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Thanksgiving Traditions

Even if your family serves a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, I bet there is at least one dish that makes your holiday celebration unique. You don’t have to take my word for it, just remember that first Thanksgiving away from home. What was missing? Unless that dish is served, it’s not Thanksgiving. For me that special food …

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To Increase Word Count, Lose the Attitude

I recognize attitude when I see it, a teenager’s eye roll, a cat’s saunter, a waiter’s dismissive shrug. So, I received an unpleasant surprise when I evaluated my year-to-date writing progress. Instead of a completed novel, I found a big pile of ATTITUDE. I’ve written several posts about finishing my novel. (See here and here.) …

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Set That Clock!

I reset my clocks on Saturday. A simple action that added an hour to my week. If I did that daily, I might complete my annual goal list, the uber-ambitious January plan. Instead, Halloween has already crept by, and Thanksgiving is lurking outside my front door. (That’s Christmas skulking on the street corner. Don’t believe …

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I’m Learning!

On a scale from novice to expert, how would you rate your technology expertise? Are you a Neanderthal or Einstein? Although I’d never be mistaken for a software genius, I’d peg myself a few notches above clueless. I’ve learned to download an app, send a text or an email, and navigate social media. I love …

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Smack into Fall

This morning when the alarm rang, my bedroom was dark. Pitch dark. I got up before the sun bothered to rise. It’s not because my wake-up time changed, it’s because autumn arrived. According to the calendar, it’s the correct time for the fall season. After all, as George R. R. Martin points out in Game …

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