Before You Write

GET ORGANIZED!  PLAN TO STAY ORGANIZED! Someone should benefit from my twenty-plus years of doing everything the hard way. Way back when I started writing novel-length fiction I’ll be the first to admit I had no idea what I was doing.  I flew by the seat of my pants and…

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Days Like This

Yesterday began with my brilliant idea to teach my husband to brew coffee.  I suggested it would be nice if he occasionally had coffee ready when I came downstairs in the morning instead of waiting for me to make it.  I’m pretty sure this somehow caused a tear in the…

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Job Opportunities Available

Federal Government Job Opportunities will exist for qualified individuals in the next election cycle.  You could be right for one of these jobs!  See partial list of preferred qualifications below: College degree preferred but not required.  We are especially interested in those applicants with law degrees or who have held…

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Picky Reader – 20

For those of you who don’t know, Picky Reader blogs are my comments about books I’ve recently read.  Not reviews and not necessarily recommendations, but if I loved it, I’ll say so. A Crime in the Neighborhood by Suzanne Berne.  A young girl’s perception of events in her neighborhood and…

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Back to “that”

Most publishers have “style sheets” which are guidelines for formatting a manuscript for submission.  They also might have editing guidelines, which they will provide once a manuscript is being prepped for editing.  Copy editing can be a nightmare, by the way.  Every word and sentence is picked over and pulled…

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Interesting Headlines

What’s the most interesting news headline you saw today?  Bonus: Do you read the news every day? Or do you find it not worth your time? Why? #postaweek2011 I think the only headline I saw today was while I was in Red Brick Pizza waiting for my pizza and CNN…

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If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

Not that we want anything to happen to your home. As far as we know it’s perfectly safe and nice. But if it did, and you only had a minute to run in and grab some things, what would you take?  #postaweek2011  I didn’t have to think about this too…

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Algebra Trauma

Describe the worst teacher you ever had.  (I think this should be describe the BEST teacher you ever had.  Or maybe both.) Wow.  The first teacher I thought of was the guy who taught algebra when I was a freshman in high school.  I think he was old then, but…

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Character Development

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WORKSHEET  I have a screenplay writing workbook that I use sometimes to help me define my characters, but I always wondered who I’d be if I were a character in a book.  So based on some of the character development questions asked in the workbook, I’m going to…

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