Category Archives: helping others

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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Like? Not Likely

THIS WEEK: If a prospective publisher asked you to compare your work to that of one or two well-known authors, whom would you choose? I haven’t had a prospective publisher ask me that yet, but when I was hoping to … 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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Words of Comfort

Our Friday Fox asked, “What book(s) would you choose if you were asked to read to an ill, adult friend?” I really struggled with this topic. I thought about what I’d want someone to read to me if I were … 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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Author! Author! Reader! Reader!

The Monday Fox asked:How many people read your books before you submit them?What kind of feedback do you ask for? My answer? Not enough of the right people get to see my books.I have had few friends and family interested … Continue reading

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It Takes a Village of Writers

… to create a book. This week, I asked my fellow bloggers, “How many people read your books before you submit them? What kind of feedback do you ask for?” Normally, I ask at least two other people to “beta … Continue reading

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Legacy

The Hound posed this week’s question: If you could be remembered (as an author) for only ONE of your books… which book would you choose. Why that one? I have not pushed to have my manuscripts published, (I know, I … Continue reading

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Short Affirmation

We had covered our favorite books from our childhoods in several posts. We will be discussing books to which we have been introduced by our kid children and grandchildren soon, because when I thought of the topic, my colleagues here … Continue reading

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