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Jul.28.2009
Last month my second Cup of Comfort story came out in the book A Cup of Comfort for the Adoptive Family. In the story, I share the reason I finally went ahead and adopted the Cabana Boy’s three small children, knowing then that they had lifetime issues. Reading through some of the other stories...
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Jun.09.2009
Commitment is a wonderful thing. Whether you’re talking about marriage, a job, a faith, parenthood, any cause–the willingness to commit openly and faithfully is admirable. Especially if it’s unpopular or out of the norm. I applaud those who continue to speak out against vaccines for their children...
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Apr.16.2009
I have wikied. In broad daylight, once. But mostly under cover of night. My new skill for the week *insert fanfare of trumpets here* is that I have become one of the thousands–nay, MILLIONS– of authors of Wikipedia. A few posts ago, I referenced Maquis Universal, a science fiction RPG of which I’...
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Mar.25.2009
There’s a big debate going on over at Pennwriters right now between those who have been published traditionally and those who aren’t about which writers “should” do. The old guard insists that if you want to write novels you must get them to one of the five big houses, get the publicity machine and...
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Feb.23.2009
One of the trends in my life lately has been to divest myself of as much “stuff” as I can, to try to de-clutter and clear the air both literally and figuratively. I’ve subscribed to Real Simple magazine, which has many good ideas (as long as you don’t buy more stuff to sort and store the stuff you...
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Jan.28.2009
Back in the day, I had a diary. (No, children, we did not carve words into stone tablets in those days. Really.) So my original understanding of a blog was that it was just like a diary. Except on the computer, and open to anyone to read. In the past year, I've found that a blog is very different....
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Dec.30.2008
One of the most common pieces of advice given to writers is "Write!" Another is "Read!" I'm currently reading Save the Cat, by  Blake Snyder, which is a book aimed at screenwriters, but applies to fiction writers in general. It's interesting to see the techniques screenwriters...
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Nov.05.2008
During some years of my life, I have been hard-pressed to make myself put words on paper. I've done all the exercises of my Motivated Writers' Life yahoo e-list, hoping to spur the muse, or at least the motivation.  I've read and watched movies and wrestled myself to the ground, hoping for a plot....
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Oct.06.2008
I’m a lucky writer. I participate in two writing groups that are very supportive, both at meeting time and after. One is based in a Unitarian church, and the small group is well-meaning and cheerful, though the members aren’t regularly published; it’s mostly people who like to write for themselves...
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Sep.22.2008
That Chris Baty email in my inbox leaves no doubt–NaNoWriMo is almost here! Each year the folks at NaNo take down the site for a week or so just before new signups, to clean up and clear out the forums. Then October is a steady run of everyone getting their engines ready to roll for November. For...
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Sep.09.2008
Thirty-five years ago, I received my first check for a piece of writing. The Peru Tribune paid me five bucks for a sweet little piece about my grandmother’s Indiana farm. It was hokey as hell. But they printed it. And they paid me. That’s the big dream of a lot of writers–to be able to earn enough...
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Aug.24.2008
“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money.” — Moliere After the joy that was NaNoWriMo last November, when my family and I agreed I could throw everything into those 30 days and write a novel, I’ve worked on many writing projects...
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Aug.06.2008
As a writer friend of mine scolded, “It may be fun to chunk out novel after novel, but until you put in the work to edit, they will never go anywhere!” So I've begun editing the novel I penned in November, during my first experience at NaNoWriMo. (For anyone who hasn’t done this, I highly recommend...
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Jul.30.2008
I remember the days when people used to write something–a novel, a newspaper column, whatever–and it stood. Absent some blatant factual error, what you read was what you got. The same used to be true about what people said, particularly famous people, who speak a lot, in public, with people...
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Jul.23.2008
Some people write for themselves. Their journals or dark poetry or rants help clear their heads and remind themselves where they’ve been. Some people write because it’s a job. They’re technical writers or copy writers, and they churn out words in response to demand to advertise or explain the topic...
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