Wildcard Wednesday: Grief


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Hubby is 1/3 owner of a small business. He and his two business partners started the company about ten years ago and have grown it to a dozen or so employees. The recession hurt, but they managed to keep all of the employees in their jobs. They are like a  family. The three owners are around the same age but they have vastly different personalities. Each has a distinctive role in the business and they compliment each other's expertise. They are a good fit and work well as a team. They trust and respect (and dare I say love) each other, and they always have each other’s back. Hubby and I met when the company was brand new and got married in a small ceremony almost nine years ago. Both…
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Manic Monday: Both sides of a beta read


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Happy Monday! Sunshine and low 80's here after rain over the weekend. Several of my recent posts have dealt with Beta Reads. Now that I've been on both sides of that fence, I can tell you it’s not an easy one to straddle. The number one thing a writer wants from a beta reader is honesty. It is essential, or the process won’t work. But that doesn’t mean when you get the feedback from a beta reader it doesn’t sting a bit to see all of their comments on what you thought was your finished, polished product. Thank goodness no one has requested a full…yet! What do you do? You go back to your manuscript with the beta reader’s comments and make the adjustments that feel right to you. If…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat ~ Loralee


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Today's guest blogger is Loralee Anderson, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW. Me! Me! Me! It’s my turn to blog—well not really, but Nan won’t mind giving up her’s ‘cause she knows I had such an exciting week to tall y'all about. I got a call from a friend in Panama City (PC)—that’s Florida, not that other one. Anyways, he gave me a tip that a opening act for a beach concert had just dropped out. We ain’t even hung up the phone good before I called the promoter. And guess what. I went and got myself hired for the gig. HIRED – did you hear that? That means they gave me money to play and sing, which, as we all know, I’d do for free. Around Nashville, unknown singer/songwriters almost…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Progress not Perfection


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I was born right smack in the middle of the baby boomer generation. This means, of course, I grew up without personal computers—even in college. Therefore, when it comes to computer projects, I’m sometimes leery. I was tickled with myself when, over a year ago, I obtained a domain name and picked an online web hosting company without help. I even set up a website—sort of. I got as far as my front page before the fear set in. I put an “under construction” sign on it and moved on to my blog. As I got more comfortable handling my blog, I wanted to tie it to the website and build more pages. I’d already built a blog page and a welcome page on my blog site, but then I…
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Manic Monday: From Pedicures to Beta Readers


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Over the weekend, hubby and I joined another couple for some luscious pedicures. I'd never had a pedi quite like this one. I've experienced the lotions and scrubs, but paraffin I'd only had on my hands and, while I'd had hot rock massages, they don't compare to hot rocks on my feet. Yummy!  I'm not sure I can go back to my plain 'ole pedicure where the highlight was hot towels toward the end. It's the same thing with writing. We may be perfectly happy with our writing until someone challenges us to take the next step. And once we've taken that step and experience the feelings that accompany better writing, we won't be willing to go back to our prior level. Who can help us leave the regular pedicure…
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Friday Favorites: Character Blog (Emma)


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Guest Blogger: Emma Morgan, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW Hello again, It seems like it has been forever since my last post. For some reason, Loralee seems to think she can post on my week as well as hers. I’ve not raised too much of a ruckus because I’ve been busy with my two daughters. They love to hang out at my mother’s house—she has a pool—and we enrolled them in day camp at the Adventure Science Museum. When they aren’t busy with those activities, I’ve tried to make special memories for them with at home art projects, cooking together, and a few cultural things slipped in without their knowledge. They also love to go with me to the Farmers’ Market and we’re trying to go organic. It’s…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Laptop addiction


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I learned to type in the tenth grade, and ever since I’ve preferred a keyboard—first a typewriter, then a computer. I got a MacBook Pro for my birthday and the nice people at the Apple store offered to transfer the data from my PC to the new Mac for free. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The problem was finding a two or three day window of time to let them do it. I transferred most of my documents, but I wanted someone who knew more than me to move my photos, e-mails and contacts. I was changing e-mail platforms and wasn’t sure I could switch from Outlook to Apple’s programs without messing something up. Saturday I paid all of my online bills, wrote Monday's post and scheduled it in…
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Manic Monday: 150 Posts


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Wow! 150 posts since I got serious about blogging last August. Three times a week--it really adds up! Thanks to everyone who reads my blog, especially those of you who leave comments. Back in April I wrote a post on finding a literary agent. Everything in that post still stands, BUT I've found an easier way to do it. Query Tracker has it down to a tee. I've perused QT for a while and played with it in the limited "free" edition. One of the members in my critique group highly recommended I join, so I did. At $25 a year, it is quite the bargain. Remember how I told you to look at Publisher's Marketplace, Preditors and Editors, websites, etc. to check out an agent? Well, with QT, it's…
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Friday Favorites: Character Post


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Loralee Anderson, a character from Murder on Music Row, is today's guest blogger. Hey ya’ll Here I am trying to post and the darn Internet is down. If I miss today’s (Friday) deadline, it ain’t my fault. I think I’m actually taking Emma’s posting turn, but she won’t care cause she’s so busy with her daughters this summer. Emma’s mom has a pool and those two rascals has just about turned into fish.  Emma keeps ‘em soaked in sunscreen, but they’re still brown as biscuits. I saw where Nan wrote about those cotton-picking cicadas last Friday. After about six weeks, they’re almost gone which is good cause this is Country Music Award Festival week where all the country music stars come to Nashville to play and do concerts and sign…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Fear


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Monday I put my tap shoes back on after an almost five-month hiatus due to that horrible fatigue-causing crud I had all winter. I danced 3 ½ hours and could barely walk yesterday. But I’m going back for more today. Last Friday and Saturday nights were the annual dance recital. I had the costumes for all four of the dances my group preformed and knew two of them from before I got sick; I simply had not had the energy to rehearse. There’s always next year. I thought seeing my over-fifty dance troupe perform without me would make me sad, but instead I was proud of them for doing such a great job. What did make me sad, however, was seeing the little ones—the four, five and six-year-old dancers (and…
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