Wildcard Wednesday: I need POV help


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Everybody has a point of view. If you don’t believe it watch a Final Four basketball game this weekend. The players, the coaches, the fans, the commentators all have a POV, but the only POV that counts is that of the referees. When I was growing up my dad refereed high school basketball games and I’d sometimes go with him and sit in the stands. It was difficult as a child and teenager to sit there and listen to strangers call your father every name in the book (and some I hope were no where near the book). There were times when I broke and told the monsters surrounding me they were yelling at my father. They generally stopped for a moment of stunned silence before they resumed. When we…
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Manic Monday


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I appreciate some of the characters from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW giving me a week off to try and get well last week. Of course they’d take any opportunity presented to blog, especially Loralee, so I was pretty sure I could take a week to get back on my feet if only I asked. I wish I could say I’m back to 100% but this blasted cough won’t go away (though it is better) and I’m still so fatigued I’d cry if only I had the energy. I’m forcing myself to do some things, like my tap dance class, but I swear I have to sit in the car and recoup my energy afterward just to drive home again. It’s pretty frustrating to be zipping along ninety to nothing, then…
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Friday Favorites: What’s in a Name?


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Guest blogger: Emmarie Katrina Morgan, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hello everyone, It’s been a rather eventful winter. We moved the girls to a new school. We tried the public school system and but it didn't work out. Imagine my surprise when four of the mothers in a class of sixteen were named “Kat.” These are girls my children could go to school with through high school and I don’t intend to have the same first name as more than 25% of the class mothers. I made an on the spot decision to use my first name—well part of it anyway. My given name is Emmarie Katrina. Growing up teachers tried to call me Emmarie because it was my first name. Most ended up shortening it to Emma or…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Loralee’s back


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hey y’all It’s about doggone time she let me start posting again. I never did get why she got her panties in a wad and pulled us off like she did without even a hoot or a holler as to what we’d done. The others said it was me, but if it was me why’d she pull them too? I reckon that answers that. Everybody’s been freezing there kahoonies off up here in Nashville while I’ve been down in south Florida singing with a little house band all winter. I guess it more rightly would be called a shack band or beach band ‘cause there weren’t a house anywhere near us, but you could get a cold one or three…
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Manic Monday: The Girls are Back in Town!


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hi everyone, The girls and I are back from our involuntary sabbatical and are blogging this week to hopefully give our author a chance to get well. She’s been sick since December and boy can she get cranky when she’s ill. But since these are probationary posts, that’s about all I feel at liberty to say. We still aren’t quite clear what our probation was all about in the first place so we’re minding our p’s and q’s and keeping within our word count. And we’re watching Loralee. Oh, we’re watching Loralee. Boy, have I been busy at work. Even though it’s been the coldest winter since the 1940’s, people are still getting out having their hair done. Maybe they’re…
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Friday Favorites: Update on MOMR


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I finished MURDER ON MUSIC ROW about a year ago. I've spent the last year editing, polishing, loving, hating, ignoring, then finally deciding to move forward with the novel. I took a six-week Revisions class in January and February where I tore my manuscript apart scene by scene and then put it back together.  It was kind of a Humpty Dumpty exercise only the ms went back together again better than ever. All of that's been done as well as my paper edit. I've gone through and made the corrections I caught, though it was extremely difficult to catch my own errors. I know what it is supposed to say so I read it that way whether it says it or not. I have my beta readers lined up--a hair…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Wow, Wow and more Wow!


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I never met my husband’s father; he died long before I became a part of the family. I’ve heard stories, lots of stories from lots of points of view, and the best I can figure he had the swagger of James Dean and the personality of Dean Martin. No, his name wasn’t Dean, though that would’ve worked nicely for today’s post. My image of him is based mostly on my imagination with the aid of a few faded photographs. As I understand it he had a keen sense of flair though not necessarily a keen sense of fashion. I surmise he walked to the beat of a different drummer, and while that drummer drove some crazy, to others it was like a heartbeat that sustained life—steady, necessary, wanted. I think…
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Manic Monday: Happy Birthday to Me


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It's my birthday and I'm sick. I know I've been sick since December with fatigue and a nasty cough that won't go away. Well, apparently while in Seattle, Hubby and I both picked up a local virus. We've been pretty pitiful for the past few days. He missed 3 1/2 days of work last week.  By the time we went to the doctor on Friday we were coughing in harmony which did NOT amuse her. We're on antibiotics and I'm on some heavy-duty stuff since I got this on top of the other infection and they think my immune system in pretty much on vacation. Saturday night we had dinner with my youngest step-son, his girlfriend, and our ex-wife. We do this not infrequently and most of the time it…
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Friday Favorites: PC or MAC?


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Monday is my birthday and Hubby thinks I need a new computer…immediately. He’s been home with bronchitis most of the week and has been checking his work e-mail from my laptop. (The netbook he normally uses won’t hold a charge and our desktop blew up. Therefore I’ve reluctantly handed over my laptop, but I knew we’d be having this discussion.) Just because my delete key won’t work (highlight enter will do the same thing), other keys stick, it’s difficult to type upper case letters (but it can be done) and the panel covering the CD/DVD door is bent, he was highly uncomplimentary of my Toshiba. I’d already planned to get a new one soon, just not now. I thought I’d buy one, bring it home, make sure everything is installed…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Guest Blogger — Phoenix Sullivan


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Hi everyone, I told you Monday you were in for a treat today and you are. I was catching up on my blog reading a couple of weeks ago (it seems I'm always catching up), and I found this blog by one of my favorite on-line friends, Phoenix Sullivan. I've told you about her before. She's an author who has a blog where she (and her faithful following) will critique queries and synopsizes until you get it right. In addition, she is about to publish an anthology of about twenty short stories titled Extinct Doesn't Mean Forever which she edited. As if that isn't enough she has a 27-acre farm. I wonder if she sleeps. Anyway, here's a post she gave me permission to repost because it reminds us, as…
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