AN EXTRA DAY THIS YEAR


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    Enjoy! ~ Kay
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Pawsibilities Are Endless and Me


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I promised one of my blogger buddies I'd participate in a blog tour called Pawsibilities Are Endless benefitting Small Town Rescue. Check it out. "Pawsibilities is a very tiny, foster-based rescue in  Missouri. We do not have a facility; the dogs we take into our care are placed in to foster care while they await their forever home, this way we can learn about the dog’s personality and in turn adopt them to the right person/family. We’re here to share our stories, knowledge, and general love of those furry friends who keep our toes warm and our bellies aching." When I first considered participating in the Pawsibility blog tour, I couldn't imagine having anything to contribute. I haven't had a pet since I was a child. We always had outside…
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Fun Friday


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One of the first things I do each morning is scan the two hundred or so blogs on my Google Reader. Often, on the days I post, I decide to change my content based on something on one of these blogs. Today is such a day. Rachelle Gardner, one of the best bloggers and agents out there, had a post I adored. Perhaps it resonated with me because I recently completed the words to fuel the first year of the "word of the day" feature at the soon to be launched new and improved Killer Nashville website. Who knows? Her post was centered around the word "paraprosdokian." She kindly shared the website English Forums with me so I could make my own list of favorites. First a definition: A paraprosdokian is a figure of…
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Inspiration


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Where do writers get their inspiration? The list is so long, it'd never fit on a page, A writer's inspiration comes from so many sources: nature, people, books, things... But to narrow it down a tad, what inspires writers to continue when they're going through a rough patch (and we all do) or guides them when their muses are working overtime? Books. There are many books about our craft, of course, but it's also important for writers to read books for pleasure and let the strong elements of the stories and structure sink into their subconsciouses. Blogs. Gee, I follow close to two hundred blogs of authors, editors, writers, readers and others interested in our world. It's time consuming, but oh so educational. I have them on a blog roll so…
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It starts today…


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Cupid's Literary Connection contest starts today. My entry is Blind Speed Dating #18. Here are the rules -- cut and pasted from Cupid's site: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012 Blind Speed Dating RULES!!!! and Info! (Remember! For Twitter Trash Talk use #AgentTTT) Agent's RULES: Blind speed dating is the 20th-23rd. Friday the 24th will be used to announce winners, undercover names... Each day will run from NOON (EST) - MIDNIGHT (EST). Agents will receive a total of 10 arrows. BUT not all at once. They do not have to use all of their arrows. They start with 4 arrows on Monday. Then receive 2 more arrowseach day after that (2 on Tuesday, 2 on Wednesday, and 2 on Thursday). Totaling 10. Each partial request is worth 1 arrow. (Each entry can only have 2 partial requests!) Each full request is worth 3 arrows. (Using…
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Publishing terms — What do they mean?


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Stumped over what a publishing term means? Janet Reid, literary agent extraordinaire, has complied a list to make your day. I’m going to print it and post it on my bulletin board. And bookmark it. And do whatever else is necessary to find it when I need it. And if I hang around long enough, am persistent enough, believe enough, and find a fairy godmother, I might just need it. Here it is: Janet Reid’s Updated List of Dictionary Terms     Have a great weekend. ~ Kay        
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V-Day Adventure Bares All


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Yesterday was a day filled with Valentine’s stories—in the newspaper, on television and radio, and online. But, of course, I have one more. Mine. As all folks of a certain age who are in a long-term relationship know, it’s difficult to conjure up something creative and wonderful for every gift-giving occasion. It just is. I’d decided to download a bunch of episodes of Car Talk to Hubby's iPod for some upcoming trips until, out of the blue, an idea washed over me. Last week we were getting pedicures at our usual place. Our normal routine is he’ll get a deluxe pedi, while I get a regular one because it takes so much longer to finish my manicure. Anyway one of the components of his pedicure involves this gelatin like substance,…
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Racing the Devil — A review and notes


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Saturday Hubby and I went to a reading by Jaden Terrell from her newly released book RACING THE DEVIL. This was especially exciting for me because I'm now a member of the same critique group as Jaden, Quill and Dagger, but joined long after this book had gone to press. I had the book (of course) but had not read it...then. The reading was at Parnassus Books, Nashville's newest bookstore, opened late last year by best-selling author Ann Patchett and publishing guru Karen Hayes. In Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus was the home of literature, learning and music and the intent of this independent bookstore is to support local writers and artists and provide a venue for writers to connect with readers and readers to connect with books. This complements and…
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When the critiquing gets tough


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I love to read...and write...and edit...and even critique as long as I can find positive things to say. But what happens when there really isn’t anything, anything at all, positive? I don’t want to begin a critique with “You capitalized the first letter of each sentence. Way to go!” But I was taught to start and end on a positive note and put the meat of the critique in between. Fortunately, I seldom encounter such a work, but occasionally, I do. If it’s someone I’ve never critiqued before, perhaps it’s a fluke and I can say, “This doesn’t resonate with me. I don’t understand what you are trying to say.” That states my truth without being mean or discouraging. If, however, it’s someone I’ve been writing with for a while, a critique partner,…
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Cupid’s Blind Speed Dating and I’m in


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No, Hubby needn't worry. I'm blind speed dating with LITERARY AGENTS. Yep! Real, live, in the flesh agents. Top notch agents. Woo-hoo! I didn't discover her until last month, but it seems in November of last year a new undercover sleuth, code name, Cupid, joined the blogosphere with Cupid's Literary Connection. Miss Cupid specializes in bringing talented writers together with astounding literary agents in not so romantical but magical ways. It says so right on her website. She hosted her first event, Love Triangle, in January. I discovered her site when one of the agents, whose blog I follow, was a judge for the inaugural contest and couldn't resist trash talking with the other agent judge. Of course I hopped on over there (before I read another blog) and saw this Cupid…
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