Writing Living Histories: The Memory Book

I believed my family was close. I grew up with both parents in the home and two brothers, near my mother’s parents who lived a few miles away. We talked about family history regularly. It wasn’t until I took...

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The Sandlot Principle: Which Team Are You?

On a sticky summer day, two teams shouted each other down on a scrubby sand lot. Insults flew between the little league pitcher in uniform and the scrappy catcher in shorts. The catcher had enough. His face flushed red, his eyes...

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Globetrotters, Comic Con, and Me

Stars came together this last weekend. Amazing things happening, and I’d chosen a piece of it. Two friends traveling Europe were having exciting new experiences and sending back pictures. One friend, Sam of the Book Owls, traveled with her husband...

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What is Detail, What is Plot: Deciphering Writer’s Block

Planning a story should produce a strong outline. That outline, made up of interesting and interconnected scenes, ties your ideas together into a cohesive and engaging plot. Faced with a pile of potential scenes to organize into a story,...

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Library Sales – Find Great Books, Support Local Causes

If you’re looking for budget books, keep tabs on your city libraries’ events. This last month, the Mesa Public Library hosted their semiannual used book sale. As it was only two days – Friday and Saturday – the enthusiasm...

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Writing Retreats: Get Away From it All to Write it All

Imagine sitting down to write in a beautiful spot, up in the mountains, away from distractions and demands on your time and energy. You’ve got a comfortable chair, space for your power cords, an endless supply of your favorite...

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Creativity and Mental Illness

Some time ago, a member of one of my online writing groups shared an infographic to the group feed that stated, “Writers are 121% more likely to suffer from mental illness than the general population.” Folks with an even temper...

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Bookish Buddies – Making and Keeping Book-loving Friends

Reading, as any hobby, often improves with companionship. Though sitting down with a good book only requires a seat, a book, and you, a love of reading brings people together in a unique way. Finding friends who like to read...

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A Case for Small Storytellers

Statistically speaking, there are aspiring writers out there who will become very successful with high sales and many awards. The more part of us will land on the ridiculously wide spectrum that runs from "writing only for ourselves" to "publishing...

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Free Writing Course – And really, it’s a good one!

I’ve been waiting for this week for two years. There are few things more wonderful than free instruction, and one of those things is free quality instruction. During the summer of 2015, I took a chance on a couple of writing...

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