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I Got Band Friends, Y’all!

Last Saturday, Big Daddy and I did something we haven’t done since our kids were born. We went to see a band perform. In a bar. At night. We never leave the house at night. And when I say we never leave the house at night, I mean we never leave the house at night. […]

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Every Day Is Valentine’s Day

My husband and I have been together for almost twenty-three years. We’ve been a couple for so long that we don’t get caught up in the trappings of Valentine’s Day like we did when we were younger. At this stage in our relationship, we’re just grateful to still be together and madly in love with […]

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A Resolute Resolve

Two years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to write a novel. And it’s been the only resolution I’ve ever kept. It took me nine months to write the first draft and fifteen months to get the story right. I have devoted two years of my life to developing a story that I hope people […]

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Mom’s Week Out

Okay…I didn’t quite meet the NaNoWriMo Challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. I came up short by about 48,877 words. But at least I managed a pretty interesting opening scene. In my defense, I got sidetracked by a week in Las Vegas with my friend Tara. I may not have written half of […]

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NaNoWriMo: Another Love Story

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I’ve taken on the task of participating in NaNoWriMo in order to kickstart my next novel. NaNoWriMo is a challenge to write 50,000 in thirty days. Two years ago I participated for the first time and began my first book. I managed to write over 37,000 words in […]

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It’s More Than Just Words

Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. It’s a long process that takes an emotional toll, whether you want it to or not. I’ve been working on my story everyday for almost 2 years (1 year 11 months and 19 days to be exact) and now I’m at the point where I […]

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A Generous Confidence

I have been tasked by my editor, Barbara, to dig into my heroine’s emotions and pull out how she reacts during those moments when she’s alone with her thoughts. The exercise is designed to make her more real so readers can connect with her on a deeper level.  I wrote her to be a strong […]

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Don’t Pick At It

This week I celebrated my fifteenth wedding anniversary, and I can honestly say that I love my husband more today than I did when I married him. I loved him then, but the depth of love I have for him could only come with time and life experiences. Our vows have been tested and honored […]

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What? You don’t like my story?

When I finished the first revision of my manuscript, I gave a copy to ten people to read and to let me know what they thought of my story.  It still needed work, but I wanted to see if I was going in the right direction since I’d spent so much time writing it, then […]

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Blog Hop

I’ve been asked by my friend Robin Pearson to participate in a blog hop to discuss my writing process by answering four questions. I’m a writing newbie who still has a lot to learn, and I appreciate this opportunity to connect with other writers who’ve been at this for a while. 1. What am I […]

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