Monthly Archives: January 2014

Contest Alert

Every day, there are more and more avenues opening up for writers. This makes it easier to get our work out into the world, which is exciting. Sometimes it’s a good idea just to polish up a short story or … Continue reading

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Energy Exchange

Don’t you love it when a friend or family member suggests a book to you that you really enjoy and then you turn around and suggest one that they think is wonderful? When this happens, it’s not just an exchange … Continue reading

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Pump Priming2

“Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.” * Napoleon Hill

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Pump Priming

“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” *
 Napoleon Hill
 We’ve all been there: Our energy and motivation seem to be flagging and our writing starts sagging: We need a boost — something to get our … Continue reading

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Getting Out

Here’s one thing I’ve learned: getting out and about is something we authors and aspiring authors need to do from time to time if we’re going get to the next level, not just in terms of the craft of writing, … Continue reading

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I’m Gobsmacked

Gobsmacked — just love this word! It means “astonished” or “flabbergasted.” I heard it the other night on a fascinating TV show about Sherlock Holmes and was positively gobsmacked to learn that there have been over 100 different Sherlock Holmes … Continue reading

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Upcoming Contests

Just to keep us all on our toes and actively pursuing our writing and publishing goals, I’ve gathered some information on several contests that might be of interest: The Anhinga Press Robert Dana Prize for Poetry: This prize is offered … Continue reading

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Snow Day

One of the books that my beloved sister Judy adored when she was a kid was called Snowbound with Betsy. I don’t remember exactly what the story was, but I do know that Judy really enjoyed it. And whenever I … Continue reading

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BookBaby Alert

It’s always exciting to come across an announcement about a new service for authors that promises to make our lives easier and also help us share what we’ve written more efficiently. That’s why I’m passing on some helpful information about … Continue reading

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Try Chekhov

“Writers are often lonely obsessives, especially the literary ones. It’s nice to be told what we write is of social value. However, I would still write even if novels were useless.” Louise Erdrich Mmmm: “lonely obsessives” — I’m not quite … Continue reading

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