Friday Favorites: Character Chat–Loralee


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Hey ya’ll, Kay’s up to her eyeballs editing her novel, Murder on Music Row so she’s letting me blog and I’m so damned excited I’m about to pee in my pants. (Oops…She said if I cussed I couldn’t blog again, so forget I said damned.) My name’s Loralee (Lor to my friends) and I’m Nan’s best friend in the whole wide world. (Remember Nan? She did this blog thing last Friday—and did a great job too. I’m proud as punch for her.) Anyways me and Nan have been joined at the hip since I transferred to FRA in 7th grade. Franklin Road Academy is the private school Nan went to since kindergarten. I liked her right off the bat ‘cause she came right up to me and introduced herself. She…
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Wednesday Wisdom: The Battle of My Brain


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Whose bright idea was it to call my Wednesday posts “Wednesday Wisdom” anyway? What could I possibly know that other writers don’t?  Oh, the pressure of imparting wisdom… I do know this: I struggle to find a balance between the right and left sides of my brain. I don’t read a book and say, “Ah, so that’s how it’s done.” Instead I read a book and say, “I could have written this.” Then my left brain kicks in and asks, “So, why didn’t you?” To which, of course, my right brain has no answer. The problem is I’m neither right nor left brain dominate. On any given day, I could be either. I’m a list maker (or I’d never get anything done), analytical (when necessary), rational (most of the time),…
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Monday Muse: What is a muse anyway?


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The vote is in and my Monday blogs will be called “Monday Muse.” So...what exactly does  muse mean? There are inconsistencies in the origin of the word. My preference follows the tradition of Greek mythology where Zeus and Mnemosyne slept together for nine consecutive nights and created nine daughters. (That must have been some pregnancy!) Each daughter (or muse) reigned over one area of the creative arts, providing inspiration and deep thoughts in her area of expertise. In ancient times muses were often invoked at the beginning of an epic poem or hymn to guide the storyteller (or author) through it. Some believed authors were merely mouthpieces for the muses.  But they've withstood the test of time and are still present in modern English. Words such as amuse, museum and…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat–Nan


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Hi there, Kay’s editing our novel even more so I get to be the first guest blogger from Murder on Music Row. My name's Nan and I’m the main character in MOMR—unless you’re one of those folks who thinks the main character is the person who actually got murdered. In that case, it most certainly is not me—it’d be my ex-boyfriend, Randy. I’ll tell you up front I didn’t kill him, but unfortunately the police and his wife (yep—he was married) aren’t so sure. So I’ve asked my two BFF's to help me find the real killer. This murder came at the most inopportune time for me. See, we just broke up two weeks before he got killed and I left town to get my head on straight before seeing…
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Homework 101


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The assignment for the first week of my online blogging class was to announce the focus of my blog.  As a reminder, my focus is on writing as presented in my earlier post:  Ready, Aim, Focus! « Kay Elam Writes. Disclaimer: We’ve not covered how to link back to older posts in my class yet. I’m just experimenting so this might not work.  But, then again, it might. Even if it doesn’t maybe I’ll get bonus points for trying. The assignment for this week is to: ~~Develop a blogging schedule—it seems consistency is desirable. Who knew??? ~~Develop a plan for sticking to the schedule—I think we’re being graded on this! ~~Post the plan on my blog—which is what I’m doing now. I’ve decided to blog three times a week—on Monday,…
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An Update on my Book(s)


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My first novel, Murder on Music Row, is a cozy mystery set right here in Nashville, Tennessee.  It’s about a thirty-five-year-old, college-educated hair stylist who finds her still married ex-lover bludgeoned with his recently won Grammy Award. Her fingerprints are all over the heavy statuette, so when he dies she becomes the main suspect. She does what any smart southern belle would do—she enlists her faithful entourage of eclectic friends to help prove her innocence. Their escapades traverse the Music City as they scheme to find the real killer. MOMR is the first in a series of lighthearted, quick-read books featuring the same entertaining characters.  You’ll meet some of them soon, as guest bloggers right here on my blog. I’ve also started a second novel about a year in the…
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Ready, Aim, Focus!


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The purpose of my blog has always been to create a readership for my writing, but guess what… I got sidetracked and started blogging about the other dramas in my life. Behold, I’ve seen the error of my ways and am now back on track. My epiphany came this week when I started an online blogging class through Wow! (Women on Writing)  Our first assignment in Blogging 101 was to define the focus and mission of our blogs. Oops!  From looking at my entries thus far, you’d be hard pressed to know what my focus has been…so I’m going to tell you. It’s about my writing. Go back to my earliest entries (or to the category “Writing”) and you’ll see I had the best of intentions. My blogging classmates are…
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So…


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...Yesterday the phone guy came out and stayed all of 15 minutes. He said we'd had some issues in the neighborhood over the past few days, but they'd been cleared. I double checked my dial tone and all seemed fine. I called the security company and got the security system back up and running. All's well that ends well? Not! This morning I was once again awakened by the phone. What is it with these early morning phone calls?  (We're in the Central time zone...hello!) Anyway, the static was so bad I could barely hear. So...I called Comcast again and, to their credit, they had someone out here within the hour. He spent over two hours checking everything that could be checked. The dial tone was again fine and this…
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