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Where to Begin?

I’ve been plugging away on my work-in-progress. It’s a contemporary romance novel that I’ve been revising for (hand-covering-mouth-mumble) much too long for a work intended as light entertainment. Let’s just say, it’s not War and Peace. I have two problems with this process. It takes forever. It never ends. Although those might appear to be …

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The Coffee Table Quest

The search to replace a coffee table inspired me to demonstrate my understanding of basic story structure. Why? What seemed like a simple task-go to the store, choose one, request delivery-morphed into an extended challenge. (I admit the story may be more soap opera than literary fiction, but anyway…) The Beginning: According to Aristotle, and …

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How will my story end?

This might sound morbid, but have you ever wondered what will kill you? I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but I did recently celebrate another birthday. The years are adding up. I’m somewhere between the take-me-to-the-bar year, and (fingers crossed) the what’s-your-secret-for-living-so-long interview. How will my story end? This might sound morbid, but have you …

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Homeowner Stress

I have a new washer and dryer! Yea! (Enters laundry area with basket of towels. Peers at dials, electronic settings, soap dispenser. Brow furrows.) Wait a minute, how do these things work? I search frantically for the instruction manual. I might as well of purchased a new phone, upgraded my software, or bought LED light …

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Delusions of Grandeur

Are you a musical virtuoso or a shower-only crooner? Even if we don’t know flats from sharps, we recognize the difference between ear-pleasing tones and sour notes. Many people consider their singing voices to be, let’s say, more harmonious than they sound. Sure, we could improve. We could put in a little extra practice on …

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The Write Habit

As a stay-at-home person, I maintain a to-do list in my brain. I update it as new things pop up to be done. Unlike someone with a “real” job, I don’t ever get away from the office. I’m here twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (Okay, I do get out occasionally, but you …

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A Work in Progress

Breaking news…the rewrite of my novel isn’t completed yet. That’s not the announcement I expected to make at this point. I hoped to be further along in the process, but my progress has been painstakingly slow. I recently read the book Finished, Give Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jon Acuff. If you read my …

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Troll

Trolls

If you look for a troll in Seattle, you’ll find a statue by Steve Badanes under the Fremont bridge. It attracts tourists, ride-share bikes, and other random/weird photo props. Want a look? Check it out here. Fun, right? Internet trolls are not fun. Sometimes I’m shocked by the negative comments that pop up on the …

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