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Losing Your Soulmate: Writing While Grieving


I started a book February of last year, hoping I could finish it and publish it before the end of the year. But as I have said often enough, life intrudes, sometimes in ways you hope it doesn’t. How do you write after losing your soulmate? That book is not close to its conclusion. I’m far from the lengthy, sometimes tortuous process of having the book edited and proofread, and its book cover designed. Frankly, at this point, I’m no longer sure where to go with it. I had a very good sense of where it would lead before those life events. With time passing and all that happened last year, I have forgotten the scenes I initially meant to write. In fact, I’m rudderless, pushed forward by things I...
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A Life Well-Lived: A Son’s Tribute To A Father


Rich, my husband, passed away just before Christmas. I was and still am in denial. But here’s my son paying tribute to Rich, who was there while he was growing up. A haiku Winter‘s cold dark skies Empty house, what’s missing here? Richard John Journey Parkinson’s is an odd disease. On the one hand, it’s there with you for years, showing only slight indications of its presence initially: a slight shake of the hand, an almost imperceptible slurring of a few words. But, sure enough it progresses, slowly making its presence more apparent. And yet, after all these years, when it finally does take away that someone you love so dearly, you’re shocked and surprised. It sneaks up on you. And in a way...
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Spotlight on Sublime Karma


I’m happy to welcome Soul Mate author Peyton Garver. Today, Peyton shares her new release, Sublime Karma . When Brie’s stepfather moves the family for what he calls a new beginning, it’s not the new beginning the beautiful, yet guarded, senior would have hoped for. Brie is instantly targeted by jealous girls at her new school, and the only available seat on her bus is next to the school’s star wide receiver, Jake, who for some reason, finds her offensive. After a humiliating article and picture of Brie is posted in the online school journal, a demon she thought she’d overcome resurfaces, and her life unravels. A newly compassionate Jake has finally taken an interest in her, but can Brie lear...
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10 Interesting Facts about Mary Allerton Cushman


I’m happy to welcome author Noelle Granger to the Power of 10 series. Today, Noelle shares interesting facts about Mary Allerton Cushman. Here’s Noelle! Many of you know I am writing a historical novel called The Last Pilgrim, about the life of Mary Allerton Cushman. She was the oldest survivor of the passengers on the Mayflower, who became known as the Old Comers. I have become truly lost in the history of the Pilgrims (not given this name until a very late and passing reference in William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647.) The Old Comers and many who followed were Separatists from the Church of England. So here are some facts, of which there are very few as it turns out, about ...
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Living Well and Opting for Joy – A Centenarian’s Secrets


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. Yoga teacher and competitive ballroom dancer Tao Porchon-Lynch turned 100 on August 13, 2018. Just before her birthday, she shared the following seven secrets for aging gracefully: Secret No. 1: Wake up before the sun. “I wake up before the sun rises because I like to watch it rise,” says Tao Porchon-Lynch.“ By observing nature, I can feel a life force. I look outside my window to the sky and tell myself that this is going to be the best day of my life. Th...
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Five Times Two—Elephants & Meerkats Share This Billing


I’m happy to welcome author Missye K. Clarke to the Power of 10 series. Today, Missye shares interesting facts about elephants and meerkaats and her novel, Jersey Dogs. Here’s Missye! The McGuinness cousins, Casper and Logan, have Andrea Pedregon and Katherine “Rocket Dog” Jones in their hearts they’d lay their loves down for. Part of a solid supporting cast in the Casebook series, you’ll learn how Andrea adores elephants and Katherine, mother to twin daughters, discovered she shares a nickname with a lead meerkat family a documentary series followed for four years. Read on . . . and you may grow to love elephants and meerkats as I do. 5. This Ain’t Your Granny’s Trunk! The elephant’s trunk,...
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TCIO Party For Guelph #NaNoWriMo

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Yesterday evening, I joined ten other NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TCIO (Thank Chuck It’s Over) party. A diverse group, we hail from Guelph, Milton, Kitchener, and Wellington County. Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month. My final stats…54,652 words with an average of 1,822 words per day. Original link
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Writers Are Superheroes Because…


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. Earlier this year, I started following the BlondeWriteMore blog. I enjoy receiving a daily dose of inspiration from a blonde British writer and blogger named Lucy Mitchell. She has a delightful blogging voice that brings a smile and a thought-provoking pause to my day. I strongly recommend following her blog . This past Sunday, she wrote about wanting to quit the NaNoWriMo journey, a common feeling among those of us participating in the month-long writing ...
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Spotlight on Debbie DeLouise


I’m happy to welcome author Debbie DeLouise to my blog. Today, Debbie shares her writing journey and novels. Here’s Debbie! My writing journey began when I was a child and enjoyed and excelled at creative writing in school. My publishing journey, however, took a bit longer. My first published piece, unless you count the articles I wrote for my college newspaper, was an article about my cats for Cat Fancy Magazine. Several pet articles followed before I published my first story, “Stitches in Time,” in Cat Crimes Through Time, a mystery anthology compiled by Edward Gorman and Martin Howard Greenberg in 2001. It took seven more years before I published my first book, Cloudy Rainbow, that was re...
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10 Things That Inspire Me to Write


I’m happy to welcome back Soul Mate author Carol Warfield to the Power of 10 series. Today, Carol shares ten sources of writing inspiration and her latest release, The Unexpected Wife . Here’s Carol! 1. True love! I’ve been married for almost fifty years and the healing magic of being with another never fails to inspire me. Human beings are born to join with the Other, and the myriad ways we do that never fail to attract me. 2. Families—What is a story without drama, pain, conflict, and ultimate growth and success. Nothing creates more drama than the things families do to and with one another. Nothing cuts deeper into our emotions. 3. Good books—when I become completely absorbed in an author...
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In Praise of Consistency


On Wednesdays, I share posts, fables, songs, poems, quotations, TEDx Talks, cartoons, and books that have inspired and motivated me on my writing journey. I hope these posts will give writers, artists, and other creatives a mid-week boost. I’ve just completed the second week of this year’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) journey. While I’ve been tempted to write well beyond the suggested 1,667-word daily count, I’m determined to pace myself. Rereading the following real-life account helps keep me on track. In 1911, two explorers, Amundsen and Scott, embarked on a race against each other to become the first known human being to set foot upon the southernmost point of Earth. It was th...
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Happy World Kindness Day!


First launched in 1998, World Kindness Day is honored in 28 nations worldwide. The mission of the day is to create a kinder world by celebrating and promoting good deeds. Individuals, schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to pledge acts of kindness. Here are ten quotes to inspire you… “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop “When words are both true and kind, they can change the world.” Buddha “Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.” Confucius “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama “Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu “Kind word...
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Interview with Amy Metz

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I’m chatting with Amy Metz about my writing process and latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion. Drop by A Blue Million Books blog . Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Original link
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Review from Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book

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I received an insightful and thought provoking review of A Different Kind of Reunion on the Escape with Dollycas Into a Good Book blog. Molte grazie, Lori! Original link
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Interview with Shannon Muir

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I’m chatting with Shannon Muir about my writing process and latest release, A Different Kind of Reunion. Drop by The Pulp and Mystery Shelf blog . Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Original link
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All About Anthologies


I’m happy to welcome author Ryan Jo Summers. Today, Ryan chats about anthologies and Crossing Jordan, her contribution to the anthology Craving Forbidden . Here’s Ryan! Anthologies are great both to read and to write. The first anthologies I read was two fictional horse collections sometime around age nine or ten. They fed my insatiable appetite for horse literature. Then I discovered my mom’s collection of Reader’s Digest anthologies. Those volumes opened up doors to my young eyes that have shaped and helped my writing career. They introduced me to new genres and new authors and lead to a more open mind in both my recreational reading and my writing. I never want to say I “only read X stori...
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Kate Morton Visits Kitchener


Yesterday evening, I attended “An Evening with Kate Morton” at the central branch of the Kitchener Public Library. A packed auditorium and overflow room greeted the international best-selling author of The House of Riverton , The Forgotten Garden , The Distant Hours , The Secret Keeper , and The Lake House . Her latest release, The Clockmaker’s Daughter , is one of the Top 10 books of 2018 (Indigo). After reading a short excerpt from The Clockmaker’s Daughter, Kate participated in an armchair conversation with Kitchener writer, Kayleigh Platz. The time flew quickly as Kate shared her writing journey and details about her novels. One of three daughters, Kate was born and raised in Australia. ...
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When Writing, Like Painting, Is A Naked Art

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A few years ago, I did a large canvas painting using sketches of models from an art class I attended. At first, I didn’t know where I should go with it. I’m an okay, but not a particularly gifted painter, unsure of my work. Some artists talk about staring at large canvases and being frightened. How do you fill all that emptiness? I didn’t quite feel that way. In fact, I felt reckless—what the heck, I can gesso it if it doesn’t resonate with something in me. Or cut if up into smaller tableaus. Confronting the intimidating titanium whiteness before me, I selected a sketch. I painted her almost smack in the middle of the canvas. The model stands firmly, but she seems self-conscious. By many art...
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The Road to Self-Publication


I’m happy to welcome author Ryan Jo Summers to the Power of 10 series. Today, Erin shares insights from her self-publication journey and her latest release, September’s Song. Here’s Ryan! “September’s Song” is actually my second self-published book, but the reasons behind each one, and the processes along the way, are vastly different. In July 2017 I took my WordPress blog series and created a book and offered it to the public. It was a non-fictional account taken almost directly from the blog journal that chronicled the first two years with my adopted collie, Ty. The reason was simply to share the story of our successes and failures to a wide audience and offer encouragement to other pet ow...
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Spotlight on Liar Liar


I’m happy to welcome best-selling author Nancy Boyarksy. Today, Nancy shares her new release, Liar Liar. Blurb Nicole Graves finds herself in the crosshairs when she reluctantly agrees to babysit a witness in a high-profile rape trial. Mary Ellen Barnes is suing her university’s star quarterback for rape when the authorities won’t act. In the court of public opinion, Mary Ellen appears to be the quintessential, pious, good girl. But her lies and mysterious comings and goings lead Nicole to suspect that she’s not what she seems. Excerpt Nicole heard a sound and came in from the balcony in time to see Mary Ellen, now fully dressed, slip out the front door. Nicole ran after her. She couldn’t al...
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