Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee’s Lyrics


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from Murder on Music Row Hey ya’ll, Just on principle, I’m not gonna bitch about Amy hacking into our blog a few weeks ago. Nan posted last week that I couldn’t let it go, but I can to, damn it. I’m just pissed Amy had the balls to do it in the first place. Oh, I know she’s the widow and I should maybe cut her some slack but hell’s bells it was downright tacky for her to post on our blog.  I guess it seems like I’m the bad person here, not her, so that’s all I’m gonna say on the subject.  Except Amy needs to mind her own business and keep her cotton-picking nose out of our blog in the future. See. I’ve…
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Wildcard Wednesday: RIB’s (Random Idea Blurbs)


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As writers we get ideas all the time. My problem is remembering them. I always think this time I’ve got it, then I’ll remember I had something to recall, but that’s as far as it goes. To keep what’s left of my sanity I’ve had to develop techniques for remembering what I call RIB’s (random idea blurbs). Ideas can come from numerous sources—newspapers, television, real-life situations ... While I am certainly against plagiarism, I also know there are few, if any, new ideas out there.  Pretty much everything has been thought and/or written in some form or fashion previously.  The trick is to take an idea and make it unique—to write it in my words, in my voice with my personal spin on it. Then it’s mine. A lot of…
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Manic Monday: Are you in color?


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Do you dream in color? Do you think in color? Do you write in color? I know I dream and think in color, but do I write in color? I use color as a part of my process when I am writing. I use different colored fonts or highlight words or sections as cues to myself to come back to check them. Either I need to research something, but don’t want to interrupt my writing flow, or it’s just not right and I want to see if I can get it to work better on another day. Even though I consider myself a writer (right-brained), I also have a pretty strong analytical side. When I was gainfully employed, I had a reputation for doing everything by color-coded Excel spreadsheets and…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Nan’s Notes


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hi everyone, It’s been a while since I’ve guest blogged. Fridays are becoming busy days. A lot of you have wondered if it upset me when Amy blogged a couple of weeks ago. Even though she took a couple of pot shots at me, it really didn’t bother me. In fact, I’m taking the high road here and going to let you decide from HER posts how you feel about my ex-lover’s widow. Now Loralee, that’s another matter. She’s harped about Amy “hacking” into our blog for two weeks now. I hope she’s over it before she posts again. We’re all tired of hearing about it. I had a new experience tonight—reflexology on my feet. I’ve had lots of pedicures…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Football and Dancing or Why I’m Angry with ABC


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Well, it happened again. ABC preempted Dancing with the Stars with Monday night football. Don't get me wrong, I love the Tennessee Titans and took great pleasure in watching them shut down the Jacksonville Jaguars.  I'm sad our quarterback, Vince Young, sprained his knee in the first quarter, but according to today's Tennessean, it looks like he might be able to play against the Eagles Sunday. It must have been a deja vu moment for him as it was an injury while playing the Jags that benched him for most of the 2008 season. Young’s injury Monday night gave veteran Kerry Collins a chance to lead the 30-3 romp in Florida. Kerry's had his ups and downs during his career, but he was 13-3 after Vince got hurt two years…
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Manic Monday: Where oh where did that blog I liked go?


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It's already been a big week for me. Yesterday I guest blogged for agent and blogger extraordinaire Nathan Bransford. Woo hoo! What an honor. And today is my 50th post on my own blog since creating it earlier this year. If I wanted to be literal, I suppose yesterday’s post on Nathan’s blog would actually have been my 50th, making it my golden post, using traditional anniversary symbols. There’s something poetic about that, I think. I’ve followed Nathan’s blog (as well as those of several other agents) for some time now. I also follow the blogs of friends and people I’ve met online, my favorite authors, and those of a couple of publishers. I’ve struggled with finding a good way to keep up with the blogs I liked. I tried…
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Friday Favorites: Water, water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink


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As a departure from my usual Friday blogs where either I do a contest, an author interview or one of the characters from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW does a guest post, today I am participating in Blog Action Day—a chance for bloggers world-wide to raise awareness of a particular issue. This year the issue is water. This seems like a fitting topic for a Nashville author to tackle because on May 1st and 2nd this year, Nashville had its worst flood in history. Many people are still homeless, our world-renown symphony hall remains closed as are other businesses—some forever.  One employer alone (Gaylord, i.e. Opryland) laid off over 1200 employees, though I'm happy to say the Opryland Hotel recently reopened and I presume most of the unemployed got their jobs…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Writing Contests and Such


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It’s difficult enough for a writer to maintain focus without the distraction of contests and other avenues for getting one's work published, but the truth is these distractions abound. The Catch 22 is publishing credits might make an agent/editor take a closer look at a submission, but submitting for contests, literary journals, magazines, etc. can take on a life of its own. I’ve avoided these sinkholes of time ever since I won first place (and $100) in the first short story contest I entered. I figured there was no place to go but down from there. (I also got a surprise divorce the same month and had other things—like moving to a new city and finding a paying job—on my mind.) Anyway, as I was trolling blogs (i.e. procrastinating) early…
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Manic Monday: Time to Write–Now


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October is National Cancer Awareness Month. A little over eight years ago one of my best friends, Donna, was diagnosed with cancer. She and I first met when we both lived in a smallish city in north Alabama. We were in some of the same clubs and organizations, but didn't become close friends until we prepared for a three week trip to New Zealand with our spouses and another couple. The plan was to spend a few days hiking the Milford Track on the south island. For months before we left home, we “trained” for the trek by wearing our new hiking boots and weighted backpacks as we walked our neighborhoods, trudged through local parks and trails, and climbed to the highest point in Alabama. In New Zealand, Donna and…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Amy


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Guest blogger: Amy Soleman, character from Murder on Music Row Hi, I’m Amy Soleman, the grieving widow—grieving all the way to the bank. Wait. That’s too callus and makes me sound greedy, which I guess I am, but I'm not mean. It's just that I was raised with nothing and I'm damned sure not going to live the rest of my life with nothing. For the record, I loved Randy but I didn’t like him much and I sure didn’t respect him. You’re probably wondering where the other characters are. They’re like the three stooges with all the stuff they get into. I decided if they could blog, so could I— though they’ll probably raise holy Cain when they find out. Especially Loralee. She’s a blog hog and would do…
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