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This Week in Favs…Is Retiring (For Now)

Photo Credit After a lot of thinking, and thinking, and thinking, I have decided that it’s time for me to temporarily retire my Week in Favs posts. This decision has been in the works for quite a while – since November, actually – and it wasn’t until I read Stina Lindenblatt’s post announcing that she was retiring her Cool Links Friday posts, that I finally decided to retire my post as well. Stina’s reasonings mirror my own, and so once […]

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New Year, New Setting, New Attitude

Happy 2013, everyone! It’s a Work-In-Progress, but here’s y new writing space! It’s been a looong time since I last posted, and while I spent quite a bit of time beating myself up over not doing my weekly posts throughout the holiday season, I also spent a lot of time re-evaluating life in general. From personal, to the day job, to the writing life, I took the time to sit back and re-think – at least when I wasn’t signing […]

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A Writer’s Vocabulary Journal: Owning the Perfect Word

If you’ve ever spent countless amounts of time looking for the perfect word, you’ve probably smacked yourself in the head when it finally came to you.   Most of the time, when I’m banging my head up against a concrete wall, it’s not only because I can’t locate the perfect, but it’s also because my personal vocabulary has become a bit meh. After we leave school, most of us don’t take time every day to look up interesting words we’ve […]

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Writerly Wednesday: Under the Weather Writing–Er, Sleeping

First off, I do apologize for not having a Writing Lessons from the Movies post together and ready for today.  I spent most of the past weekend asleep in bed due to the crud finally managing to knock me down.  And that’s exactly what I’d like to talk about today: What do you do when you’re feeling under the weather?!? If you’re like me – a perfectionist – you can’t even fathom the idea of spending an entire Saturday and […]

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Writerly Wednesday: On 50th Anniversaries and Writing Novels….

My Grandparents on their Wedding Day I recently undertook a large project, and if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may have heard me mention it a few times over the past month or so. My grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past Saturday, and in celebration of this amazing fete, I gathered over 500 photos taken throughout the 50 years that they have been happily married (plus some from their childhoods) and created a DVD video. […]

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Writerly Wednesday: How to Achieve the Big ‘O’…

 Photo Credit Had you goin’ there for a second, didn’t I? But no, I’m not talking about that – I’m referring to that place of Zen for every writer that is commonly known as Organization! While there are many ways to get yourself organized in your writing and the journey to become published, I’m only going to address 3 particular aspects of writerly organization today: 1. Research/Outlining: So you’ve got this killer plot – or a killer character – […]

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This Week in Favs……

Playing on the Zune(mp3): Map of the Problematique by Muse Yup, movin’ and groovin’ to one of my favorite tunes! :0) 10) “And Pretty Words All in a Row: Tightening Your Narrative Voice” on The Other Side of the Story by Janice Hardy. This is one of the hardest parts about editing/revising…but it can also be one of the fun parts. Janice is right, during the drafting process, we tend to think faster than our fingers can type, so we […]

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What’s in Your Toolbox? – A Writer’s Bookshelf

Recently, I did a major overhaul on my writing space. The overhaul allowed me to create some much-needed space on my shelves for books on the craft as well as added space on my physical desktop for the research I’ve been doing on my next idea. This process got me thinking about a writer’s toolbox.   We each have one, but what we carry inside can be vastly different from our fellow writers.   A few of the items I […]

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Song of the Week: Waking the Witch by Kate Bush

This week’s song was not chosen because of Halloween – though it was another awesome reason this song was chosen. This song was ‘mainly’ chosen because it is one of those amazing songs you can get lost in writing to. When I hit ‘play’ on this one, everything fades into the background – all my focus is on what’s in front of me….the characters and their story. Hope you enjoy! **Don’t forget to leave any music/playlist suggestions in the comments. I’m always looking for […]

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