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37 Days at Sea — Review

Thought for the Day: "Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life--think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success."~ Swami Vivekananda ~ Gifts… Continue reading 37 Days at Sea — Review

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Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid.”~ H.W. Fowler ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Backstory is always an issue. Susan DeFreitas has an excellent post HERE on… Continue reading Bug Blonsky and his Swamp Scout Survival Guide — Review & Giveaway

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Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

Thought for the Day: “Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good.”~ William Faulkner ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward has a great post HERE that explains What’s the Difference Between Dashes and Hyphens. I discovered I don’t always… Continue reading Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood — Review

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Alone — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander." ~ Anne Lamott ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Janice Hardy at Fiction University always has something good for writers. HERE she has… Continue reading Alone — Review & Giveaway

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365 Days to Alaska — Review

Thought for the Day: “Never use a verb other than 'said' to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the writer sticking his nose in. But ‘said' is far less intrusive than 'grumbled,' 'gasped,' 'cautioned,' ‘lied.'”~ Elmore Leonard ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I never think very much… Continue reading 365 Days to Alaska — Review

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7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic, energetic striving, but it comes into us slowly and quietly and all the time, though we must regularly and every day give it a little chance to start flowing, prime it with a little solitude and idleness.”~ Brenda Ueland ~… Continue reading 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up — Review & Giveaway

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Blood and Germs — Review

Thought for the Day: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”~ Winston Churchill ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Derek Haines at Just Publishing Advice has a terrific post HERE that will help you Improve your Writing with These 10 Quick and Easy Tips. I particularly… Continue reading Blood and Germs — Review

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While I Was Away — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: "All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”~ Walt Disney ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: I think writers… Continue reading While I Was Away — Review & Giveaway

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Before the Ever After — Review

Thought for the Day: "THE GREATEST TEACHER FAILURE IS.” ~ YODA ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: HERE is a new post on getting rid of filler words and phrases by Karen Hertzberg on the Grammarly blog. It’s worth your time. Grammar Girl has a very helpful post HERE about Why Dumbing Down Your Language… Continue reading Before the Ever After — Review

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The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway

Thought for the Day: “If people are doubting how far you can go, go so far that you can’t hear them anymore.” ~ Michele Ruiz ~ Gifts for My Writer Friends: Jill Hedgecock wrote a terrific post HERE for The Creative Penn that gives you a way to use visual inspiration for your writing. I’m always… Continue reading The Secret Starling — Review & Giveaway