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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Get That Nature Out of My Yard!

It’s safe to say I’m an animal person. Eight laying hens, a spoiled tortoise, and a little mutt dog live in my backyard. A betta fish lives in a luxury condo fish tank on my dresser. At 3:30 AM, however, I...

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A Passion for Green Things

Passion shapes our lives, especially when we pursue it. I would have minored in botany, if I’d had the chance. Plants, especially strong ecosystems of them in a friendly climate, fascinate me. The desert landscape (like the one I see every...

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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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Getting Back to Reading for Fun

I’ve heard adults from all walks of life say “I’d like to get back to reading, but…” Their reasons for wanting to read again (and for not reading now) vary, but here are a few common ones: Time; not enough time! I...

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The Devil to Pay in a Book About Trees

This month, a book about trees took me to the high seas and the origin of a couple of phrases I’ve heard and, honestly, never wondered about until I was offered explanations. If you’re coming up short on a job,...

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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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Learning the Business of Writing

I spent four years at an accredited university earning a degree in creative writing. Not a single class of those eight semesters involved publishing, marketing, or the entertainment industry. I do think that’s a major issue that the school has at...

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Yes, I’d like a chicken calendar and some history on the side

We’re a long way off from when most people buy calendars, going by the time this will be published, so this may seem an odd topic. I tried writing timely posts and it only works part of the time. I...

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Writing Ghost Stories for Young Audiences

I came on this monthly theme by an accident of breaking my book budget in March. And let me just say, March feels like two years ago. But I covered this in a previous post, so you can hop...

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