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Aack! It’s January again.

Yes, I was awake for Christmas and conscious for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and I did change my calendar, but the realization that it’s January 2017 is quite a shock. I was so busy getting ready for the holidays … Continue reading

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Spring!

I’m early. I know. But the temps are in the fifties and even my fall jacket is much too warm. Yesterday Culvers put out their patio furniture and today Mom and I sat on it while we sipped hot coffee and … Continue reading

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Oops! Good intentions aren’t enough.

Robert Burns said it well: The best laid plans of mice and men err oft and go astray. (He didn’t actually say it like that, but the Scottish version has so many apostrophes that I prefer this corruption.) My goal … Continue reading

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September: new beginnings

Celebration time! September always feels like the time for new beginnings. Probably because of going to school as a student, teaching, and watching my kids head to school in the fall. I’m sure the stacks of notebooks and pencils in stores inviting words written by … Continue reading

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Confusion reigns!

Oh my. I seem to be tearing myself apart by stretching my mind in too many directions at the same time. 1. There’s the novel ~ new ways to tweek it pop up on a regular basis. 2. There’s my … Continue reading

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Connecting with readers..

At last! My women’s novel is ready for first readers. The words of Gustave Flaubert offer comfort as I wonder if my critique partners will connect with my characters. Everything one invents is true, you can be sure of that. Beyond a … Continue reading

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Stepping back for a better view

This morning I’m avoiding rereading the complete first draft — well, really the second draft because I’ve been through the ***first drift — of my women’s novel. After working on it for months, I’ll admit to being a little disenchanted. … Continue reading

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