Dreams, Reviews

Those Other Places

20 Jan , 2018  

We all have those other places. The places we go, when we drift out of consciousness. I had an odd dream, last night. We’d been traveling to a place that doesn’t exist, on a large ship. In one scene, there was a fascinating spider. It was a spider, but it was also a man – […]

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Health & Wellness

I Swear, I Wasn’t Asking!

10 Jan , 2018  

Remember how I said, “Never, ever, ask“? Well, I swear I wasn’t asking! But Karma has a wicked sense of humor. A bit of background: First, I’m needlephobic. I’m pretty sure this fear is related to my fear of spiders, hornets, and venomous snakes. I can mostly control my reaction, meaning I no longer have […]

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Blogging Tips

Liebster Award

6 Jan , 2018  

What is The Liebster Award? The Liebster Award is a tag which helps new bloggers get noticed, connect with each other and make relationships in the blogging community. I am not a “new blogger,” but I am, nonetheless, honored to be given the award by my friend Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D, E.A., whose middle initial […]

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Op-Ed

Ice and Dispassion

6 Jan , 2018  

So, I bought the book. Yes, that book. I normally refuse to follow the crowd when it comes to “the most talked-about bestseller on the planet right now,” but when my husband asked me, over dinner, if I’d pre-ordered the book, I realized that it fit in nicely with two of my 2018 goals for […]

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Health & Wellness, Humor

Never, Ever, Ask

4 Jan , 2018  

Never, ever ask a writer, “How much worse could it be?” Because we can always imagine something… 2018 got off to a happy, auspicious start, for me, personally – I got to spend the holidays with family in Dallas. Even frigid temps were mostly cause for mirth; how often can you say it’s colder in […]

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Journal

Resolutions 2018

31 Dec , 2017  

I considered going back to my former, iron-clad resolution: “Make no stupid resolutions you have no intention of keeping.” My commitment – my resolve – has faltered, gradually, the last few years, and that’s one resolution I always managed to keep, till that day a few years ago when I decided to tempt fate and […]

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Uncategorized

A Quick Look Back on Things Worth Remembering from 2017

31 Dec , 2017  

It is always worth remembering – and reminding each other: #InDarknessBeLight. After saying “goodbye and don’t let the door hit you in the behind” to 2016, I signed up for the We Are the World Blogfest (#WATWBF). I thought that the blogfest sounded like a terrific way to counter all the negative news 24/7 and to […]

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If we were having coffee

Uncategorized

If We Were Having Coffee…

23 Dec , 2017  

Or tea, or #covfefe, I would put on a fresh pot instead of drinking this lukewarm swill from seven o’clock this morning. I’d Wish You All the Good Things If we were having coffee, I would wish you a merry Christmas, whether you celebrate it or not. I’d also wish you a happy whatever-you-choose-to-celebrate, all […]

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Blogging Tips, Humor

Fresh Perspectives Delivered FREE to the First 100 Subscribers! Deal Ends at Midnight!

16 Dec , 2017  

You’ve heard that “nothing good happens after midnight.” Are you willing to risk it? Are you ready to be plunged into email darkness, unable to read A Fresh Perspective without a cheap flashlight? Don’t worry, I have no plans – now or ever – to turn off the lights here or to charge you to […]

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Uncategorized

Don’t Judge

5 Dec , 2017  

This was lunch.

Humor

Finngelo III, Silly Interview with a Smartphone 

4 Dec , 2017  

Finngelo is the best. He is a great writer and he is very talented and very knowledgeable about his voice. Actually, Finngelo is the name of my phone. We’re collaborating on this post using predictive text. Non-italicized text is limited to one key press at the start of the sentence, and a choice of any […]

Health & Wellness, Op-Ed

Why I Left and Where I Am

2 Dec , 2017  

She’s Gone! She’s Just Disappeared! I’m still alive. I’m still right here. Yes, I left Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram in a bit of a hurry. I’m sorry for that – there’s no nice way to quietly deactivate an account but leave a single post containing a forwarding address, or a “Gone Fishing” notice. It hasn’t […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Rebecca (#NaNoWriMo2017)

25 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Seven Perhaps it was churlish of me to run off without a word of explanation, but I didn’t feel I owed one to Beau. He had seen my grandmother more recently […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

When Life Hands You Lemons… (#NaNoWriMo2017)

19 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Six Beau was waiting for me in the school’s lobby. High school teachers don’t have offices, and the lobby at nine o’clock in the morning was more private than the teachers’ […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

It’s Not Gossip If It’s True, Right? (#NaNoWriMo2017)

17 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Five The murmuring from the teachers’ lounge was little better than the breathless whispering in the halls. Principal Fricke strode into the room with his usual brusque efficiency, clapped his hands […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Rumor Mill (#NaNoWriMo2017)

14 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Four The sun streaming through the curtains made my head throb. “Never drink wine on a Tuesday night,” I muttered, rolling out of bed and blindly feeling my way to the […]

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Bat

#NaNoWriMo2017

Bats in the Belfry (#NaNoWriMo2017)

13 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Three Stewart opened a bottle of Prosecco, filled both our glasses to the rim with golden bubbles, then lifted his in a gesture of salutation. “To best friends,” he said. “Now […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

Ridiculously Easy (#NaNoWriMo2017)

13 Nov , 2017  

Our Story So Far… If you’re just arriving, you may want to start with the first chapter. Here is a table of contents: Chapter Two I drove up the winding road to my little rustic bungalow in Juniper Woods. The windows were aglow with a warm, amber light.  A shadow crossed behind the sheer curtain. […]

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#NaNoWriMo2017

The Road to Hell (#NaNoWriMo2017)

12 Nov , 2017  

Chapter One Joe Krebs and I stared at one another like two small dogs issuing a half-hearted challenge over an old ham bone buried too long in the mud. Neither of us could win, but it was a way to pass the time. I caught Scotty DeLuca cutting his eyes over at the clock, as […]

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On Writing

Countdown to NaNoWriMo!

31 Oct , 2017  

Some of you have already started writing, but for those of us in the United States – where NaNoWriMo got its “Na” – we’re still a good 45 minutes to launch. Getting excited? For me, it’s tradition to stay up till midnight an write, at the very least, “In the beginning…” More can wait until […]

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Humor

Reasons NOT to Start Bullet Journaling

29 Oct , 2017  

Between the blog and Google Calendar and my stash of $0.99 purple-covered composition books from Wal-Mart, I was doing just fine keeping up with the chronicles of daily life, various appointments, and the to-do list. I didn’t need a Bullet Journal. I didn’t want a Bullet Journal. I’d resisted the siren call to even return […]

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Blogging Tips

Serial Blogger

22 Oct , 2017  

Once you’ve considered the pros and cons of blogging your NaNoWriMo novel – or, anything, really – and have decided to go for it, how do you tie all the chapters or related posts together on the blog? Building a table of contents is a bit tedious, and requires extensive cross-linking and updates to be really reader-friendly.

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On Writing

Should I Blog the Novel-in-Progress? #NaNoWriMo #WriteBravely

22 Oct , 2017  

There are good reasons to blog the novel during #NaNoWriMo, and there are excellent reasons not to. It’s entirely up to you, but you need to consider a few things before you commit to a decision: Copyright, Commitment, and Willingness to Fail.

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Visual Perspectives

Gnome’s-Eye View of My Herb Garden

14 Oct , 2017  

Wow, speaking of a fresh perspective! A few weeks ago, my husband recycled the base of an old, rusted basketball hoop into a container garden for me. It wasn’t that I asked him to – I think he realized, finally, that showing me the second copperhead snake he found outside our door had deterred me […]

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Plot Dragons

On Writing

Here, There Be Dragons – Plot Dragons!

14 Oct , 2017  

My fellow Write Triber, Vinodini Iyer wrote, in a comment on my Plot Bunnies, Ninjas, and Tales of Derring-Do, “My plot bunnies sometimes start dragging a bit and I need to turn them into plot dragons to make worth a read.” Naturally, my plot dragons wanted to meet her plot dragons! Forever Friends My first plot dragon […]

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On Writing

Plot Bunnies, Ninjas, and Tales of Derring-Do

10 Oct , 2017  

Have I convinced you to throw yourself into the fray? To sharpen the nib on your fountain pen, dip it into the purple ink, and write perspicacious prose in that delightfully madcap literary adventure known as NaNoWriMo? I hope so! Now, if you’re already addicted to writing, you know the drill. But if you’re still […]

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On Writing

NaNoWriMo Math

6 Oct , 2017  

I remember thinking I’d never be able to break the 6,000 word barrier, let alone write 50,000 words during my first NaNoWriMo. I had something to prove, that first year – to myself. “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. What I’ve learned […]

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On Writing

On Writing

October, or “NaNoWriMo Prep Month”

3 Oct , 2017  

Some of us don’t like to color inside the lines, and November isn’t the time to start. At its core, National Novel Writing Month, or “NaNoWriMo,” is about writing fast enough to drown out the sound of the inner critic in the frantic clacking of fingernails on a keyboard. 50,000 words in 30 days, or […]

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Op-Ed

Always Look for the Helpers

1 Oct , 2017  

I’m proud to live in Houston, Texas, and have never been more proud than now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. For over a week, the world watched images of the devastating Category 4 hurricane and the slow, drenching rains of “Biblical proportions” that engulfed our part of the state, covering large parts of it […]

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On Writing

On Writing

Struggling to Find the Writer’s Voice

23 Sep , 2017  

Struggling to “find your voice“ as a writer? How can it be that you’ve lost it? It’s like looking for the car keys clutched in your hand. What IS Voice? It’s helpful to define what “voice” is and what it isn’t. Jon Jorgenson wrote, “The artistic voice is a longing to create what does not yet exist, […]

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