Category Archives: free week

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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Anybody Home?

Here I am, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., and without one idea for a post. I was caught off-guard all week for various reasons. Firstly, Son #1 and The Granddaughters (teens) all coming, Secondly, Son and Granddaughter #2 coming, … Continue reading

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Well, Hello Dahl

A quick review this week for two books, but one story, and only about the first quarter of the whole story. I’m talking about a life, the life of Roald Dahl. I still don’t know everything about the man,  but … Continue reading

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Serious Series Suggestions

About a week ago a question was posed in a Facebook writer’s group:  “Can you give me any advice on writing a series?”  I weighed in, then I thought that, in a longer version, it might make a good post … Continue reading Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Six

This month, I read three more cozy mysteries and one romance. Regular visitors to the blog will recognize these authors. The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott DavidsonGoldy Schultz Mystery, Book Three After her frightening experiences as a live-in chef in … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Five

This has been a busy month, but I managed to read three great mysteries. I linked the book covers to their Amazon pages, in case you find one that interests you! Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott DavidsonGoldy Schultz Book … Continue reading

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Reading Challenge 2021, Part Two

This was mystery month for me! Two mysteries are continuations of series I’ve visited before, and one is new. For a little variety, I included an inspirational historical romance. Here are my Goodreads reviews: A Nose for Crime by Noel … Continue reading

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My Mind to Your Mind

Not really a Vulcan mind-meld, but it’s “Free” week and I will ask a question that I have been pondering: How much of the “WHY” of what a character does is important to a story? With all that I have … Continue reading

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Review: “Schifflebein’s Folly”

Happy New Year, Everyone! I hope and pray for a happy, healthy year for all. I’ll keep this short since it is New Year’s Day, not that I am insinuating that any of you might have over-indulged last night(!), but … Continue reading

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Rambling Reader Reviews, Part Eleven

Each year since 2012, I’ve set a reading goal in Goodreads, and since 2015 my goal has been set at 50 books read in the calendar year. Other than in 2012, I’ve managed to meet my stated goal each year, … Continue reading

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