Category Archives: Writing & Writers

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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F is for Friend

A few days ago I met a good friend for lunch. She was on a rare lunch break and we only had about 55 minutes. We talked nonstop and I felt rejuvenated afterward. She’s my “Best Friend Forever.”  The friend … Continue reading

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E is for Editors

No writer is capable of being completely objective about  her own work Even the best authors in the world have editors.  We seldom see an editor’s name  on a book cover and only occasionally find it buried among the acknowledgements. Editing … Continue reading

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D is for Details

About a hundred years ago (more or less) I used to try to write poetry. After writing and scrapping several wastebaskets full of crapola, I began to study the poems I liked and make lists of what they had in … Continue reading

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C is for Critique Group

This letter of the A-Z Challenge was easy. I wouldn’t be writing today if I didn’t belong to the Callaway Critique Group. Most successful writers recommend a good critique group and the web is full of advice on how to form, find, … Continue reading

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A is for Agents

Agents are real people. Just like you and me. I’ve always known that intellectually, but not with my gut.  For years, agents were unapproachable far away giants who guarded the gateway to my dreams. I discovered the truth at a … Continue reading

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