Friday Favorites: Character Chat with Emma


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Guest Blogger: Emma Morgan, a character from MURDER ON MUSIC ROW   Hello everyone, Where does the time go? It seems only yesterday my girls were excited about the last day of school, and now we’re shopping for clothes for the new school year. Grace, my seven year old, will be starting  second grade and her five-year-old sister, Abby, will begin her last year of pre-school. You’d think Abby could wear some of Grace’s hand-me-downs, but Grace pretty much wears her clothes out. She’s our little athlete and has been playing soccer since she was four. Abby started this summer and it looks like she’s going to be a soccer standout too.  I’ve decided to enroll them in after school dance classes twice a week starting in September, after they get acclimated…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Baseball’s not the only place for a good pitch


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What would you do if you recognized an agent in an elevator? A. Get off at the next floor B. Faint C. Pitch your novel C, of course, is the correct answer. In order to have an effective pitch, you must be prepared. So prepared, in fact, that it rolls off your tongue and the agent would never guess it was something you'd spent In order to have an effective pitch, you have to be prepared. So prepared, in fact, that it rolls off your tongue and the agent would never guess it was something you’d spent hours days weeks months crafting. One way to be prepared is to practice your pitch every time you are asked about your book. So, if the Walmart checkout lady asks what your book is about (yes, you…
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Manic Monday: Home Alone


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I am accustomed to working at home. Alone. Hubby’s total hip replacement has greatly hindered changed how I do it. I left my cozy writing nook upstairs and set up shop on the loveseat in our den so I could be at his beck and call. First with his walker, now with his cane, he goes from the only chair meeting the requirements for him to sit, to the sofa where he lays down and sometimes naps, to the bathroom or kitchen; then he starts all over again. He has greatly improved during the twelve days since his surgery, so I don’t have to tote and fetch as much as I did in the beginning.  But requests for water, tissues, tucking him in, etc. have been replaced with questions.  Do I…
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Friday Favorites: Exciting News


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I'm pre-empting Friday's character chat with a personal announcement:   We're expecting our first grandchild!   Middle son, Drew and his wife Naomi, shared their good news earlier this week. Drew is in the Marines and they are stationed in Oahu, Hawaii. It looks like we'll be taking the long trek to Hawaii in a few months.   Have a good weekend, all.   ~ Kay
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Wildcard Wednesday: How to format a Novel


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When writing my novel, I learned things had changed since I was in school. Who knew there was only one space after a period now, instead of two, for example? I was told the Chicago Manual of Style was the end-all, be-all for writing questions. I bought the bright orange book and became more confused than ever. The printing was small. It frequently referenced other sections of the book. It was a pain in the . . . well, you get the idea. Recently I came across a website with concise, to the point rules to format a novel. With the permission of Glen Strathy, the following is an excerpt from his website www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com.   So here, briefly, are the rules for using correct manuscript format for a novel: * White paper. No…
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Manic Monday: Writing or me?


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When I got serious about blogging almost a year ago, I learned, to be successful, I must do three things: Name the blog. Check Create a blogging schedule and stick to it. Check Identify what the blog would be about.   You might notice there is no “check” by #3. It’s because I’ve failed miserably on that front. Technically, I guess I could give myself credit, because I decided I’d blog about writing—and I started out that way—but somewhere throughout the year it has become more and more about me and my woes. Could it be because I had the worst case of bronchitis known to man (all right, known to me) and was out of commission for five months causing me to miss my first tap recital in over…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat (Nan)


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Guest post is by Nan Macomb, a character from Murder on Music Row.   Hi everyone, Hot! Hot! Hot! That's what is is in Nashville right now. With temperatures in the high 90's we've been under severe heat alerts all week. It's too hot to run; it's even too hot to sit on the porch. About all you want to do is straddle an air conditioning vent with a glass of sweet iced tea.   The trend for hair this summer is short and sassy. Almost everyone wants a cute new look with shorter hair. The problem is these same clients will want long hair this winter. Wait and see--I guarantee it.   When someone wants to change hairstyles, they'll often bring in a picture or tell me they want…
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Wildcard Wednesday: Guest post by Cat Woods


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Hi everyone, Hubby is having hip replacement surgery today so one of my critique partners, Cat Woods, graciously let me "borrow" a recent post from her blog. Cat is among my favorite online chums. She's an excellent writer (has been published!) and is entertaining to boot. She 's married, has four children and a black lab that likes to eat socks and sometimes shoes. Her blog is Words from the Woods. So without further ado....here's Cat. Enjoy! ~Kay   What base is your novel on? July 6, 2011 by catwoods As many of you know, Middle Son loves baseball.  The first half of the season was a series of whiffs and misses at the plate.  Sometimes he’d simply watch the ball go by and not swing at all.  Enter the glasses a…
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Manic Monday: Hip, Hip Hooray!


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It has indeed been a manic couple of weeks around our house. Hubby is scheduled for a hip replacement this Wednesday and we’ve had to ready our home for his return. This includes removing all rugs, putting rails up in the shower and for the stairs coming into house from the garage, rearranging all of the drawers so his clothes are waist high or above, purchasing or borrowing such “equipment” as shower chair, special shower mat, bedside potty, walker and more. None of our chairs or sofas will give him the correct angle for sitting so we also purchased a new chair. We needed a desk chair, so that’s what we got. The height can be adjusted and he can roll around while he’s incapacitated. When he doesn’t need it any…
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Friday Favorites: Character Chat (Loralee)


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Guest post by a character from Murder on Music Row   Hey ya'll,   Last night I did something last night I ain't done in years. I went to a gym. I can barely move today. Ohhhh...   I know exercise is supposed to be good for you and all that, but I ain't that fond of sweat, especially if it's on me. But I've been noticing the laundry has been shrinking my clothes lately. Then I went to my doctor for my annual womanly check-up and her scales said I'd gained ten pounds since last year. They assured me the scales were right and since I don't believe in having scales at home, I had to believe them.   Now Nan and Emma--they love exercise. Nan runs all the…
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