Category Archives: Compilations

Guest Authors: Members of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group and Lost and Found

I’ve mentioned the support I get from fellow members of my local writing groups. Last summer, while the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group discussed fund-raising ideas, someone came up with the idea of publishing an anthology. Author Diana Lloyd, a … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Rue Allyn and Wait for Me (from the Storm and Shelter Anthology)

I’ve mentioned before that most of the books I read and review are written by people I’ve met, either face-to-face or through online groups. Rue Allyn is a former member of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America (MMRWA), … Continue reading

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Cut and Paste

Get it? “Condensed” versions had ‘extra scenes’. EXTRA. I have read many a tedious book or parts that I skimmed through, (Elaine mentioned “War and Peace” earlier in the week; I could not have cared less from which direction Napoleon … Continue reading

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Please Read Part of My Book!

Our resident hound asked, “How would you feel if Reader’s Digest abridged one of your novels? What reservations (if any) might you have? My parents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and I remember spending lots of time … Continue reading

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Guest Tim Germain and “The Customs of Christmas”

Today, I bring you something interesting for the the beginning of the holiday season, as many people are starting their Christmas celebrations early this year. I also believe that with so many writers reading this blog, and Christmas being a … Continue reading

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If the Boot Fits…

This week we have been re-imagining fairy tales. Most of the fairy-tale known widely in America are originally German, because of the Grimm Brothers, who traveled throughout their part of Europe collecting, and then publishing, folk stories. There are many … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Bring ’em On!

What do I read? What genre or genres? The real question is, what don’t I read? I was one of those kids who read the cereal boxes at breakfast. I read through the family’s World Book Encyclopedia by 4th grade. I … Continue reading

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Guest: Donna Feyen, “More Than a Review”

We write here at 4F, 1 H. We have in guest authors talking about writing their books, so after some years, I thought I would turn the tables and bring in someone who reviews books all the time. Please welcome … Continue reading

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Tod Edit, or Not To Edit – Testimonials

In my travels around the world… of reading, I have encountered the world of short, testimonial anthologies. Most of you are familiar at least with the premise of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books: people submit their personal stories … Continue reading

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