Manic Monday: Reading and Writing or the life of an author


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Now that I’ve decided to be a full-time writer (minus my tap class and volunteer work), all I do is read and write. If I’m blocked for writing, I read. If I can't focus on a story, I write. Pretty nifty, huh? What do I read? I have baskets of books in my “to be read pile” as well as a backlog on my Kindle. In addition I track about 150 blogs a day—mostly agents, editors, publishers and writers—hoping to garner every piece of knowledge possible. Then, of course, there are the “how to” books I use more for reference now than anything else. I also have my critique partner in Atlanta who is well into his second book and I’ve joined a writing group online with 10 writers. Everyone…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee’s Lyrics


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from Murder on Music Row Hey ya’ll, I’m slipping in here before anyone else does ‘cause it’s not literally my turn, but since no one has posted yet, I will. I hope ya’ll had a good Thanksgiving. I went to Nan’s folk’s house and ate so much they had to roll me away from the table. Kat and her family were there too. Sometimes Nan and I—cause we're singles—have to sit at the kiddie table, but this year we didn't, even if we were in the kitchen. It was still a promotion. I don’t work at the Wildhorse again for a couple of weeks which is good ‘cause I’m gonna have to start doing crunches or I’ll never get into my good jeans, which happen…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Happy Thanksgiving


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I am thankful for: My husband, the love of my life -- for his love, his encouragement, his wisdom My wise-ass sister who lives way too far away My three gorgeous stepsons and one beautiful daughter-in-law Great in-laws The rest of my family including of my 2 nieces, 1 nephew and 5 godchildren My AOII sisters and other good friends – locally and worldwide A warm home in the winter; a cool home in the summer—a home. Being fit enough to tap dance at my age--and my new tap dancing friends The opportunity to volunteer and the pleasure I get from it My collection of books My laptop, my Ipad, and Kindle The ability to write My writing corner My new writing partner and online critique group. The Internet and…
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Manic Monday: Expectations


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Saturday afternoon Hubby and I ran a few errands between SEC football games. We ate dinner out (at a restaurant with a TV, of course) and came home in the shadows of a beautiful full moon. When we turned into our cul-de-sac, our across-the-street neighbors had fully decorated for Christmas. I’m talking outdoor lights, yard display, two inside trees visible from the street and festive creations on the mailbox, streetlamp and front door. My guess is their family will be coming in for Thanksgiving and they’ll do their family Christmas then. Yesterday was another beautiful day and our next door neighbors were outside most of the day putting up their decorations. They don’t have children, so I doubt they’ll have a Thanksgiving Christmas. We’re going to visit my step-son 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 my turn to blog, and I almost missed it. I’d planned to get up early and do it before my first client, but have you ever had one of those days? I know I set my alarm last night, but apparently the power went out because I woke up to flashing numbers all over the house.  I was really pooped when I went to bed so I slept until about an hour before my first appointment. By the time I woke up good and got all the clocks and timers reset, it was time to start my work day. Since it’s the week before Thanksgiving I’ve been double booked most of the week. I like to schedule…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Is my participle dangling?


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I grew up in a small town where there were two school systems through the eighth grade. Then we were funneled into one not so centrally located high school. This was great as we entered our dating years because the City School girls could date the County School boys and vice versa—we weren’t stuck with the same kids who’d been so yucky a few years earlier. In the City School System we started changing classes in the fifth grade and each grade had one class of English, Science, Math, History/Social Studies, Literature, and PE (girls and boys separate, of course). For most of the subjects we had the same teacher all four years. This meant they knew what they’d taught us the previous year and could jump right in with…
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Manic Monday: All Weekend Long


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My uncle died last week and will be buried today. He lived with my aunt in an assisted living facility in central Florida. Their only daughter was always a favorite cousin to my sister and me. When we learned of our uncle’s passing, my sister and I arranged to meet at the Orlando airport Saturday night, rent a car, attend the memorial service today, and spend a few days with our cousin and aunt. It seemed like a simple enough plan, right? You be the judge. As I was boarding my non-stop flight to from Nashville to Orlando, my sister phoned to tell me her flight out of Seattle had been delayed due to mechanical problems and she’d missed her connection in Phoenix.  The airline had rerouted her from Phoenix…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat—Loralee’s Lyrics


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from Murder on Music Row Hey ya’ll, I’ve had me a ball since the last time I got to blog, three weeks ago. My bruises and all from the bike throwing me off are almost all gone now and truth be told they quit hurting after a few days. Or maybe they quit hurting ‘cause I’ve been so damned busy. Whatever, you can’t hardly see ‘em at all now so I’m back to looking good. I’m pumped ‘cause I’ve been hired for a semi-regular gig at the Wildhorse Salon down on 2nd Avenue. If you’ve been to Nashville, you’ve probably been to the Wildhorse and everythang so you know it’s a happening place. I’m just playing early evening which at most places would be a…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Online Friends


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How many online friends do you have whom you’ve never met? If you’re on Facebook, My Space, Twitter, or any number of other social networking sites, I’m willing to bet quite a few. It starts with a friend of a friend, but as you put yourself out there in cyber-land on discussion boards, forums and what not, you find others with whom you click or feel a bond and pretty soon you’ve become friends on multiple social media sites. I’ve only recently begun participating in online forums. I’ve enjoyed reading them for some time, but didn’t feel the need to jump in and give my two cents worth—besides who would care? It’s been interesting to see the personalities of participants emerge on these sites. Most people are helpful and tactful…
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Manic Monday: Online Relationships


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Writing is a solitary past-time, and I’m at a stage in my life where I love being alone—especially when I’m in creative mode. But I dare say all writers depend upon the input of others to proof-read, edit and help polish their work.  It's just too difficult to see your own mistakes. You wrote it, you know what it's supposed to say so that's the way you read it; not as it is, but as it should be. Letting others read your writing is much easier said than done. If you read my blog regularly you know it took me years to have the courage to share what I wrote—with anyone. Gradually, I began to let others read things, but only people I trusted to be honest yet kind in…
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