RIP Harper Lee


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Harper Lee died in her sleep yesterday at the age of 89.   No question she was a noted southern writer, known world-wide for her classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960. It won a Pulitzer in 1961. It remains a bestseller, with more than 30 million copies in print. In 1999, it was voted the "best Novel of the Century" in a poll by the Library Journal.   George W. Bush gave her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. It recognizes individuals who have made "an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interest of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Barack Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts, the highest award…
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What do you write?


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    Blogs? Lyrics? Music? Poetry? Novels? Novellas? Shorts stories? All of the above? I think most writers dabble in most if not all of these areas from time to time. If I'm working on a novel and feel stuck, I might stop and write (or more likely start)  a short story, for instance. I guess it's a brain break. I suppose the voices in our heads tell us what to write and when. I'm thinking about writing something completely new (to me)--a chapter book. Not a chapter book like a child's bedtime story, but a chapter book where chapters are released one at a time online. Poe and Hawthorne and even Mark Twain did released some of their work a chapter at a time (not online, of course). I was contacted by a…
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Enjoy your day


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~ Kay
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Writing Partners–How Do you Screen Them?


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    I got a random e-mail this week from someone I didn't know (or I didn't think I knew--I never know for sure these days). At the top, it had the real name, pen name and another name of a someone I had "met" in an online class in 2010. Then it said, "How did you wind up getting associated ... with this tawdry affair?" This was followed by his first name which is what made me think I might know him. WHAT tawdry affair??? Surely I'd know if I'd been involved in any kind of affair. I hope so! The ... said my picture was on the book review I did for the author's book in 2011. Say what? It's 2016 on my calendar, Pal. What's up with this? I was still…
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Let’s Write


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Writers know the basic rule of writing is to write every day. Write something every day. That is easier said than done. What's really hard is to write on a "writing" project. For example, in the last week, I've written a couple of blog posts, a speech, a workshop, a murder mystery, some committee projects...you get the idea. That doesn't count the 30 some odd e-mails I answer and/or write every day or snail mail correspondence I do for personal, volunteer, or other reasons. It's always something. So when does a writer work on her current project? When I don't do it for a few days I loose momentum, I sometimes even loose my voice, I often loose where I was going with the story...it is so detrimental not to work…
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