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Snow Showers in May and Mother’s Day

In Northwestern, PA, we had snow flurries today.  We had a trace amount in 2017, but the last recorded accumulating snowfall in my city occurred in May of 1925 and in 1966, we had 3.1 inches. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for sunny, warm weather. What can we do indoors on […]

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Coming to Print

2019 was a busy year!  I am excited to announce that a collection of my short cozy mysteries will be coming out in the Fall of 2020 published by Flying Ketchup Press. As we progress toward publication, I will post editing updates, sneak peeks and announcements regarding where and when my book will be available. […]

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Cozy Book Review

For a second time, I was lucky to win a free book from katiescottagebooks.com A huge “Thank you” goes out for this giveaway.  If you haven’t checked out her blog, click on the link above. This is my first read of this author and also my first Amish mystery.  The book centers around a small […]

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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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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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Logline / Tagline

Motivated by discussion and information gathered from the wonderful writers in my biweekly critique group I took upon myself the task of writing a logline and a tagline for my current manuscript (short story-mystery).  Below are some tips for what is needed to write a good (great) logline.  I gladly pass it along. Logline vs. Tagline Logline – one to two sentence description […]

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My Writing Journey – A Hobby, A Passion, A New Career

A good friend recently told me not to dwell on yet another rejection of my current manuscript.  She said “It is only a hobby. Not your career.” If I would have kept a journal of my writing path, it would read something like this: I am invited to a creative writing class by a close […]

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My Free Time

In every effort to become a better writer, I spend a good deal of my free time writing.    To make the most of this time, I have implemented several recent changes – I have devoted a room strictly for writing and like a daily job, have a set schedule. While writing, I do not deviate […]

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