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Book Review – A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert

This weekend, I devoured A Wilder Rose by Susan Wittig Albert. I think I started it on my Thursday morning commute and finished it by Sunday night. I loved it for many reasons and highly reccomend it. About the book: The Little House books, which chronicled the pioneer adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, are among Read More

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Book(s) Review – Victorian San Francisco Mysteries by M. Louisa Locke

One of my many works-in-progress is a Victorian mystery series, I love San Francisco, and I love Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight Mystery series. I’ve already read all 17 of Thompson’s books this year, so while I anxiously await the next chapter of her saga, I though M. Louisa Locke’s Victorian San Francisco Mystery series would fill Read More

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Words to Live By: Boredom

I think all of us have read something or heard something that changed our lives or the way we look at things. So I’m going to start sharing some quotes that have made a difference in my life. The first one comes to you via Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather from the character of Death: Human beings Read More

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When Writing Goes Bad

or, Why I’ll Probably Break Up With Game of Thrones I don’t think I can talk about the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones without spoilers so… You have been warned. I took the death of Jon Snow at the tail end of the season 5 finale, “Mother’s Mercy,” hard. At this point, I Read More

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Best time to write?

A friend of mine who is a university professor and is also writing her dissertation posted this funny gif yesterday with the caption, “When you try to write after getting home from teaching:”   I must say this sentiment probably applies to anyone who has both a job and the drive to be a writer. Read More

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Making Stories Your Own

I just found this really fascinating article about the history of Cinderella. For most of us, probably our first introduction to Cinderella was Disney’s 1950 version. As we got older, we probably heard rumors of the darker Grimm version in which the sisters mutilate their own feet to fit in the slippers. But you might Read More