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All Kinds of Activities—and Ideas—Come from a Hunting Trip

What do I have in common with a Mormon mother of nine and an ex-Navy good ol’ girl from Georgia? We were the only three women—well, four, if you count the cook—hanging out with thirty-some men at a deer hunters’ … Continue reading

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While the Book Is with the Critiquer …

My recently revised version of Ms. Dee Ann Meets Murder—all 84,382 words—has been mailed to a critiquer.  She’s one of the three I used a few months ago when I sent the first six chapters. She was my harshest critic, … Continue reading

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Let Me Say This Again: I Am Not Dee Ann

Looking for feedback, I recently asked my sisters to read the close-to-final draft of Ms. Dee Ann Meets Murder.  The first comment I heard:  “This sounds like the story of your life when you got married and moved to Ahoskie.” … Continue reading

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The Rockford Files, Columbo, and Dallas: Flashbacks to the 1970s

Recently, my thirty-something daughter stayed somewhere overnight with—gasp–no cable TV. She was reduced to watching a few stations picked up by an antenna, a device we baby boomers remember all too well.  This story has a happy ending: she found … Continue reading

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Will Descriptive Shorthand Do?

If there’s one criticism I hear from both my professional critiquers as well as my local writers’ group, it’s that I need to be more descriptive in Ms. Dee Ann Meets Murder. What does Baby Heather look like? How about … Continue reading

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“This Is A Very Promising Work”

  Long time, no post. I know…I’ve been in Europe, Spain and Portugal to be exact.  A two-week trip that really takes about a month out of my writing time, since I’m not in my “write” mind the week before … Continue reading

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Is Dee Ann a Shrew?

One of the most disturbing criticisms I received from my critiquers (see last blog) was that my main character, Dee Ann, was not likeable. What??? “Dee Ann almost verges on being a scold or a harpy,” wrote one. “She glares, … Continue reading

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