Category Archives: Writing

Retreat to Move Forward, and How to Make the Best Darned Cottage Pie in the World

A Rave Last weekend, I went on a writing retreat. For those of you who are unsure what that means, I’ll tell you. Dictionary.com (http://tinyurl.com/5ml53e) defines “retreat” this way: re·treat [ri-treet] noun 1.the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army … Continue reading

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Wild Child or Mild Child?

A Rave About Heroines and Life In my family, the role of wild child was ably filled by my sister.  From a young age, she not only got into fistfights with neighborhood boys, she was also the first to be … Continue reading

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Leave Out the Mosquitos: There Are Some Things Your Readers Don’t Want to Know

  In our house, we have a picture similar to this one. In ours, however, there’s a dock on the lake with two empty Adirondack chairs and a table with two glasses of wine. I bought it several years ago … Continue reading

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It All Depends on Your Point of View: A Writing Rant

I’m in the middle of a book by a New York Times bestselling author, one whose books I have always enjoyed. This one is also good. In fact, I’d recommend it, but since I’m about to complain about the book, … Continue reading

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Had to Share This One by Libba Bray: On Writing Despair (Juicebox Mix)

On Writing Despair (Juicebox Mix).

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Verbal Warning

Verbal Warning: A Rave About Writing Ideas for this blog come to me at the strangest times. For example, in the middle of the night last night, I had to get up to address a call of nature. Scratch that. Last … Continue reading

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Pipers and Derby Girls and Belly Dancers, Oh My!

Look around. Potential book characters are everywhere. I thought of this while at the Big Tap In, a beer festival my husband (aka The Engineer) and I attended last month. The attendees were a diverse bunch. There were suburban dads … Continue reading

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Cancer Lesson Update and Shameless Library Promotion

Rave: Cancer Lessons Update and Shameless Library Promotion First, the Cancer Lessons update: In the next few weeks, my Cancer Lesson posts will be disappearing from this blog and reappearing in a more cohesive format on a new one, Keeping A-Breast: … Continue reading

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Words Are All I Have

Rave: Words Are All I Have From “Yahoo Answers”: Resolved Question: What do you call a person who collects words? Best Answer: A verbal archivist. Or a fruitcake. Other suggested answers: Lexicographer Word magnet “… a ‘Tracfone Service Person.’ They … Continue reading

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Periods of Dormancy

Rave: Periods of Dormancy I found another rose-bush in our yard today, the second such discovery I’ve made in the last two years. Before you jump to any conclusions about me and my husband’s fitness as land owners, I should … Continue reading

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