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Mar.06.2014
"Get up," came the command. I recognized the voice.  I didn't appreciate his tone.  I snuggled into the covers, adjusting Quinn, the black paw feline, against the side of my chest where he'd taken refuge.  Tucking himself up tighter into a ball, he released a gentle hum. "Get up,"...
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Feb.28.2014
I left off my writing yesterday with a chapter finished.  Walking home, the first line of the next chapter came to me:  “Everyone was talking about ‘the girl’ on Monday.”  With that first line as my anchor, I took off on a writing streak today.  At seventy-five pages, not...
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Feb.19.2014
Decided to shift the emphasis in the novel in progress, Life Lessons with Savanna.  Although remaining a cozy in style, I'm focusing more on the main character and his mystery, rather than the murder and its investigation and resolution.  The two stories run in parallel but I've grown...
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Feb.13.2014
When to stop is often a problem with me.  I've been typing.  I've finished a key scene.  Doing so is energizing and rewarding but also stimulating.  Another critical step in the plot has been completed.  I want to go on. Alas, the coffee is gone.  I've been here for...
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Feb.12.2014
Ah, rain.  Thank the fates it's falling in Ashland because we need it.  Rain played the roof like Keith Moon thorugh the night, letting up this morning but still drenching my coat as I walked.  Mists and fogs hide the mountains. Fun day of writing.  The cozy novel storms on....
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Feb.11.2014
How the writing days accumulate.  It's not orderly, though, not for me.  I write every day but the stack of writing days is a helter skelter topsy turvy structure.  It's also a sanctuary.  I'm pleased to have it. Out there in The Real World of the Internet the other day was an...
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Feb.10.2014
Part of visualizing a writing project for me involves coming up with a working title.  That's typically not what the final title is when I submit it somewhere but having that working title helps me encapsule the story's scope and arc.  Usually a working title comes to me very quickly. Not...
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Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...
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Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...
christopher-cudworth's picture
Feb.05.2014
The battle on where to site the Presidential Library of Barack Obama has begun. Hyde Park and the University of Chicago are vying for the opportunity to host the library and the attention that goes with it. The argument for the South Side of Chicago is a convincing one. Obama has roots there as a...