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Backspace

The wastebasket is a writer’s best friend.  ~Isaac Bashevis Singer I hit a hiccup in my latest chapter. I decided to just write through it, hoping to come across some sort of inspiration. I ended up with a page or so of a decent storyline and adequate writing…until I read through it again. The nice thing [...]

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I am Woman, hear me roar!

If you are going to have a female character who is real and believable, she, at some point in story, has to have a breakdown. That is my new rule of thumb. It has to be something that makes you laugh at her irrationality and lets you smile secretly to yourself as you remember a [...]

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Field research

For my husband’s summer work party, we all got to go down to the Rockin’ R Ranch in Antimony, UT (shameless plug). As we were packing up the car to head home, my 4 year old said, “Mom, I think that we should probably move to this house soon.” Sometimes I wonder how I’d do [...]

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Did you catch that?

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.  ~Author Unknown Here is why editors have jobs: In my bio, I had a typo. My angel of a sister let me know it was there – at the beginning. But even with that hint, I had to read through it sixteen times before I finally [...]

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Nemesis

I hereby declare that the super-villan in my next book will be….floating poop! An enemy so formidable that my 18 month old, who once would spend hours in the tub, is now terrified of water. To get her to stand in the tub is pretty bad. To get her to sit in the tub is [...]

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Where there is book being written, there is a writer with a headache.

What do you do when you don’t know what happens next? I know where I’m going, but I have no idea how to get there. The term ‘writer’s block’ is by far the most under-stated conundrum this side of the Himalayas. I’m sure they have a better way of putting it on the other side.

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Laundry

Laundry is one of life’s viscous cycles. I may even go as far as declaring it the bane of my existence. I would love to write a paragraph about the depth of my dislike, but alas…I cannot find the words. Plus, I have about 10 loads that are sitting on my bed waiting to be [...]

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Top 10 Books

This started as my top 10, but I can’t have only 10. So this is my list, in no particular order, of my favorite books – I’ll let you know how many there are after I’m done listing them. 1. While Still We Live – Helen MacKinnes 2. Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine 3. [...]

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First tip in writing…

I wrote the perfect paragraph last night. It was genius! It was epic! It was in my head! Silly me decided that I could do more – make it better. So, I didn’t write it down. You don’t write things down until you have them right…right? Wrong. I have now forgotten my perfect paragraph. I [...]

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