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Another Agatha

When most of us hear “Agatha” in conjunction with mysteries, we think “Christie”, which is why many more recent writers harken back to that name in their own mystery works. Once again, I started a series of M.C. Beaton stories, … Continue reading

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Sleepless in Michigan

Our resident hound asked, “What’s the bravest / scariest thing you’ve ever done?” I had to really puzzle over this one. I’m not a person who likes to take chances, and I avoid things that don’t make me feel safe … Continue reading

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KISS Your Bios

Months ago I offered this question:Do you enjoy reading about other writers, their bios and writing processes? Once again, my fellow bloggers here added a fresh element that I did not foresee, in as much as most addressed ‘biographies’ in … Continue reading

Posted in advice, author interview, autobiographies, biographies, careers, creativity, editing, experiences, helping others, how to write, imagination, inspiration, Life, lifestyles, Miscellaneous, Preparing for writing, Random thoughts, short biographies, The Author Life, Tonette Joyce, writers | 6 Comments

ODDBALLS’ HALL

My sister had a quirky friend who was trying to describe where something was in a nearby town. It was next to the “Oddfellows’ Hall” but she didn’t really know about them and said that the place was “next to … Continue reading

Posted in America, big plans, blessings, careers, creativity, Daily life, Dealing with stress, decisions, experiences, Family, food, Friendship, helping others, hobbies, imagination, Life, Lists, marriage, new skills, self-improvement, shopping, Tonette Joyce, using talents, weather | Tagged , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Looking Back

    THIS WEEK:  At some point in your past, was there a year – or a significant period of time – that you consider your “favorite” time (or, at least, one of your favorites)? What was going on? I put … Continue reading

Posted in advice, America, authors, battles, big plans, blessings, careers, creativity, Daily life, Dealing with stress, decisions, experiences, Family, friends, helping others, hobbies, imagination, Life, Miscellaneous, movies, new skills, poetry, procrastination, self-improvement, Tonette Joyce, youth | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

I Can Do This!

The past two years have been challenging for most of us in several ways. Some challenges were temporary, and others seem to be permanent. Some have caused hardships, but others made us stronger. I posed this question to my fellow … Continue reading

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Up My Alleyn

(I wrote a view and it was good, but I when I cut, it did not paste, so now I must do this work in haste.) If you log into YouTube, they make many suggestions based on your watch history. … Continue reading

Posted in advice, audiobooks, authors, awards, book series, Books, careers, characters, childhood, classics, creating scenes, Dealing with stress, experiences, Family, foreign publications, imagination, inspiration, Mystery stories, novels, protagonists, reading, series, time management, Tonette Joyce, using talents, writers | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

Review: “What IF”

I was looking for something a little intelligent, but lighter than what I had been listening to, while working around the house, and Randall Monroe’s “What If” filled the bill.  Monroe is a trained physicist and a short-time former contract … Continue reading

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Creative Control

“What is the most important thing you learned after completing your first book?” That being a writer is nothing like I expected it to be. Again, as I said last week when asked about publishing a first book, the “I … Continue reading

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Writing May Not Be Written Down

This Week: Can you picture yourself ever stopping writing (creatively)… and thinking, “Nah, I’m tired of writing. Maybe I’ll do something else.” Short answer? No. I know that everyone who has been here for any time knows that I wrote … Continue reading

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