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Pregnant or the start of Menopause?


I stood staring at the boxes lining the top shelf. I hadn’t done this in over ten years, and it seemed odd to be standing in the grocery store once again to buy a pregnancy test. Oh, I knew the chance of me being pregnant was infinitesimally small, but when your menstrual cycle is off by a week, you need to rule out the possibility. I say the chance is infinitesimally small because my husband had a vasectomy nine years ago after the birth of our daughter. The chances of getting pregnant after a vasectomy are less than 1% but there are so many stories out there of it happening, I had to rule that out. Thankfully, the test came back as negative. My kids are 9 and 12. I am happily done with the...
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Absolution


Writers Envy absolution hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh bundled and warm     cold crisp air     stings with each inbreath hmmm hhuhhh tears drawn away by the cold     or are they hmmm hhuhhh hmmm hhuhhh muffled     but heightened     as within the confessional     silence descends as Nature dons her alb hmmm hhuhhh a puff of warm air     echoing     as through a long narrow cylinder     the absence of sound     amplified by the tenuous fall of prayers     returning to earth’s chapels hmmm hhuhhh this soft white blanket of compassion     buries weed     dirt     death     while above the shroud hmmm hhuhhh trees     stark against blue pure sky     arms beseeching     beseeching     beseeching hmmm hh...
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Fretting


Writers Envy Ripples in a pond fret amid damp earth’s fragrance whose deep-anchored tendrils curl around and around and up and up to caress and nurture. Focusing on the footpath, rigid muscles and throbbing temples. Panting. Impeding scales fall away as sunlight breaks through a misty veil. Pause. Beyond the trees a beckoning forest and a horizon, and mountains soften into hills. Renewal. Gaining the horizon. Footpath sweeps along.       View original post Original link
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The Archivist — Chapter 15

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Chapter 15 “I see the two of you are settling in to your new office.” Grant took a seat at the table. “I’ve spoken with Serena and she needs to know the people you have seen here at the Archive with that particular aura. Ryan Jones is one, who else have you seen it around?” “A Scryer, sir.” “Lennie?” “She saw the aura around Stan Myers.” “Has she met Lynda Myers yet?” “Yesterday.” “She didn’t have the outline and neither did anyone else in the Scryers’ office,” Nickie said. “That’s a relief. I think the Head Archivist will have you check everyone associated with the building, Nickie. If someone has a black aura, I doubt that’s a good thing.” “Yes, sir.” I hope This will be after we explore t...
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Paperback Giveaways – ALTERNI

We’re within the final week to enter the paperback giveaways for my soon-to-be-released Urban Fantasy book, Alterni!  If you’ve missed out on entering these contests so far, I’ve compiled ALL of them below.  Just click the below posts, comment with … Continue reading → Original link
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Quote of the Week – December 6


Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ~ Buddha Original link
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Recipe of the Month – French Apple Pie


If you are looking for an apple pie recipe for this holiday season, give this one a try. I don’t know where I got this recipe but it is a good one with a couple of twists on the crust. Instead of a rolled traditional crust, this pie features a pat-in-the-pan cookie nut crust. However, the recipe for the crust as written always produces way more crust than needed.   Pat in the Nut Cookie Crust Ingredients 1/2 cup margarine, softened 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 1/4 cup flour 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 1/2 t. vanilla 1/4 t. salt 1/4 t. baking soda Directions Mix margarine and brown sugar. Stir in remaining ingredients until crumbly. Press against bottom and side of 9″ pie plate. French App...
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The Archivist — Chapter 13

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Chapter 13 With a grunt, Lennie set the last box of books on the cart. “That’s all of them.” Nickie checked the clipboard and the number on the box. “Yep. How did you manage to collect so much stuff?” The squeaking wheels accompanied them to the elevator. “I’m sort of a pack rat. I hate to get rid of anything.” A Scryer emerged from the elevator. “Lennie, congratulations on your promotion.” A black outline surrounded the man and Nickie moved behind Lennie. That’s the guy I saw in the cafeteria yesterday. “Thanks, Stan. How you doing?” “I’m doing fine. I rarely come down here, but I needed to look something up.” “This is Nickie Atlan, my Archivist Apprentice.” He held out his hand. “Lynda tol...
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Buying a New Car


When you go down to the store to buy a shirt, pillow or even a carton of milk, you can look at the price on the item or shelf and know how much it costs. You can then weigh whether the item is worth the price, or if you have the amount of money for your purchase. But there are a few items such as the purchase of a house or car where this ease of knowing your exact price ahead of time just don’t exist. These are major purchases, and for many they don’t happen too often. We have purchased two houses in our 22 years of marriage. In that same time period, we have purchased nine automobiles, including the latest over Thanksgiving weekend. We are a two-car family. So even this divides out to a car...
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This Week in Indie Publishing


Author Don Massenzio 3 REASONS TO PUBLISH A BOOK (& HOW TO GET STARTED) More people than ever are self-publishing books on a range of topics—and you can be one of them. In September 2016,  Bowker —the official ISBN Agency (which stands for International Standard Book Number, or the number assigned to every book that is published) for the U.S. and Australia—released statistics showing that 727,125 new ISBNs were issued in 2015. Read the rest of this story HERE . ESSAY: Self-Publishing, Here I Come! Mary Rose Shannon cuddled up with her pink stuffed poodle, her thick strawberry blonde hair spilling over her eyelet pillowcase. It had been a marvelous last day of school! Summer vacation stretche...
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Featured Author Spot open for December and January


NOW Looking for December and January!  Are you an author looking for some additional publicity for your latest book? I host guest authors every Friday – any genre, both traditionally and self-published. In the past 5 years, I have hosted 294 authors on my site! The Featured Author post can take one of three formats: author interview, book excerpt or a guest post on any aspect of writing, publishing, or book marketing. Sign up is on a first-come-first-served basis, though I do have a few Tuesday openings to accommodate special requests for dates related book tours, book releases or cover reveals. (Click the Featured Authors link on the left to check out past authors.) If you are interested, s...
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Writing Tips — 1

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When starting your story, do not obsess about the opening. Yes, I know hooking the reader is very important, but getting the story written first should be your top priority. Once the first draft is complete, then go back and rework the opening.  You may end up rewriting it twenty times, but the blood, sweat, and tears will be worth it to hook the reader and have them stick around for the whole book. Original link
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It’s a Rainy Day. What do you Do?


Author Don Massenzio I have lived in Florida for 22 years now. I grew up in Upstate New York in the 2nd cloudiest city in the United States, Syracuse. When I moved to Florida, I thought it would be a tropical paradise with non-stop sunshine. After all, it is known as the Sunshine State. One difference I quickly observed between New York and Florida was how people spend their time during rainy days. In New York, the Malls and Movie theaters were crowded in rainy weather as people sought to escape the wetness by spending them doing leisure activities. When the weather was sunny, these destinations were deserted as people spent their time enjoying the rare summertime weather. In Florida, it was...
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Tips for writing different scenes in your novel


This post is the eighteenth in a series about writing a novel. You can check out the list of past topics at the end of this post. As you write your novel, you will write many different scenes. They may be funny, serious, happy or terrifying. There is no way to tell you how to write each of these scenes because there are too many different factors to consider – writing style, genre, plot. But here are a few scenes that can happen in any story and some tips or things you may want to consider if you are including them in your novel. Low light/night scenes When writing a scene in the day time, it is easy to talk about the color of clothes or facial expression of a fellow character. Your main cha...
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Quote of the Week – November 29


Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. ~ Pope John XXIII Original link
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So Many Ideas, So Little Time


Author Don Massenzio Most authors began writing because of a variety of factors. For me, it is a desire to tell stories that have been rattling around in my head for years. The biggest problem is, I don’t have a shortage of stories, I just have a shortage of time to get them fleshed out and published. 2017 has been a bit of a low production year for published works from me. I haven’t published a book and I’m hoping to get one published before the end of the year. This low productivity isn’t because of writer’s block. It’s due to a lack of time. My upcoming book, Blood Match, has been edited with a cover design and trailer for over two months. It has been delayed mostly because of enrollment ...
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Stop the excuses!


Hey everyone! Really glad right now that there’s no video involved with this blog. LOL. Just got finished with some time on my bike, and I’m a hot, sweaty mess. LOL. While I was pedaling, I reminded myself that I don’t like to live my life by excuses. Not with my weight any more. In the last six months since my surgery, I’ve learned to embrace the need for exercise each day. Even adjusted my sleep schedule to fit a 15 minute bike ride in every morning before I get working. Why? Because I have to do the work if I want to get to a healthy weight. It didn’t come on overnight, and it’s not going away that way, either. The same ideal can be applied to promoting and writing books. I can list dozen...
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8 things you shouldn’t say to your kids


Parenting is hard sometimes. Kids try your patience with their interruptions or constant questions. Sometimes parents say the wrong things whether it is in frustration or just without fully thinking before we speak. A while back, I read this article from Parenting.com and while much of it was geared toward talking to your toddler, many of the points made are valid even for older kids. I know I am guilty of doing a few of these and often regret my actions later. So here are 8 things they recommend you not say your child revised a little more for the older kids. “Leave me alone” or “I’m busy” I am guilty of saying this to my daughter usually after she has interrupted me for the hundredth time ...
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This Week in Indie Publishing


Author Don Massenzio 6 Things About Self-Publishing You Will Be Tempted To Overlook, But Shouldn’t The self-publishing industry is perhaps one of the most successful industries today that has lifted itself up with it’s own might. It is clearly burgeoning because of the clear advantages it offers. Of course, that doesn’t mean self-publishing is everyone’s darling as this article proves. That said, self-publishing has managed to surprise us, by its rapid evolution into a self-sustained industry on its own. Here are a few interesting things about the self-publishing industry 1. It is already massive and still growing Read the rest of this story HERE . 2 big innovations that made Amazon’s Kindle...
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Short Story Saturday – No Pain, No Gain – Part 13


Author Don Massenzio We catch up with Joyce a bit this week as Dr. Haybrook and Gini continue to look for a way to reverse the technology. Things get a little more complicated, but there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you want to catch up on past installments, you can click on the links below: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8 Part 9 Part 10 Part 11 Part 12 Please enjoy No Pain, No Gain – Part 13 Gini logged in to her account on the University of New Mexico’s mainframe. Her logon was still active and the landing page read “Welcome Ragini Gagrani”. She quickly uploaded the script she had written along with the first 25% of the nanotechnology code that Haybro...
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