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How to Write Your Own Oscar Acceptance Speech

The Oscars™ fascinate me. I’ve been watching the telecasts (sometimes, hate-watching it) for many, many years. What can I say? I love seeing millionaires congratulate one another. If you’re a cinephile like me, you’re probably frustrated like me, since The Academy™ seems to get it wrong most of the time. Sometimes it...

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The Secret Writer, Revealed

For a long time I’ve been hiding my writing career from most friends and acquaintances. Well, not exactly “hiding” it. Just… not publicizing it. I’m not sure why. Perhaps I felt I didn’t belong. Maybe I wasn’t so sure whether I wanted to be a professional writer. When my daughter...

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Sunshine and Other Simple Pleasures

A day of sunshine is a gift. Maybe it’s because I live in the Pacific Northwest, but any sunny day will lift my spirits and, well, brighten my day. Sunshine just makes me happy. Big accomplishments, important anniversaries, and milestones by friends and family also improve our mood, but...

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ROW80 Goals + Achievement Unlocked

ROW80, or A Round of Words in 80 Days, is “the writing challenge that knows you have a life.” It allows you to set specific, measurable, and adaptable goals for yourself. What it’s not mentioned enough: you meet amazing people who share your interests, you cheer them on, and...

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The Eleven Questions Game

Karen Rought is The Midnight Novelist. She is also a copyeditor for Hypable, a blogging machine, and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She tagged me with the fun Eleven Questions Game. First, the rules: You must post the rules. Answer the questions on your blog....

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ROW80 Round 1 Final Update Extravaganza

Time for the last ROW80 Round 1 update! You can find my set of goals here. Round 1 of 2012 ROW80 ends today, March 22nd. And the second round begins on April 2nd.  * * * First, the results. Writing goals: Write 2,500 words/week. I ended up with 24,914 WIP words, a 1,430-word short story,...

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ROW80 Update 11 + What’s Cooking

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. Round 1 of 2012 ROW80 ends on March 22nd. This is the second to last update.  *...

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ROW80 Update 10 + Other Updates

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. I missed last week’s update due to a short trip. This post is an update of the...

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ROW80 Update 9 + Unforgettable Posts Mashup

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. This week’s surprise is a different kind of mashup. Please see below.  * * * Writing goals: Write...

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ROW80 Update 8 + Kreativ Blogger Awards

Time for a ROW80 update! You can find my new set of goals here. I like the new post format since the reboot: updates only on Sundays and always with a little something else. Writing goals: Write 2,500 words/week. 2,137 words. Not bad. I’ll cheat and mark it green. Outline of BLUE...

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Be the MVP

If you don’t follow sports, you might not know this story. Derrick Rose is the Chicago Bulls point guard. He was the #1 pick of the draft in 2008, and he won Rookie of the Year that season. Until September 2010, he was really good. However, few people counted...

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WANA1011 Blogfest Awards

Welcome to the WANA1011 Blogfest Awards! Last year, the amazing Lynn Kelley, in one of her moments of insanity, awarded me the Versatile Blog Award. Thank you so much, Lynn! It means a lot to me. For the past few weeks, fellow WANA1011 classmates Karen McFarland, Louise Behiel, Jansen Schmidt (aka...

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