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Archive for December 2011

Happy Holidays!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the blog contest, which ended at 10pm EST last night. We had  nearly 300 comments! The random number generator picked #156 and that comment belonged to Amber Hauger of Dayton, Ohio and she’s received a $100 gift certificate. Thanks for your enthusiasm, everyone, and especially for sharing the titles…

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One More Chance to Win a Bookstore Gift Certificate!

Guess what today is? It’s your last chance to win a $100 gift certificate to the bookstore (online or bricks and mortar) of your choice. Tomorrow I’ll use a random number generator to pick from all the comments my blog’s received in the last month and a half. I’ll cut off the contest tonight, December…

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Five Simple Things that Make You Happy

I proclaim today gratitude day. What five simple things make you happy? Here’s my list, both the profound and the not-so-profound: 1. Discovering someone else has unloaded the dishwasher. 2. My computer and car both start up without a hitch. 3. Swinging on a swing. 4. A long, heartfelt phone call from a treasured friend. 5. Waking…

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Story Weekend: Sneaking a Peek at Gifts

Don’t try to tell me you’ve never done this. You’d better not mention any gifts you’ve investigated for this Christmas or Hanukkah, just to be on the safe side, but I’d love to hear about your checkered pasts. Remember that everyone who comments on my blog before December 23rd at 10 pm EST is in…

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Decking the Halls!

Every year, Margaret Maron invites our little writers’ coven to her house in the country to gather greenery for our homes. Today was the day and it was perfect: 58 degrees and sunny. Margaret and her granddaughter Natalie took us for a tour through the rosemary, boxwoods, cedars, holly, and nandina in the Maron’s spiffy…

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Love Sing-Off's A Capella Competition!

http://youtu.be/d-dB8ms5XqQ This post has nothing to do specifically with writing but everything to do with knowing how to entertain, which is what writing fiction is all about, correct ? For the past couple of months, John and I have been watching the Sing-Off on TV, hooked on five kids who call themselves Pentatonix. Have you…

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Story Weekend: Holiday Magic

Okay, I’m going to admit it. I can’t think of a personal story for this topic, but it was suggested by a friend and I think it’s a good one, so I’m leaving it up to y’all to share your own stories. Remember that anyone who comments on any of my blog posts before December…

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Visit my Photo Gallery!

As part of my new website design, I’ve updated my photo gallery. Here’s one of my favorite pictures. You can see why I used to be able to dress up as Yoko Ono for Halloween, can’t you? I got a super big kick out of all the comments for Story Weekend this time, which is…

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Story Weekend Theme: Stuffed Animals

I get a kick out of coming up with themes for Story Weekend each week. I use whatever pops into my mind and it’s fun to watch you take off with the topic. This week’s theme: stuffed animals. I can’t wait to read your stories. If you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works:…

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