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Quote of the Week – December 11

“I’m sick of following my dreams, man. I’m just going to ask where they’re going and hook up with ’em later.” ~ Mitch Hedberg Original link
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Presents for the furry members of our family


Christmas is a time of giving. We give gifts to family, friends, strangers and…of course, our pets. Most of us after all consider our furry (or not so furry) pets part of our family.Numerous surveys show that people love to go over board buying snacks, toys and beds for their fur babies. Survey results in the U.S. show up to 89 percent of dog and cat owners buy their pets gifts. In fact, one survey showed 56% spend more on their pets than their own family members. And just because I found it interesting, people spend more on dogs than cats. Poor kitties.The pet industry of course knows our love for our pets and offer a plethora of gifts to choose from whether it is toys, clothing, collars, b...
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Recipe of the Month – Snow Flake Cocoa

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Giving a little thanks…

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!Since today is Thanksgiving and I figure many people (at least those in the US) are gathered around the table giving thanks and eating good food, I thought I would take a moment as an author and blogger to give thanks too. Thank you…to those who have read my stories…I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have loved writing them.Thank you…to those who follow or read my blog. I hope you have found some interesting or helpful information here.Thank you…to my family for their support as I try to balance writing and being a mom. It seems lately writing has taken a back seat to other life activites but hopefully I can change that this coming year.Now get back to your Than...
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Quote of the Week – Nov. 27

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. ~ John F. KennedyOriginal link
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Counting down to Christmas with Advent calendars


As a child, it is hard to wait for Christmas. To help my kids countdown to the big day, I introduced them to Advent calendars.Now when I was a child, we had advent calendars but they were much simpler. We opened a small door to reveal a picture or maybe a piece of chocolate. My brother and I shared a calendar, each opening a door on alternating days.When I first started the kids on Advent calendars, I bought them ones filled with their favorite toys. They make one for those that like matchbox cars, Playdough, Legos (Friends, City or Star Wars), Barbie, Tsum Tsums and more. They also have ones with chocolate, nail polish, makeup, or even alcohol (for adult, obviously). Prizes range from $6 fo...
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Using timelines to organize information for your novel


Timelines can help you keep track of your information as your write your novel. These can keep your story consistent. A timeline suggests a past, present, and future or in the case of a plot, a beginning, middle and end. we can see cause and effect. We see patterns and turning points.CharactersThe most common timeline author use is to keep track of their character’s past. Charting their backstory helps you understand the character’s current attitude/characteristics. Or it can simply help you keep track of their past events or even the lineage of the royal family. If you keep timelines of your main characters, you can make sure the events work with one another.Plot Timelines can help with sto...
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Quote of the Week – Nov. 13

International Stand Up to Bullying Day is Friday, November 15. “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition on your life; define yourself.” ~ Harvey FiersteinOriginal link
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Navigating makeup and my tween


Last Friday, my daughter attended her first middle school dance. This was just a casual dance, not a boy-ask-girl type thing. She was very excited to be meeting up with her friends and picked out a simple black dress.This is somewhat of a surprise because Lexie isn’t a girly-girl. She doesn’t wear dresses, fuss with her hair or care about fashion or typically her looks. But I know the day is coming when she might want to do some of these things. She is after all 11 years old.And we got just a hint of what is to come last Friday evening. She got dressed and fussed over her hair, combing, styling and worrying about fly away hairs. We got that under control, and then she mentioned makeup.She wo...
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Scenes of a Novel

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I’m currently busy writing my sixth book, so I decide now was a good time to do a review of some of my previous posts on writing a scene in your novel. I have covered everything from starting the scene, ending the scene, adjusting the pace, and even specialty scenes. Hopefully you will find something here to help you with your writing.Deciding how to begin a scene in your novel The goal of the beginning of a scene is to draw the reader in. It must make the reader want to read more. A few months ago, I wrote about writing the opening scene of your novel. That crucial scene is often where readers decide if they like your book or not. (Read more here)Writing the opening scene of your novel(Exce...
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Weight Loss update & the upcoming holidays

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Back in August, I wrote about using Noom, a health app designed by behavioral psychologists to help you lose weight for the long run. By the end of August, I had lost 15 lbs and reached my goal weight. But at the time, my subscription was not up.Now, I would have liked the app to change your calorie count to help you go from cutting calories to your normal calorie intake. So, I was aiming for 1200 calories on the app (not taking into account any exercise done). This was 600 calories a day less than normal. It would have been nice to see what normal eating should be.I kept up with the app through the first week of September and then sent in my notice that I was cancelling my subscription whic...
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#TBT – A Halloween Story

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It is Throw Back Thursday…and Halloween, so I am going with something I posted 6 years ago on Halloween.One October about 8 years ago, my my local newspaper issued a challenge to write a Halloween “story” on Twitter using only 128 characters. (Their designated hashtag took up the remaining 12 characters.) They published the top entries which included two of mine. Here is one of my entries expanded into a 500-word short story.The original tweet:His fangs lock on the zombie’s neck. Growling, he thrashes his head as he saves me. Never walk in a graveyard without your dog.The new short story: It was a dark night. The moon hung high in the air as I took my evening walk. I had been pouring over th...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 30

Where there is no imagination, there is no horror. ~ Arthur Conan DoyleOriginal link
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Making Comic Con or Halloween costumes


If you have been following my blog, you know that typically we go to our local Comic Con and when we do, we dress up. And of course, the kids dress up at Halloween. Some of these times – for either occasion – we buy a costume online, but many times, we make our own. Sometimes that means finding all the different pieces and putting them together or it might mean just buying a costume and creating props.Now, I don’t sew and don’t really consider myself a crafty person. Luckily for my family, we have my husband who is much better at costume making. It started with making his own Jedi costume.Jedi CostumeStore bought robe and boots and scrubs for the pantsMade tunic belt and light saber     Han ...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 23

Volunteers do not necessarily have the TIME; they just have the HEART. ~ Elizabeth AndrewOriginal link
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Dropping one of my volunteering jobs


Time.It is the one thing I always wish I had more of. There never seems to be enough time to get everything – writing, work, volunteering, parenting, housekeeping – done. So, I finally decided to give up one of my volunteer jobs – Activities Committee Chair for our neighborhood.I am not sure how much time this will free up, and honestly, I am not dropping it because I don’t have time. I am dropping it as my children are getting older and I am tired of not having help with our 3 activities we do each year.I joined the Activities committee back in 2007 – I think. I am not totally sure how long I have been a member. I do know that I was on the newsletter committee from 2005 to 2015. That is pro...
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Letting the kids pick their own Halloween Costumes


When the kids were babies and toddlers, we picked out their Halloween costumes for them. Of course, they couldn’t decide or even understand why they were dressing up. So parents get the opportunity to decide what cute or interesting costume they will dress their little one up in. But once kids reach about 3 years old, they start having their own ideas. And this was the time that we let them take the lead in deciding what they wanted to be (within reason, of course).Now I know that some parents like controlling their kids Halloween costume. Maybe it is to get them out of being the popular character of that year or maybe it is because they want to create costumes that fit a family theme. I’ve ...
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Quote of the Week – Oct. 9

“When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean only the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres Original link
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Dealing with a complainer

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There is always at least one person you know that you might dread talking or dealing with. You know the one. Every time you see Jim, he complains about work (or politics, or the economy, or sports) non-stop. Or perhaps it is Sue who talks endlessly about how awesome her kids are. Then there is Mary who does nothing but yammer on about any topic.You know how these people are and honestly sometimes you just aren’t in the mood to deal with them. You find yourself mentally (or actually) sighing or rolling your eyes at their approach. You don’t fully listen to them as it is the same old thing, each and every time. Ok, there are slight variations to their stories but really, it is the same situati...
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Quote of the Week – October 2

The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike say a brain surgeon. ~ Robert CormierOriginal link
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