Category Archives: Writing

Find your own hidden gems of creativity


“Everyone wants to be creative, but some people just seem to ooze creativity from their pores.  Many people believe creativity is a certain something you either have or don’t have.     The truth of the matter is that everyone has a creative side.  It may look different than that of others, but everyone can turn on …

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The Gremlin Got Me!


A writing Gremlin has been eating both sides of my brain dogging my steps lately.  I’m not sure what his name is, but I sure wish he’d go away.  Some might call him ‘writer’s block’; others might call him ‘extreme busy-ness’.  I just call him a pain in the butt neck.  Fortunately, in my blog …

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Crossing Mountains (one pebble at a time)


I came across this quote in one of my puzzle books: “Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.   Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain”. Anonymous       How often, in life and in our writing endeavors, do …

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Out of the Comfort Zone


I am a puzzle freak. I love a challenge. I need a challenge. ♥♦♥♦♥ I’m not talking about jigsaw, puzzles here.  I mean the kind that you buy in a booklet type thing.  Cross Sums, Numbers Place, Syllacrostics, Anacrostics, Cryptograms, and the like.  In my obsession, I often will get into one type of puzzle …

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Put the ketchup on ‘em


My grandson loves to play “ketchup” when we’re in the car.  This game started as a game of “catch up” in which we would attempt to catch up to or pass the car in front of us (safely of course).  Soon it devolved evolved into “let’s put the ketchup on ‘em gramma.” I tried to …

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Celeste: A Review


Celeste is a psychological thriller in novella form by Michelle Devon.  The word thriller definitely applies to this story.  It keeps the reader guessing at every turn and trying to predict the outcome.  Be warned that once you start reading, you will not want to put it down until the end.  Then you might wish it …

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Freelance Writing Guide: A Review


As a writer, I often look for articles and books that help me with my craft.  One such book is Freelance Writing Guide by Christine Rice.   Christine is a self-published writer who decided to share the things she learned in her first year as a free-lance writer.  The book is simple and concise, but it gives a …

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A Question from Gram


Have you noticed Imma has been around a lot lately?  I’m not sure what Gram’s problem is, but she has been content to allow Imma to play.  Of course she’s been quite busy elsewhere, so that could be it.  Today Gram has a question:   Gram:  Imma, I appreciate you posting while I’ve been busy …

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Word Play: Illiteration


 This one is from Gram.  In the continued spirit of playing with words and all the many things that can go wrong in the English language, I want to share a word from the Urban Dictionary.  A few examples follow the definition.  I hope you enjoy :D   Illiteration – 1.  The repetition of spelling …

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The right brain/left brain conundrum: Do you hold yourself back?


The following is an excerpt from an article in which Dian Curtis Regan, a prolific writer of children’s and YA material of all kinds, offers some advice to newbies.  The article is “Ask the Author:  Dian Curtis Reagan” by Jon Bard of Children’s Book Insider (check out his newsletter).     The question: “I recently …

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