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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


Sunsets always inspire my muse:) http://

Sunsets always inspire my muse:)

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


A Few Famous Quotes to Inspire or Empathize With During NaNoWriMo

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”images
—George Orwell

“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”
—Philip Roth

“Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand for everything.”
—Stephen King,

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf

“Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.”
—Larry L. King, WD

“There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.”
—Doris Lessing

“The first sentence can’t be written until the final sentence is written.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, WD

There is no such thing as “Writing Wrong,” as long as you are Writing you are on the “Write Track.”

—Dawne Knobbe (Mad Hatter)

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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


Oh Oh! Did Summer Adventuring Water-log Your Writing Schedule?

IMG_0301Did you let your writing and your characters snooze for the last month or so like I did, instead of taking them along for the summer fun? Guess what? It’s time to re-motivate, re-dedicate and re-activate your Write Brain.  You might have to re-read what you have written to date, to reacquaint yourself with your story’s progress.  Don’t beat yourself for letting time slide by,  A little distance from your story can be a good thing.  Make some notes as you read through. Hopefully, you will have a new perspective on problem areas. Give yourself a day to digest any big changes you are thinking of making, then, it’s time to dive back in and write on!

Derisively Motivating Quotes (insert writing where needed:)

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

“I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” -Oscar Wilde

“The main thing is keeping the main thing the main thing.” -German Proverb

(Have a favorite motivating quote? Love to see it!)


Put a Little Summer Sizzle into Your Writing

th-1We all know children loose some of their literacy skills over the summer. But what about writers? If summer fun overtakes your writing schedule will you be able to jump right back in as soon as September hits? Keep your stories fresh in your mind. Take your characters out to play with you at the beach, in the park, Hiking in the mountains. The more you know about how your characters react in different situations, the stronger they will become. You might find a location and scene writing itself in your head. Jot down a note or a sentence and pop it into your summer ideas file. Hopefully with a little creative play, you will keep your characters and story lines sizzling till fall!
A fun quote from Robert Frost
“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.”
Happy summer writing trails:)


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Posted by on July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


Adding new meaning to a “Book Bite”

When I bite into a book I want to experience all the delicious layers. As I devour the characters, nibbling on plot lines and savoring the scenery I know that each page offers a new sensation. And what I love about the chefs— each mix of ingredients produces an entirely different experience. Milk, eggs, chocolate… each turn of the whisk adds a unique blend. Best part; you can eat up a book and still have it to eat up again and again:)


Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Uncategorized


Writing quote for the week

"Telling" Stories:)

“Telling” Stories:)

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Uncategorized


Learning to Balance Life and Creativity

Learning to Balance Life and Creativity

Where ever your creative talents lie, you must not tip yourself too far in one direction or the other. So many people call themselves writers, but rarely, actually write anything down at all. I have heard the old adage over and over “Butt in Chair equals writing.” You must stop telling yourself “I will write when I am finished—decorating, paying bills, reading this book, cleaning the bathroom…” Your writing needs equal billing. Don’t let your creative brew ferment on your finger tips, make sure you spill it on the page or, take it from the Walrus in Alice in Wonderland—
“The time has come,” the walrus said, “to (write) of many things: Of shoes and ships – and sealing wax – of cabbages and kings”
(okay so I used a little bit of poetic license, but I am a fiction writer after all and right now, my butt is in a chair writing!)


Posted by on February 19, 2014 in Uncategorized


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We’re Baaaaaaaaack!

After a long blogging hiatus, we are firing up our engines and rolling up our sleeves and our quote to ponder is Creative self-approval. Or as Alice would say: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” This week we want to to stop yourself from stopping yourself. Give your inner critic a week off and post one impossibly wonderful thing you had dreamed up lately. Mine? I played mermaid in the pool. Have been working on a mermaid story and wanted to see what it would feel like it swish my tail and my hair and breath underwater…It was fabulous and I might just write this story so I can continue to embody my “Mermaidness!” Okay, now your turn—Image


Posted by on February 4, 2014 in We're Baaaaack!


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Writing Quote for the Week

     I Like this quote I dislike this quoteBe yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.” John Jakes

Mad hatter’s interpretation—Don’t let this quote intimidate you so much you can’t finish. I beleive in the “shitty first draft,”  does that mean I’m full of Sh_ _—Wait, you don’t actually have to answer that:)

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Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Uncategorized