Monday Muse: Epiphanies and Tap Dancing


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Over the weekend I had an epiphany: I simply cannot maintain a blog about writing. Oh, I can write, and I intend to, but blogging about writing  just because it's my is focus is BORING. It's boring to me, so it's got to be boring to you. The online blogging class is over so I'm tossing the week one assignment to have a focus. I'm not, however, discarding the other cool things I learned or the great people (other students and instructor) I met through the class. I need to write about what's relevant to me in the moment in order to be inspired and creative. I'm sure I'll do plenty of blogs on writing, especially if/when my book is accepted for publication. I just don't want to be pinned…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Nan


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, character from Murder on Music Row Hi everyone, I had to let Loralee go ahead of me in our blogging rotation, because sometimes it’s just easier to let her have her way than to fight her. I learned a long time ago to pick my battles with her. Before I tell you about my family, I’m supposed to announce Kat, Lor, and I are naming our blog posts.  We didn’t ask if we could do this; we often operate under the premise that it’s easier to ask forgiveness than seek permission. Anyway the name of mine posts will be Nan’s Notes. Lor’s will be Loralee’s Lyrics. She made me promise to tell you since she didn’t have room last week. We’re still in discussion on what…
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Wednesday Wisdom: Circle of Friends


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"Friends - They cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams."       Henry David Thoreau What a pleasant surprise to learn Kay Elam Writes has received the Circle of Friends Award! It came from a really cool blog I follow called ADVENTURE SALON.  This creative and funny blogger from southern California  blogs about adventures from her bucket list and offers tips and ideas as she encourages others to create their own bucket lists. Now I get to honor five other fantastic bloggers and they, in turn, can pass it to their Fab Five. Check out these fun blogs and see why they're among my favorites. And the award goes to: Ask Mama DeborahShouseWrites I Write With Cats The Jet Lagged Vagabond Weathering the Storm
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Monday Muse: Killer Nashville High


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Killer Nashville. What a conference! It was more inspiration than I could possibly absorb in three short days. A TBI-staged crime scene, famous authors as well as not-so-famous ones, the published and the yet-to-be published, readers who don't write (but no writers who don't read), and investigative forensics groupies--all were there and all made it a great literary event. Agents and publishers also attended and graciously interacted with unpublished wannabes (like me) and invited some of us to send a sample of our work for consideration. Yes, I was asked to submit Murder on Music Row...oh, the stress, the anticipation, the hope...the waiting! I think the conference had a goal to make every participant so tired they couldn't function afterward. If so, they met that goal with me. If you…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from Murder on Music Row Hey ya’ll, Kay's off at the Killer Nashville Literary Conference and I'M BACK! It ain’t really my turn, but I didn’t know I was gonna have to wait a whole month to get to blog again.  So I pitched me a little hissy fit to get to go next and Nan, the peacemaker—God love her—agreed to swap spots with me. Prob’ly just to shut me up! Whatever. I'm happy. To keep us on the straight and narrow, we were given a blog topic this time. Our family. What is this a damned therapy session? I was told if I didn’t blog on family I couldn’t blog at all, so here goes. My folks divorced when I was in the seventh…
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Wednesday Wisdom: Live and Learn


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"We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future."                         - George Bernard Shaw Earlier this week, I spent nineteen hours in the emergency room with hubby who was having chest pain. His dad died of a massive heart attack at age fifty-eight, so we don’t take this lightly…at least I don’t. He first noticed the pain after about an hour on a cross-trainer at the YMCA. (Well, duh! I hurt just thinking about it.) Then he went into the dry sauna, got into a discussion with some other exercise enthusiasts and lost track of time. (A sauna? In August? In Tennessee where we've had 30+ days of 90+ degree weather, many with heat indexes well over 100? Why not just go…
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Monday Muse: Xander


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[caption id="attachment_516" align="alignleft" width="115" caption="Xander -- about a year old"][/caption] In an earlier post I told you an inspirational muse can be found almost anywhere. Today I want to tell you about one of my muses--the bravest little boy I know. Xander (pronounced Zander) is my first cousin twice removed. In other words his maternal grandfather is my first cousin. In the south we have to keep up with stuff like this. It keeps us from intermarrying. Almost five years ago Xander's great-grandmother (my aunt) called out of the blue one night and told me Natalie (Xander's mom) was pregnant and the baby had a severe case of Spina Bifida. My aunt said Natalie and her husband, David, were in Nashville to try to get into a specialized study at…
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Friday Favorites: Friday the 13th Contest


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As promised on Wednesday’s blog, today’s post is an interview with Suza Kates, author of the recently released and already acclaimed Whisper of a Witch. For a chance to win a personalized, autographed copy of her book, leave a comment telling us why you’d like to win. The contest is open to US mailing addresses only, though anyone anywhere is welcome to leave a comment. The winner will be chosen at random. INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR SUZA KATES KE: What influences in your life inspired you to become an author? SK : In all honesty, I was in Germany with little access to the entertainment we’re used to here in America. I missed home and my family, so I started writing a book set in the south with fours sibling. After…
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Wednesday Wisdom: Meet Suza Kates


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I can remember a time when I didn’t think it possible to learn something from someone younger than me. Obviously as I got older my position changed. However, I’ve found when I encounter adults who I knew as children, it’s sometimes difficult to really see them as an adult. For example, I have a niece in her early twenty’s. Recently she called me all excited about some upcoming job interviews and to talk about her interview strategy. The entire conversation my brain struggled with how to reconcile this articulate, poised new college graduate with my image of her as a feisty almost three-year-old who stripped butt-naked in a parking lot in the dead of winter because she wanted to put on a new Minnie Mouse dress we’d just purchased. I…
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Monday Muse: Killer Nashville


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A great place to find inspiration in any profession is at an industry conference, and I’ve been to quite a few in all sorts of fabulous places during my various careers.  I used to critique them by how quickly I started daydreaming about skipping out for a dip in the pool or a nap in my room. However, I attended my first ever writers’ conference last summer and it left me wide awake and wanting more. Better yet, it was a short commute from my home. I just happened to find out about it at the last minute, but people come from all over the country for this one. Now I’m not an expert on writers’ conferences, but I can tell you Killer Nashville is special, and it’s about time…
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