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Monday Morning Blues

Posted by mcm0704 on March 13, 2017 |

Unless you are one of the few people who love the time changes that we get to experience twice a year, please take a moment to join me in a huge groan.  I particularly dislike the spring-forward time change, as if we are to jump with joy because it feels like 6 a.m. when we […]

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Six Self-Editing Tips

Posted by mcm0704 on May 16, 2016 |

Many thanks to the awesome Kristen Lamb who shares writing tips on her blog and lets folks re-post her entries. This is one of her recent posts and I thought it was a good one to share. We all can benefit from some thoughtful self-editing before turning our babies over to an editor, so get […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on June 27, 2014 |

There was an interesting pro and con debate on the death penalty in The Dallas Morning News last Sunday. Leon Neyfakh, a staff writer for the Boston Globe wrote, “People who share a deep worry about government overreach, who believe in the sanctity of life and who place great importance on fiscal responsibility should not […]

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Fridays Odds and Ends – Christmas Lights and More

Posted by mcm0704 on December 20, 2013 |

In browsing around the Internet this morning, I came across a post by Rosemary Harris on the Femmes Fatales blog that was all about her excitement as a child to be driven around to see the holiday lights after the family bought a Christmas tree. That’s something we did with our kids when they were […]

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Change is Hard – In Life and in Writing

Posted by mcm0704 on August 24, 2011 |

This morning after my shower I dried off with a towel that is the last of a stack of about 30 towels my uncle gave my husband and I for a wedding present. To put this in context, we just celebrated our46th wedding anniversary. These towels were a mis-matched assortment, some with flowers, some with […]

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A bit of humor

Posted by mcm0704 on July 18, 2011 |

NOTE*  The second week of drama camp starts today, so I will be busy again all week. I’ll be sharing some bits of humor in my regular posts, and I thought I would start with a piece I wrote a few years ago for The Blood Red Pencil blog.  I got my start writing a […]

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Well, I missed…..

Posted by mcm0704 on October 12, 2010 |

…putting up a new post yesterday. Obvious to the most casual observer, right? I had every intention of putting something new up, but as the old cliche goes, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray. We had a power outage that started about eight in the morning and lasted until almost […]

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Reaching a Milestone

Posted by mcm0704 on May 12, 2010 |

I am a contributing member of The Blood Red Pencil blog, and I noticed today that we reached 800 followers. Good for us!! The blog is written by a group of editors and writers who share editing and publishing tips. But it isn’t always all about business. Sometimes we like to have a little fun, […]

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Editing is a Good Thing…

Posted by mcm0704 on November 12, 2009 |

…even when it means changing your darling words that you worked so hard on. Just the other day I received my edited manuscript for my book that will come out next year, and I have been going through the suggestions made by my editor. It is amazing how much it helps to have another person […]

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To Swear or Not To Swear

Posted by mcm0704 on September 27, 2008 |

It’s not easy to decide how much colorful language to include in a book without it seeming gratutitious, and I always deferred to the characters and the story to decide. Some characters are more prone to swearing than others. But over at http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/ there is a discussion today about using swear words and it started […]

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