Desert Nights Rising Stars ASU Writing Conference Moment

Been busy making writing connections. Perhaps a post about writing conferences is due later this week. This tweet and photo by writer Kevin S. Moul, official Piper House Photographer. Pictured: Renee and writer Susan Pohlman, workshop instructor and author of Halfway to Each Other.

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What Handheld Devices Have Done to Family TV Viewing

TV when I was a kid was a different animal than today. Sure, it had its detractors and proponents, but what it didn’t have was 24-7 programming—anything you can imagine watching and then some—at your fingertips in your pocket. We’ve … Continue reading

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What Ever Happened to Just Dropping By?

Why has just dropping by to visit someone fallen by the wayside?  Is it a generational thing?   Something that my over-studious, YUPified,*  helicopter-parenting,* research-before-purchasing* generation nixed? (*guilty as charged) That said, being on the receiving end of a mid day … Continue reading

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The Color Red: Sex and Symbols in a Literary Reading of Olive Kitteridge

The color red has long been used across cultures and time to symbolize love, lust, sexuality and intimacy. Author Elizabeth Strout delicately, almost imperceptively weaves the color red throughout her novel called Olive Kitteridge. That Olive is a retired teacher … Continue reading

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Writing Market Readiness Tip: Categorize and Log Your Material

Writing a book is an exercise in delayed gratification. Especially the way I did it— –without stopping to publish excerpts or any related stories, which means I spent a whole lotta time on my craft and not a lot of … Continue reading

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Home Remedy a la Agave

“A shot of tequila is the answer…” to just about anything that ails me, according to my husband. Leaning over the railing about to lose my dinner to the stingrays swirling below in the marina, the last thing I could … Continue reading

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Around the Bend in Panama.

Have you ever come upon a scene in your travels and wondered how did that _________ (insert noun) get there? I wondered about the bike and if the rider would outride the brewing tropical storm. Casco Viejo & Panama City, … Continue reading

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Stripping Away Front Story to Get to the Back… Story

Other than a popular murder mystery series written by Robert B. Parker and part of great website by Windy Lynn Harris backstory can be described largely as: “a story that tells what led up to the main story or plot … Continue reading

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Scene Revision Sample: Meeting Dog Musher Willie George

Frankly, writers are nuts. Who else would spend an hour revising a page? But, that’s what my measurement was last week in revising this story I’ve tinkered with over the years. I’ve certainly drastically decreased the amount of revision page … Continue reading

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