan every detail ahead of time or just intuitively have the architecture in our head, structure makes the difference between a workable first…

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Look Both Ways Before Crossing (Off) the Year…

(Reprinted and shared with permission from Writing-Word.com)   Coffee on the Deck by Moira Allen January 2, 2015: Look Both Ways Before Crossing (Off) the Year… Tradition has it that the month of January was named for the Roman god … Continue reading

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Why Are Certain Stories Timeless? What Scrooge Can Teach Us About Great Writing

Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
One of my all-time favorite movies for the holidays is The Muppets Christmas Carol. I believe I’ve seen this movie a few hundred thousand times. I’ve worn out three VHS tapes and at least…

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The Story Of Flow

Once upon a time, I wrote a story called FLOW.    I wrote it for a particular editor, of a particular publisher, for a particular anthology.  My respect for this publication was (and still is) immense, and I had it in … Continue reading

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The Great Pumpkin Patch

Originally posted on Plant In The Sun:
One year, I decided to dedicate my vegetable garden to nothing but pumpkin plants.  Since my husband has a bit of a thing about pumpkins (Hubby’s Pumpkin Obsession), I had it in mind…

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Just Like A Friend

This morning I struggled through piles of clutter to find the alarm and shut it off.  I sat on the edge of my bed, the early light from the window spotlighting the top of my bedside dresser.  How had the … Continue reading

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Mr. Romantic

Originally posted on DJ Marcussen:
Hubby and I just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary together.  We celebrated by painting the kitchen window and front door (one of those shades of white). As of this post, it’s already been two days…

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Stuck In The Middle With You – or – I Would Wash My Hands But I Can’t

As I write this, Hubby, Sylvester (our one hundred pound dog), and I are crammed into an 8 by 5 foot square space, surrounded by all manner of home furnishings and separated from the rest of our house by a … Continue reading

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Who Is The Kumquat Thief?

Originally posted on DJ Marcussen:
The bitter cold and weak light of an Illinois winter make growing a kumquat tree outdoors an impossibility.  Indoors, it’s not easy either.  Especially if there’s a thief in your house. If you’ve ever tasted…

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