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What I’m Doing to Regain My Wri...

What I’m Doing to Regain My Writing Confidence

I have a friend who recently wrote a post about having a friend who is looking to her for writing advice. Hmmm. That sounds entirely familiar. Wonder who that “friend” is? And her post was all about bootstrapping. That is, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps and doing it yourself. I agree with that. I […]

WRITING UPDATE: What Am I Focusing On...

WRITING UPDATE: What Am I Focusing On Now?

There are two things I’m working on right now to make me a better writer. First, I’ve started reading different story genres than I usually read. Those of you following this blog have already read my review of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. I’ve already read Authority and Acceptance (out in September), the next two books […]

Book Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen K...

Book Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Bill Hodges is a retired policeman who has recently taken to watching daytime trash TV and playing with his father’s revolver. As a lot of retirees feel at first, he feels out of place and useless. But all that changes when he receives a letter in the mail. Months earlier, a grey Mercedes drove into […]

Thoughts Halfway Through Mr Mercedes ...

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Ok, so I’m ACTUALLY supposed to be reading The Best of Gene Wolfe so I can discuss it with DeAnna, but Stephen King always ends up drawing me in. And knowing that he’s got a new book out… well, of course, I’m going to pick it up and read it. I figured, “Hey, it’s Stephen […]

Book Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wend...

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Review originally posted: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 Wow.  THAT was an incredible book.  Blackbirds is a fast-moving, quick-witted story told by the brilliant Chuck Wendig of TerribleMinds.com. If you’re a writer and have never visited Chuck’s website, go now. Don’t worry — we’ll wait. Glad you’re back Miriam has the ability to see how individual […]

HTWAS: I’m Going to Write a Ser...

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On April 24, Holly Lisle will be releasing the first module of her How to Write a Series Expansion course. This course is an expansion to her How to Write a Series course that includes being able to sit down with her (and your other classmates) at the same time and working through the course […]

Review: The Weight of Blood by Laura ...

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

 I received this book through NetGalley. “You grow up feeling the weight of blood, of family. There’s no forsaking kin. But you can’t help when kin forsakes you or when strangers come to be family.” — Birdie, The Weight of Blood Set in the Ozarks in Missouri, the story is about the secrets that can […]

Lessons on the Ground: It’s the...

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Every now and then, I’d like to think I know what the heck I think I’m doing. Wednesday, I went to Mendy’s for a lesson. We loaded up her truck with the saddle, blanket and bridle and headed down to the pasture where he’s at. So what did I go and do? I forgot my […]

Review: Annihilation by Jeff Vanderme...

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When I finally sat down and read Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, I was simply floored. Ever since I put it down, I’ve been bugging the daylights out of Jeff on Facebook, kinda trying to figure out where I can get an ARC of Authority, the second book in the trilogy. I’ve got it on preorder at […]

Go Get Your Horse: Having Your Horse ...

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Last Tuesday, I had another lesson with Leslie. Sometimes it feels as though I’m taking steps backwards in my horse education. Tuesday’s lesson was all about going out and getting your horse.  Well, I can go out and get a horse. I know “how” to catch a horse — I understand the ideas surrounding putting […]

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