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The 9th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

It’s Halloween and time for one of my favorite contests. Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words potion, cobweb and trick.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s […]

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A New Year-A New Beginning

In 2019 – May all your stories even if they start bad, end good.

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The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest

Thank you Susanna Leonard Hill for once again offering your annual Halloweensie contest.  This year’s Halloween stories must be appropriate for children and no more than 100 words. You must use the words cauldron, howl and shiver.  Please check out the below link for the full rules to Susanna’s contest and the wonderful entries. The 8th Annual Halloweensie Contest […]

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Rhythm and Rhyme

I have been absent from blogging for several months as I have been working on my latest story written in verse. Today however I came across sad news that one of the true geniuses of meter and rhyme has passed away. Jean Marzollo,  Author of more than 150 books.  Among these books a series which […]

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The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest

The 7th Annual Halloweensie Writing Contest hosted by Susanna Leonard Hill. The Contest: write a 100 word Halloween story appropriate for children (children here defined as 12 and under) (title not included in the 100 words).  You must use the words candy corn, monster and shadow.  Here is my entry below: The Candy Corn Monster […]

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Fall Poems

Fall is my favorite time of year.  While I work on my cozy mysteries, I thought I would share a poem I have written in between edits.  Enjoy! Apple cider, pumpkins and festivals galore Fall is knocking on the door Come in my old friend and let me partake Before winter arrives and I put […]

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Start A Story

Where do you get inspiration from? How do you start a story? I find my creative juices flow with a great opening line. Below are some opening lines I have thought of. Let’s hide it in here, no one has been in here for eight years. Brandon Schmidt wanted to be popular in the worst way. […]

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A Writer’s Week

Mondays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more. Tuesdays are for writing. Sit down, write, write some more. Wednesdays are for … (you get it..) Thursdays are for editing. Sit down, drink coffee and edit. Fridays are for writing. See above. Saturdays are for writing AND snacking on chocolate. Sundays are for writing, reading, […]

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Query Organization

While we are all sure that the first agent or editor we query will fall in love with our writing and immediately sign us, the truth is, we may have unorganized file folders, notebooks, charts, post-its and other jotted down notes for queries we have made for our beloved writing. What is the best way to […]

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Where to Publish?

You’ve spent countless lonely hours writing. Taken numerous classes. Revised and revisited. Enlisted the help of critique partners. Your polished manuscript is finally ready. Where do you send it?  Should you be agented?  How do you gain an agent’s interest?  Should you self-publish?  How do you go about doing that? Your mind spins with questions. The […]

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