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2015 is Slipping Away . . . Getting Ready for 2016

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Time Management, Writing in General | Comments Off on 2015 is Slipping Away . . . Getting Ready for 2016

2015 is Slipping Away . . . Getting Ready for 2016

I just checked the calendar and noticed that it is a mere ten days until Christmas.

And a week after that is New Year’s Eve . . . that time of year to begin making resolutions and goals for 2016.

Fortunately for me, I had an early nudge from my instructor, Kristen Fulton of Nonfiction Archaeology, who asked each of her students to set up goals for 2016.

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Telling versus Showing

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Telling versus Showing

Telling versus Showing

I had an epiphany today.

With an increased workload, some days I have more to do than there are hours to accomplish the work. Because this happens on a regular basis, I look for ways to increase my productivity and my satisfaction in the writing I produce.

On Monday my instructor and my critique group said, “you’re telling, not showing…”

And we all know how big a mistake that is.

The idea is to SHOW . . .

. . . not tell.

Right?

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How Querying an Agent is Like Dating

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Getting an Agent, Writing a Book | Comments Off on How Querying an Agent is Like Dating

How Querying an Agent is Like Dating

I’m a mom, and I have three kids who are of an age where they would really, really, really like to meet someone to spend the rest of their lives with…

OK perhaps just the rest of the month, or the year with, but I’m sure you get the idea.

In order to find someone special, you have to

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Immediate Reset for a Bad Day

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Personal Story, Writing in General, Your Hook | Comments Off on Immediate Reset for a Bad Day

Immediate Reset for a Bad Day

OK, I didn’t really have a bad day, but I know that when I do have a bad day, what happened tonight would have immediately reset everything.

My daughter said, “I need to make vegan chile for the pot-luck at work tomorrow.”

“Let’s start the beans in the crockpot.”

“We need a smaller crockpot.”

I headed into the other room to get a smaller crockpot.

My daughter screamed at the top of her lungs:

“MOM! GET BACK!”

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NaNoWriMo

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Writing a Book, Writing in General | Comments Off on NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo

Yes, it’s November.

Usually November means the holidays are coming, that means cleaning, decorating, food preparation, family, friends, parties, and gatherings.

Unless, that is, you are a writer.

When you’re a writer, you have developed a rather unusual malady…

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Brainstorming – Using a Bad Day

Posted by on Nov 7, 2014 in Personal Story, Picture Books, Writing in General | 2 comments

Brainstorming – Using a Bad Day

When the phone rang last evening around 5, I wasn’t quite prepared to hear my daughter saying, “Mommy,” in a voice that sounded like she was five again and afraid of the dark.

Immediately my heart plummeted, I sat up straight and said, “Are you OK?”

“Everything’s fine, I’m OK. OK, no, everything’s not fine, but I am OK.”

I taught my kids a long time ago to not keep me in suspense,

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The Art of Brainstorming

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing a Book, Writing in General | Comments Off on The Art of Brainstorming

The Art of Brainstorming

November seems to be a favorite month for writers to challenge themselves in some way.

NaNoWriMo was the first one I was aware of and I have participated in that challenge more years than not ever since it started. I haven’t done much with the manuscripts created, but the very act of writing daily, developing characters, story, back story, arc for both story and characters will never, EVER hurt your writing career!

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Participating in PiBoIdMo

Posted by on Nov 2, 2014 in Picture Books | Comments Off on Participating in PiBoIdMo

Participating in PiBoIdMo

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The Not So Great Escape

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing a Book | Comments Off on The Not So Great Escape

The Not So Great Escape

I’m deep in the midst of my research of the 1944 escape attempt of 25 German POWs from Papago Park POW camp in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona.

What an ironic situation for Papago Park deep in the Sonoran Desert to be home to a multitude of German U-Boat captains and crew.

As if it weren’t enough of a joke, the map stolen by some of the German prisoners showed the Gila River as a river leading to the Colorado.

Everyone in Arizona knew that most rivers on the map were either dry river beds or nothing more than

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Getting Into the Subconscious Mind

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Into the Subconscious Mind

Getting Into the Subconscious Mind

We aren’t supposed to know this, but our subconscious/unconscious mind plays a huge role in our ability to be creative. Do you recall the last time you were involved in a creative project and when you “came to” you realized that the entire day had slipped away? That’s when our subconscious mind has hijacked our brain in a very good way. It can do so in negative ways too.

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