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Realistic Animals in Colored Pencils — Review

Thought for the Day: “One day work is hard, and another day it is easy; but if I had waited for inspiration I am afraid I should have done nothing. The miner does not sit at the top of the shaft waiting for the coal to come bubbling up to the surface. One must go… Continue reading Realistic Animals in Colored Pencils — Review

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Crashing in Love — Review

Thought for the Day: “Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.”~ Barbara Kingsolver ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Janice Hardy has such a great guest post HERE on Writers in the Storm with 5 Ways to Add… Continue reading Crashing in Love — Review

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Paradise on Fire — Review

Thought for the Day: "We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed."~ Maya Angelou ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Every month Writer’s Rumpus offers a list of opportunities for MG and YA authors — classes, contests, etc. HERE is this month’s.… Continue reading Paradise on Fire — Review

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Linked — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "The first two, three, four weeks are wasted. I just show up in front of the computer. Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too." ~ Isabel Allende ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Every year, Writer’s Digest puts out a list of the 101… Continue reading Linked — Review & Giveaway

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Homer on the Case — Review

Thought for the Day: "Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages and write just one page for each day, it helps. Then when it gets finished, you are always surprised."~ John Steinbeck ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Kristen Lamb has done it again. Her posts… Continue reading Homer on the Case — Review

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Upstaged — Review

Thought for the Day: “One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person… Continue reading Upstaged — Review

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Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "When I'm writing, I like to seal everything off and face the wall, not to look outside the window. The only way out is through the sentences."~ E. L. Doctorow ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I have a couple characters in my novel who have heavy accents, but how should… Continue reading Because of that Crow — Review & Giveaway

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A Talent for Trouble — Review

Thought for the Day: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”~ Shannon Hale ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: It's awfully important to have clarification on your theme as you write your novel. C. S. Lakin at Live Write… Continue reading A Talent for Trouble — Review

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The Boy with the Butterfly Mind — Review

Thought for the Day: “Beginnings and endings remain with the reader long after the story is gone. They are powerful, emotive signs cut into the storytelling trees. Pay attention to them. Work hard on them. Ignore them at your peril.”~ Jane Yolen ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Orly Konig wrote an interesting post HERE… Continue reading The Boy with the Butterfly Mind — Review

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Skunk and Badger — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.”~ Stephen King ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Writers need words. This is just for fun. There were 650 new words added to the on-line dictionary, dictionary.com, this year. HERE is an article listing 50 of them. My favorite, in this… Continue reading Skunk and Badger — Review & Giveaway