Category Archives: Writing & Writers

I Should be Writing

My writing buddy, Lori Robinett, posted this picture to my FB page. It was intended as inspiration, or a friendly reminder, to get on with my novel.  Instead, it reminded me that I wanted to be sure to catch the … Continue reading

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Checking the Details

“Use Grammarly to check for plagiarism because yo mama didn’t raise no cheater!” My Mama didn’t raise a cheater, either, but it is so easy to clip and snip online, sometimes I lose track of exactly whose words my snippets came from. … Continue reading

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He’s Gone by Deb Caletti

He’s Gone by Deb Caletti My rating: 3 of 5 stars He’s Gone breaks all the “good writing” rules and gets away with it. It’s written in first person. We are told to limit the number of times we use … Continue reading

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S is for Spring and Senses

A phrase we hear often as writers is “Show, don’t tell.” One way we can do this more effectively is to include descriptions using all five senses. Sensory words paint vivid pictures that relate to the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, … Continue reading

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Q is for Quitter

The temptation is always there. Why not just quit? When a job gets hard, when I have to struggle and push myself, there’s always this little part of my mind whispering you don’t have to do this. Just quit. Do … Continue reading

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M is for Missouri Memoir and Mama

I was born in a little Missouri River town.  Here’s a snippet from my memoir. All hell broke loose and kept on coming when Mama found the snakes in the oven. The first snake was bad enough. She was just … Continue reading

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L is for Long Branch Books

I started Long Branch Books for my family history books several years ago.  Then I did a few books as favors to friends. Last year, after I retired, I turned it into a small business. Longbranch Books published seven titles this … Continue reading

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J is for Joe Pickett

Joe Pickett is a fictional character created by C.J. Box.  I like everything he writes, especially if it’s about Joe Pickett. Since I am a writer myself, I have to ask  myself why.  Why do I love Joe Pickett so much … Continue reading

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H is for Historical Research

Reliable historical research depends on consulting primary sources. Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred (or in the lifetime of those present in the form of memoirs and oral histories). Primary sources may include letters, … Continue reading

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G is for Genealogy

Genealogy and writing are my two passions. Fortunately, they go well together. Some genealogists collect facts for years and never get all that great information together in a form that non-genealogist family members will want to read and enjoy.  As … Continue reading

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