Friday Favorites: Tornados and floods, oh my!


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hey y’all, Nashville is busy getting ready for tomorrow’s Country Music Marathon. Of course Nan’s gonna run in it, but she’s only doing the ½ marathon this year. Emma’s planning to run/walk in the half too. Me?  I’m gonna hand out bottles of water. One year I got to direct the runners at one of their turns, but there were some complaints when I talked to this guy—just for a minute—and some of the runners missed the turn. Water duty’s okay by me. I don’t have to get up near as early. I sure hope it’s less eventful than last year. It all started fine and dandy, but then came the rain. They’ve done the marathon in rain before,…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Rachelle Gardner on Publishing


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Hi everybody, Well, you know how I troll blogs, especially those of literary agents, editors, and other writers. I often find posts I'd like to share with you (and have reposted a few) but unless I have an online relationship with the author, I usually hesitate to ask permission. What? Me, Shy? Well, maybe just a little. Anyway, I recently found a post that resonated with me. It hit on two of the top three industries in Nashville, so I threw caution to the wind and zipped off an e-mail asking if I could repost Should Publishing Be Compared to the Music Industry? The author was gracious and said yes, so without further ado, I present a recent post from the popular blog On Life as a Literary Agent written by Rachelle Gardner of…
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Manic Monday: Tips for Finding a Literary Agent


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Hello everyone, Before seeking a literary agent it's best to have written a riveting novel, an attention-getting query letter, and a stupendous synopsis. Oh! You've done all that? Then let's go . . . I think the most important tip is to find an agent who is a good match for you. If your neighbor recently found an agent to represent his book on 500 ways to store baseball bats, chances are his agent wouldn’t be the best choice for your book on decorating cupcakes while riding side-saddle. (Your horse, your horse!) The best way to find an agent is through a personal referral—someone who knows you, who also knows the agent and who thinks the two of you will click. In an ideal world this agent/client pairing would be a…
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Friday Favorites: Good Friday


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Guest blogger: Emma Morgan, character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Whew! I just got the little ones to finally go to sleep. Easter is almost as exciting for them as Christmas even though 5 year-old Abby has already figured out the Easter bunny isn’t real. At least both believe in Santa Clause. I’m guessing we probably have one, maybe two, years left on that, at least with 7-year-old Grace. The girls and I’ve had a busy day. Of course there was no school, which throws my schedule out of whack—not that I don’t love having my two munchkins underfoot all day long. After breakfast, they “helped” me plant some petunias, marigolds and angelonia. Normally I’d have the plants in the ground by now, but with the uncertainty of this year’s…
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Discover Magic


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  Remember the Revisions class I completed in March? You know the one where I worked my rear end off tearing apart, then putting back together, my novel. To be fair, the teacher did warn us Revisions would be a lot of work, and I knew beforehand only the strong would survive. It was sort of like boot camp (if you can do online boot camp) but it was exactly what I needed to get back on track. Well, guess what! The teacher, author Lani Diane Rich, is presenting two additional classes beginning May 8th. In Making Magic:Filling the Creative Well she will help her students find their magic throughout the writing progress. It's designed for any stage writer and she promises it will be as much fun as Revisions…
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Manic Monday


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I just got home from the hospital. Ma Sue's Friday surgery went fine. They had to remove her entire stomach, then attach her esophagus to her small intestine. The next hurdle will be to make sure there's no leakage at these spots. She'll be able to eat small, frequent meals but not much food at once. Unfortunately the cancer was more widespread than we'd hoped but until we get the pathology reports back we won't really know the whole picture. She is in a lot of pain, but has some of the good meds ordered to help minimize that. She is resilient and has a "can do" attitude so I know she'll conquer this like she's conquer so many other challenges in her life. Pa Herb is doing well at…
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Friday Favorites


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Guest blogger: Nan Macomb, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hi everyone, Kay asked me to update everyone on Ma Sue. She's such a sweetheart. (Ma Sue, not Kay--we all know how she can be.) From what I'm told the surgery was what they expected. They removed her stomach. There was lots of cancer and they are hopeful they got it all. She was only in surgery for a couple hours and went straight to a room from recovery. That's good because she didn't have to go to ICU or critical care. Of course Kay and Greg were there as were Greg's sister, Susie (who live's here) and his brother, Alan, who was in from Phoenix. Ma Sue's sister, Helen, came up from Mississippi. She's a retired nurse and…
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Wildcard Wednesday


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Today I’m not looking for a way to connect this post to writing. I’m not trying to be clever or funny. Today I'm writing from my heart about my mother-in-law, Sue. Everyone calls her MA SUE. Everyone. Her children, her grandchildren, friends, people in her church, people in the grocery store . . . you get the idea. She’s everyone’s Ma Sue. Lest you form the wrong opinion, she’s not the little old lady mother-in-law type. She’s a feisty, independent redhead who’ll go off on her own in a heartbeat. Back in the 80’s she went to San Francisco for two years to work with AIDS patients. (She’s an RN.) Think about it—the 80’s that’s when people were afraid to be in the same room as someone who was HIV…
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Manic Monday: Love is in the air


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Spring is here. I’m feeling better and (shhhh) I think I’m in love. Hubby knows. In fact, hubby introduced us. We first met a couple of weeks ago, but I was still in a bit of a fog with my mystery winter illness and wasn’t sure I wanted to pursue something new without a clear head. While I’m still not 100%, I’m cranking on most cylinders and yesterday was such a gorgeous day, I couldn’t say no when hubby suggested once again it was time to see if we clicked. I was a little nervous. No I was a lot nervous. After all familiarly breeds content. But change is good (or so I’m told) so out the door I went. I walked in ahead of Hubby, though he was not…
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Friday Favorites: Loralee’s back


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Guest blogger: Loralee Anderson, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hey ya'll, Sounds like you already know I’m in a deep pile of doo doo over missing last Friday’s blog post. Saying it was an April Fool’s Day joke seemed like a perfectly logical explanation to me so I don’t know why they kept giving me the third degree like I was some sort of criminal on Law and Order or something. I didn’t kill nobody. I just forgot to post. . .and it’s been like World War III or something. What’s the big hoop la? Does anybody even read this damn darn thing anyway? I’m suppost to explain why I missed and I’ve been threatened (yes, really threatened) if I don’t tell the truth I’ll never blog again.…
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