Monthly Archives: September 2017

A Poet’s Inspiration

A Poet’s Inspiration by C. K. Thomas While rummaging through my Inspirations folder, I ran across this quote: “When my grandson Billy and I entered our vacation cabin, we kept the lights off until we were inside to keep from … Continue reading

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A Boy Called “Bird Legs”

A Boy Called “Bird Legs” by Mike McNair, as submitted by Mary Ellen (Blevins) Stepanich Mike McNair is the boyhood friend and neighbor of my brother, Dr. William Blevins. Mike, a retired teacher, now lives in Wisconsin and writes for … Continue reading

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Longhand or Computer?

Longhand or Computer? by Barbara Renner Several authors I know prefer to pen their novels the old-fashioned way, with paper and pencil, rather than use a computer. In addition, some famous authors write in longhand instead of using a typewriter … Continue reading

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Stop Pushing Your Modifiers Around!

Stop Pushing Your Modifiers Around! by Kathleen Watson Modifiers are supposed to add meaning or clarification. A misplaced modifier can do just the opposite. Consider these differing connotations of often: College students who meet often with their advisers make better … Continue reading

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On Writers’ Critique Groups

On Writers’ Critique Groups by Vaughn Treude When novice writers ask their brethren for advice, we frequently recommend joining a writer’s group. Believe me, it can be very helpful. There are two kinds of fiction writers who resist this advice, … Continue reading

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Dear Anne

Dear Anne by Beth Kozan Note from the author: I wrote to an adoptee whose online column had raised issues about her early life. Dear Anne, I’m awake at 3 a.m., unable to sleep. I keep remembering your thoughts as … Continue reading

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The Effective Author: 7 Ways to Coax Yourself to Sit Down and Write

The Effective Author: 7 Ways to Coax Yourself to Sit Down and Write © 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved. You know you can write, but sometimes, you can use coaxing. Here are seven ways to coax … Continue reading

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe by Rita Goldner Today I am chillin’ among the cool mountain pines at Lake Tahoe. This is a short retreat I take with my husband Dave every year. For him, it’s various water sports; for me, plein air … Continue reading

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