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The Best Man — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It's like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and… Continue reading The Best Man — Review and Giveaway

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Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“The question is whether or not you choose to disturb the world around you, or if you choose to let it go on as if you had never arrived.” ~ Ann Patchett ~Gifts for My Writer Friends:Jennifer Louden has a good post at Writers in the Storm HERE with 6 Ways to Increase… Continue reading Things That Make You Go Yuck!: Crooked Critters — Review and Giveaway

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Jubilee — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“I have written a great many stories and I still don’t know how to go about it except to write it and take my chances.” ~ John Steinbeck ~Gifts for My Writer Friends:We all get a lot of writing tips. Some are great and helpful, some — not so much. Anne R. Allen has… Continue reading Jubilee — Review and Giveaway

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The Poet’s Dog — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“You have to write at least a hundred pages of crap before yourwriting starts getting good. So you may as well start now.”Joe HaldemanGifts for My Writer Friends:A couple years ago, a writer friend mentioned he had decided to enter contests. He thought his work was good enough to garner some notice.… Continue reading The Poet’s Dog — Review and Giveaway

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Still a Work in Progress — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing. Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.” ~ Robert De Niro~Gifts for My Writer Friends:I have long been a fan of fractured fairy tales. HERE is a terrific post… Continue reading Still a Work in Progress — Review and Giveaway

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Unbound — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“Much of writing might be described as mental pregnancy with successive difficult deliveries.” ~ J.B. Priestley, author ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends:The Group Blog has a good post HERE with great reminders about Active vs. Passive sentences. Making the change can help get rid of extra words. Just sayin’. Alex Limberg did a guest post… Continue reading Unbound — Review and Giveaway

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The Thing About Leftovers — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“I like to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose.”  ~ Stephen King ~`Gifts for My Writer Friends:HERE you will find a character name generator. This could save a lot of time. Writers Helping Writers has a terrific post HERE on finding story holes. Check it out.  Sandra Havriluk has a… Continue reading The Thing About Leftovers — Review and Giveaway

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Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:Just because it cracked me up. “A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.” ~ Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher ~Gifts for My Writer Friends:Adventures in YA Publishing is reposting a good… Continue reading Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids — Review and Giveaway

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Mayday — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.”~ Boris Pasternak ~Gifts for My Writer Friends:Maybe the best two minutes you will spend this month can be found HERE. Anne R. Allen’s Blog has a must-read post that is full of links to help… Continue reading Mayday — Review and Giveaway

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Aim — Review and Giveaway

Thought for the Day:“Not a wasted word. This has been a main point to myliterary thinking all my life.”  ~ Hunter S. Thompson ~Gifts for My Writer Friends:Angela Ackerman has a good one HERE called Let’s Get Sensory: Powering Scenes Using the 5 Senses. Dr. John Yeoman has a fun and useful post HERE called How… Continue reading Aim — Review and Giveaway