Fiction Friday: What’s the One Thing?

Posted Jul 31 2009 in

To while away the time until we can start playing “finish this prompt” again, I thought I’d try to gather some intell to help me improve my writing. Today’s question: What one thing will stop you in your tracks when you’re reading?

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Web Wednesday: Bach Duo

Posted Jul 29 2009 in

I’ve been doing this for the past few weeks, but I’ve decided to officially devote Wednesday’s post to cool things people email me and/or I stumble across on the internet. Kind of a salute to the way the web has changed the world.

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How Old Is That in Dog Years?

Posted Jul 27 2009

Today is Old Dog’s 55th birthday. As you may remember, I passed this milestone back in February, making him 5 and 1/2 months younger than me, a fact of which he frequently reminds me. I’m okay with that, since he looks several years older (due, he says, to raising 5 teenagers), a fact of which […]

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Friday Fiction: Writing by the Numbers, This Week’s Winners and Next Week’s Prompt

Posted Jul 24 2009 in

I’ve been writing seriously (as in, every day or close to it) since 2000. In that time, I’ve churned out two novels, five short stories and half a dozen essays. I’ve taken three college classes and attended five writers’ conferences. I have 20 rejection slips in a folder in my file drawer. Here are some […]

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Recommendations for BlogHer Attendees

Posted Jul 21 2009 in

To the ladies (and, I presume, some gentlemen) heading off to BlogHer this weekend, I offer some suggestions for fun and instructive weekend: 1) Go see Anna, Wendi, Jessica, Kelsey, Deb and Jenny at Room of Your Own: Dying is Easy, ROTFLMAO Comedy is Hard: It’s two, two, two comedy panels in one! 2) Be […]

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We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby – Part 2

Posted Jul 20 2009

A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of my 5-year-old granddaughter who’s enthralled by the Disney Princesses, and totally buys into the whole Pretty-Woman-All-I-Need-Is-A-Prince-To-Rescue-Me crapola. June Freaking Cleaver and Maggie May recommended a children’s book with a very nice twist on this story, The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, wherein the princess […]

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Fiction Friday: The Two-Humped Camel, Part 2, and Prompt X

Posted Jul 17 2009 in

Plotting The joke that I posted on Monday, the Two-Humped Camel, was one I actually heard nearly forty years ago, from Ben Campbell, my freshman English teacher back in high school. (I often hear people say, “I don’t remember jokes.” I totally don’t get that. I think I remember every joke I ever heard. All […]

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Speculative Fiction: A Challenge

Posted Jul 15 2009 in

The Democratic Party of Eulie County, Florida received a gift last week: It’s an actual ballot from the 2000 election, complete with hanging chads. Seeing the picture, and hearing my sister, Carla, who’s a precinct worker there, talk about it made me remember the whole debacle. Actually, I’ve been thinking about it a lot since […]

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The Two-Humped Camel

Posted Jul 13 2009 in

A couple of briars* ride a Bactrian to the drive-in movie. After some initial confusion, where the other theater-goers have to convince them to relocate to the back row, they watch the first feature. At intermission, they tie the camel to the speaker post and head for the concession stand, only to return to an […]

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Fiction Friday: Blogging, The Musical and Prompt IX

Posted Jul 10 2009 in

Cast of Characters Jessica Wanton — A former stripper in search of herselfRev. Judgment — An evangelical minister in search of a sinnerChef Chuck — A 36-year-old single Dad with a cooking blogSous Chef Chucky — His teenaged son If Mama Ain’t Happy — A 29-year-old mother of toddlers with a mommy blogBed, Breakfast & […]

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