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Free story Lemonade Stand: Micro-Essay

Today's  selection is a micro-fiction/personal essay that I wrote for #PaperDarts' 2nd annual micro Fiction Award.  (Click here for the link to the award description.) I missed the deadline for the award, so I thought I would publish it here for you. Enjoy!

Writer’s Event: Local Critique Group Meeting 10/14

If you're local to Charlotte, NC (or know a writer who is), the Mountain Island branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library is having its October Writer's Group Meeting on October 14, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Guest speaker will be from Park Road Books to talk about bookselling.

Writer’s Insight, August: Starting Over Doesn’t Mean Looking Backward

So, if you've been following my blog for the last month, you probably know about my latest struggles with my first novel manuscript. But in case you need a quick refresher: Feb 2017-- Beta Reads and feedback. Major rewrites needed for first half of book Mar-Apr - Did the major rewrites on first chapters for a contest … Continue reading Writer’s Insight, August: Starting Over Doesn’t Mean Looking Backward

Writer’s Insight, October: Copyright Permissions

While I appreciate and respect laws, especially copyright laws, I don't know everything about them. That's most writers, unless you're also in the legal field.  The most that I've learned about the law I've learned from re-runs of Law and Order and Drop Dead Diva (which, FYI, did an episode about copyright infringement with a "50 Shades"-like novel). … Continue reading Writer’s Insight, October: Copyright Permissions

Book Review: “All From Dreams-Book One” by Bethanie F. DeVors

Check out this review on Goodreads, if you want to view the hidden spoiler content. It's just, like, 2 sentences. 😉 (The rest of the text is below) Review on All From Dreams: Book One: The Seodrassian Chronicles by Bethanie F. DeVors My rating: 4 of 5 stars So, Full Disclosure: I'm a friend of the … Continue reading Book Review: “All From Dreams-Book One” by Bethanie F. DeVors

Writer’s Insight July: Post #CampNaNo Vol. 2

Last year was my first foray into the #NanoWriMo world (thanks, Joynell Schultz!), where I worked on drafting my second novel. But I didn't win. 😦 This July's camp, I focused on editing my first novel. I was more cognizant of deadlines, and with a little modifying of my goals, I won! But I struggled the … Continue reading Writer’s Insight July: Post #CampNaNo Vol. 2

Wanted: Writer with Armor-Thick Skin

Believe it or not, I am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month (that's a scene set-up; this is not about Camp) mainly because NaNo has made camp more flexible this time around: you can set page goals if you need to edit instead of write. And, I'm in edit mode. A fierce edit mode. This … Continue reading Wanted: Writer with Armor-Thick Skin