Category Archives: writing

Dollars to Donuts

Jeff-The-Hound brought up: “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it been serious … Continue reading

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Caution: Plot Hole!

This week, our Hound asked, “We all try to avoid plot holes in our own stories… but have you ever encountered one (or more) major plot holes in a book or movie that made you want to scream? Has it … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not…

“If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” I wracked my brain for a while on this one. I am without any question a bona fide bibliophile. I literally own … Continue reading

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Wishing Upon a Star – or Wishing for a Best-seller

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?” Normally, I’ll sit down and write my post for the week in one sitting. But this topic required … Continue reading

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I See London,I see France,I see Someone’s Under….drawers

Apparently I came up with the question: “What is in your desk drawers”? What ISN’T in my desk drawers? We have desks all over the house. I bought a little, dainty writing desk when we first got married and that … Continue reading

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English: British to American

Last week while we were discussing the possibility of our works being translated into other languages, I said that  I would like to bring up translating English to English, that is to say, “British” to “American”. I have read books … Continue reading

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Words and Stories, Foreign and Domestic

“How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language?” Flattered, to begin with. However, I think that I would like to have an independent reader translate back to me what my work ended up saying … Continue reading

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What Did You Say?

Our hound asked us, “How do you feel about having one of your novels translated into another language? Is there a particular nationality of reader that you think would enjoy your novels more than others?”  I’ve known several authors who’ve … Continue reading

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Guest: Author Bishop O’Connell

I met Bishop O’Connell when we both commented on another author’s Facebook page. I had to ask him about his name since my husband graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Northern Virginia. It was not far from where I … Continue reading

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It’s Been Done

Have you ever gone to download a book and gotten the wrong one? Have you ever READ the wrong book? Somehow or another, as it happens, there two books that are very much alike on my Kindle account. I started … Continue reading

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