Category Archives: Writing

Next Level Basic

I was cool with being basic. Now I’m cooler being Next Level Basic. Next Level Basic, #NLB, is a best seller by Stassi Schroeder, an author, reality TV star, and podcaster. Being Next Level Basic is about having fun and … Continue reading

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Forensics Camp

Some friends and I recently attended a four week Forensics Camp through the Rock Valley College Continuing Education program. They sucked me in by appealing to my authorial sense of wonder. As in, I wondered how I could work these … Continue reading

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Contemporary Relevance

Contemporary Relevance…the idea that a word, phrase, or cultural reference is no longer broadly understood. This subject has come up a lot lately. For instance, we were watching a show where they said, Kumbaya. With origins dating back to 1926, … Continue reading

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The Art and Exercise of Short Stories

Last October, I was supposed to speak at an Author Fair. My chosen topic was, The Art and Exercise of Short Stories. I was unable to attend (you can probably guess why). Recently reinvigorated by DAWG meetings, I’m inspired to … Continue reading

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3 Sentence Review: The Line

I thought the themes of Southern magic, romance, and humor were entertainingly woven into an engaging story and I was happy to discover this is book one in a four book series. I ‘read’ it on audio and the narrator, … Continue reading

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Is it Chilly in here or is that just a Draft?

It’s a spectacular feeling to get through an entire story idea.Beginning, middle, and end, BOOM! written down.I have many partial first drafts.Many. It’s very drafty in here. Brrrr. (a little writer’s humor that might be funnier if I didn’t live … Continue reading

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Calories and Pages

I had a couple of readers ask me why I bothered to finish The Burnt House if I disliked it so much. Seems like a fair question. I have a multi-part response: First, I don’t read like I used to. … Continue reading

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3 Sentence Reviews

I want to share my thoughts on the books, television series, and movies that I read and watch, but I realize you’re probably bombarded with reviews already. I mean, everybody is binging in one form or another. And everybody has … Continue reading

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Happy New Year!

Hopefully this year will be too, too amazing. Get it? ’22. We are SO due. Last year at this time, I stepped away from the weekly blog post to focus on getting other writerly things done. My word for the … Continue reading

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READ ME!

It’s that time of year again, Spooky Showcase time! For the fourth year, I contributed to Jolene Haley‘s collection of thrilling short stories posted daily throughout the month of October. This year’s theme was These Deadly Curses and was hosted … Continue reading

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