Word Clouding

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I loved creating collages as a kid.  Going through magazines or catalogs to find pictures and words.  Picking out the right color of construction paper, so my treasured finds would be visible.  Glueing the little pieces of paper.  Then hoping my masterpiece didn’t curl up too much on the ends when it was dry.  Oh – the smell of […]

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Writing is an Art

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Every month, I take at least one writing workshop so I can add more tools to my Writer’s Toolbox.   After all, one can’t just sit down, write a book and then voila, it’s a publishable piece of work.  In actuality – it’s almost certainly a piece of crap.  And then after writing and rewriting and […]

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Meeting Simone Elkeles

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I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Simone Elkeles, and NY Times bestselling author of Perfect Chemistry      and Rules of Attraction    and… well I could list all her titles, but why don’t you just go check out her awesome website.  Isn’t the animation cool? Anywhooo, late last year, Ms. Elkeles did a school […]

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Friday Morning Rambling

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Friday is one of my favorite days of the week. There’s a circular reference with the name… Fri-day – as in French Fries, my favorite food. French – the language spoken in my favorite city – Paris. Paris – also called The City of Lights. Lights – as in Christmas. Christmas – my favorite holiday. […]

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Back from Hiatus

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Sometime in November, my kids charged into my office while I was plucking away on my keyboard. “You’re always working on your computer,” said my seven year old. “Or your book,” the nine year old chimed in. “You never play with us.” What I didn’t hear, but could see in their eyes and hear in […]

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A Little Something New

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How about an update on the WIP?  I’ve re-visioned during the editing phase, which is taking a lot of work.  My brain is overloaded with my characters and plotting and trying to spoil their perfectly happy lives.  Feedback from some CPs have indicated that I need more conflict, which has resulted in new scenes and […]

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A Note on Writing Male POV

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First a word of caution.  There is a long preface to the point of my post, so please stick with me.  I promise; my rambling is worth it.  So…my seven year old son is playing 6-7 year old football in the local youth league.  The kids are assigned to teams based on which high school […]

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Book Review: PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles

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Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles will make you fall in love with contemporary YA.  The story, told in alternating POV of Alex, a Latino member of a gang in the suburbs of Chicago and Brittany, the All-American girl who appears to have it all.   For the first few chapters, I didn’t like Alex.  He was […]

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Book Review: THE DEATHDAY LETTER by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Imagine a world where impending death was announced by a Deathday Letter.  When it was your time to go, you’d receive a letter telling you that within twenty-four hours, you’d be dead.  What would you do with that time?  This book is about fifteen year old Ollie Travers and what he does with his last […]

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The Delinquency Continues

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Sorry.  The blog has to take a backseat to fulfilling my job as a wife, mom, the day job and my volunteering.  It also has to take a backseat to editing my novel and other writerly tasks – like reading a superbly awesome book called Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.  And another great book called […]

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