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April

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Between the lines: Mood

Just as every dark and stormy night, party, holiday, or bustling office on payday are infused with mood, so are scenes in fiction. Mood infects and reinforces the reader’s emotions, aids in understanding key moments, and enhances his or her enjoyment of the story events. Mood is the feel or atmosphere or ambience of a […]

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Writing is…

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MARCH

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Fiction Needs Closeups Too

Cold  weather all week here and my container plants are covered.  My bulbs are  emerging and they’re covered too, but so far freezing temperatures  didn’t take out any weeds. A gardener can dream. And I cannot look away from the heartbreaking horrors in Ukraine. Utter madness. I realize how hard it is for writers and […]

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Before children speak, they sing

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Deliberate Practice

I’ve been watching the Olympics this week and last night was thrilled when 22 year-old Nathan Chen won the gold medal in men’s figure skating. Mixed in with the events were various interviews and backstories on the athletes, including  their previous wins and losses, personal tragedies, and injuries. Before Malcom Gladwell wrote in Outliers: The […]

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Great writing makes great demands of the writer

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February

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Been reading a lot lately?

Do you read more in the winter? I believe reading is better with a blanket to snuggle under. I also believe the Gregorian Calendar established in 1582 by the Catholic Church ignores the real seasons of the year. Surely the year starts in spring when nature is awakening. The library I haunted as kid was […]

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