December 2014 archive

Dec 16

No Greater Gift

“I’ve got pageant on the brain.” It’s a temporary affliction that I most recently revealed to my friends one evening while we were playing Euchre. The conversation had been swimming around careers and responsibilities, and at some point I squeezed in my earth-shattering news: I’m directing the Christmas pageant at my church and am preoccupied …

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Dec 10

A Talisman, a Tool

What does a tarot deck, an athame, a grimoire, silver and a cross have in common? I’m sure you can guess. They all are tools used in the paranormal trade that are staples in any number of different manuscripts. But how do your characters use them, and how can you as a writer find authentic …

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Dec 07

Let Your Passion Fly Free

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Maya Angelou “Don’t die with your music still inside. Listen to your intuitive inner voice and find what passion stirs your soul.” Wayne Dyer You’ve always wanted to write the “next best seller,” yet you haven’t completed one manuscript. I know, I know. …

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Dec 03

Joe’s Place

I’m sometimes asked what do I most enjoy about visiting bookstores. My first thought is the excitement of possibly finding a book that I’ve been searching for or a book that I’d not realized that I was searching for. Usually it’s one signed by the author or an older paperback that can only be found …

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Dec 01

Amazing Lady, Jennifer

I went down to the basement through a narrow spiral staircase from the kitchen. The tiny kitchen has a small cooking stove and a large rice cooker on the counter. Jennifer has set up her beauty parlor in the basement and takes care of customers at any time, early morning and late evenings. Customers are …

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