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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Bookmarking With Style

As a reader, I love a bookish things (of course, books best of all). But there are bookshelves to love and fuss over, which must be the right height, carry all the books we like, and have room enough...

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A Pudding By Any Other Name

Fiddling out the threads of your own ethnicity is a challenge when your historical roots generally prefer to keep themselves to themselves. In my experience, it’s not that smart to go looking for German ethnic clubs and it’s not that...

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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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Used Pianos and Different Tastes

A friend of mine got a message from an out of state relative saying there was a piano free to a good home. The owner of the piano lives in the same city as my friend. Things worked out and...

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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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What a Teacher Wants: Reading Recommendations from a 2nd Grade Teacher

Teachers make fabulous friends, especially for a reader. A friend of mine teaches 2nd grade at a public school, though she started with 4th, then moved to 3rd, and has come to rest in 2nd grade. There she has all...

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A Bit of Bookstore Tourism

On a recent writing-related trip, I decided to spice things up by visiting bookstores in the area I would be visiting. This little bit of bookstore tourism made me realize a couple of things. First, I want to do...

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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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