CategoryTouch of Insanity

The Highlighter-Infused Crazy List Maker

   My lists went from plain and boring tofun and rainbow-colored. I bet you were wondering who I might’ve been referring to by that title. *raises hand* Yup, that’s me. And I’m willing bet this is some of you as well. Though you might lean more towards the “list” part of that title and not the “highlighter-infused crazy”, am I right? 😉 I’m as guilty as ever for being so far OCD that I not only make To Do […]

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Gits and Shiggles

Happy Hump Day!  Wednesday. The middle of the week. The moment where you often think only two more days to go and then it’s the weekend!   This is the point in the work week where I often look to laughter to help me finish out the week. So I wanted to share some of what makes me laugh. No matter how many times I see these clips (and the TV episodes and/or movies they’re from), I can’t help but laugh. Almost instantaneously, […]

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Disappearing Acts and Amazing News

This is our eldest cat, Dusty. Ain’t he cute? 🙂 Can anyone tell me what happened to the month of November? I feel as though it managed to arrive, but the month didn’t take its shoes off, kick its feet on the coffee table and stay a while. November barely stepped its foot in the door before it disappeared and December came running in. Or is this just me? 🙂 So…. yes, I kinda disappeared on everyone last week. And […]

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Writing Resource – Movie Firearms Database

I know I’m not the only person who, after watching a wicked action flick, has said to themselves: “Daaaaamn…. I really want one of those guns!” Truth be told, I find myself saying something along those lines at least three or four times per movie. More if it’s a damn good movie. *grin* Last month, the hubby and I watched The Expendables 2, and this was one such movie where I didn’t just want to have one of the weapons […]

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The Key to Surviving NaNoWriMo: Don’t “Should” Yourself, Don’t Stress, Have Fun

Are all my fellow NaNoWriMo-ers out there having fun yet? I know I am…. *grin* Here’s how much fun I’ve been having: On day 1 of NaNo: I didn’t get any writing done. I had a personal appointment after work that lasted until the middle of the evening, and between putting food in my belly and getting my weekly mash-up of writing links together, my muse decided it was safer to stay in his corner and drink his Grey Goose. […]

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Goin’ Dark For a While…

Photo by: Karyl Cunningham Well, the time has come again to stop, breath, and refill that fountain of creativity. So for the month of October, I’ll be taking a blogging break. I’ll definitely be around though – this definitely won’t be a break from all social media. 😉Happy October, Happy Writing & Happy Reading, everyone! Melinda No related posts.

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How to Write 5k In a Day

Photo by: Kristin Nador Recently, I began drafting a new WIP. While I technically wanted to wait until this final round of edits was complete on Destiny Awakened so I could begin the querying process, this story and its characters refused to let me move forward on anything until I gave them some drafting attention. And by drafting attention, I mean getting 5k down in one day, followed by another 5k, and another, and another. Before I knew it, I’d […]

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The Emotion Thesaurus: Got Fear? – Guest Post by Angela Ackerman

Ever wondered if your characters are showing their fear the right way? Well, you’re in luck! ‘Cause today I’m incredibly excited to present to you The Emotion Thesaurus entry of FEAR, brought to us from the wonderful and amazing Angela Ackerman! There just aren’t enough words to describe Angela! Hmm…. let’s see… she’s one-half of the The Bookshelf Muse (which is another must-follow blog for me), she’s incredibly kind, awesome, so much fun to chat and work with, funny, full […]

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How to Get Back to *You*

Photo Credit Writers juggle a lot on a daily basis. Whether we’re aiming for traditional or self-publishing success, or simply writing for our personal enjoyment, we tend to carry ten or more hats in our back pockets while juggling fifty of those neon yellow tennis balls – all at once! Between the spouse and the family, the friends, the dayjob, our characters and their stories, editing, rewriting, editing and rewriting again and again, writers really do attempt to juggle a […]

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When Writers are Disappointed

  I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted. And usually, regardless of what’s going on in personal life, I always either post an update or at least put together a weekly mash-up of writing posts on Fridays.   However…..   During these last two weeks of what I’ll simply refer to lovingly as ‘life at its best’, I have been tested and pushed to my absolute max. I literally feel as though I’ve been beaten, shattered, shaken, and […]

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