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“Now re-edited” – the kiss of death or at least stinky breath.

About once a week during one of my day jobs I come across something interesting. I will see an ebook and in the beginning of the description it will say something like this: Now re-edited! Usually accompanied by a date when the supposed re-edit took place. And my first thought is what a shame and […]

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Prepping for NaNoWriMo – Are you going to join this year? Please say yes!

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is just around the corner. Are you ready? I know, I know, there is still almost three weeks before the first day but this is about when I like to start thinking about what I am going to write and what my writing goals are this year. I have made […]

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Breaking the rules

There are so many rules to having a presence online.  I know them well. After all, I tell them to my clients, because the rules are there for a reason. When it comes to blogs, I tell people that they are like babies, they need a lot of care and feeding before they grow. Another […]

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When all you got to keep is strong, Move along, move along like I know you do -The All American Rejects Move Along

My family and I celebrated the New Year differently this year. Most of the time we reminisce about the past year, what we would like to change, and look forward to in the next coming year. We even have a tradition where we have a fire and we throw small branches of pine in and […]

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"He often used to say there was only one Road; that it was like a great river: its springs were at every doorstep and every path was its tributary. 'It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,' he used to say. 'You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no telling where you might be swept off to.'"
Frodo Baggins
J.R.R. Tolkien, Three Is Company, The Fellowship of the Ring

Be like the energizer bunny! Keep on going and going and going…

Writing is hard. Typing words is easy, but writing is hard. I know there are a lot of people who think that “if you publish it, they will read it” but they are so massively wrong. No one is owed a reader and even if your quality and story is good, it doesn’t guarantee that […]

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The one cool trick to tell if you are stressed.

Long day so this is going to be a quickie. It is really important to your overall health to decrease stress. Before I became a software engineer extraordinaire I worked in mental health where I met Mr. Paula who was an intern and is now a Doctor of Psychology. So this is legit. Take your […]

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True writer confession – I am a horrible speller

Writers are suppose to be good at writing stuff, right? Except there are so many elements that go into writing, some depending on what you are writing.  I don’t know how you could master all of them. Every time I think I understand one part of plot writing I find an article that takes me […]

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Sometimes a change is as good as a rest, or how to pop the clutch of your mind

There are times when your brain just doesn’t want to co-operate. Sometimes it is due to procrastination, sometimes you truly need a break, and sometimes you want to work and nothing shows up. That is when you need to pop the clutch in your mind. I drive a manual stick transmission and have for a […]

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Don’t settle for “B List”

My family and I are binge-watching 30 Rock right now before it leaves Netflix on October 1.  It was always a show I wanted to watch, I love Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey and I know the show is great. But it was one of those shows we just never got around to. Like most […]

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This cat is saying "I am about to bite your face off"

Your dog/cat feels bad for you because you don’t know how to talk.

First off continued good wishes for Mexico and Puerto Rico and everyone that was already trying to recover from nature’s wrath. If you own or have watched two dogs interacting with each other, then you know they don’t just go up and say “Hey Butch, how’s it hanging”.  There is a meeting-new-dog protocol, meeting-a-dog-who-is-a-friend protocol, […]

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Here is a picture of a baby bunny in a box to make you feel better.

Just be safe, ok?

I had in mind to write a very different post for tomorrow but then I made the choice to watch the news. Normally I am very pragmatic about life and a very positive person. But after finding out what is going on around the world, I have to admit that I am a little worried […]

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Don’t miss out on the new

There is something comfortable about what is known. We know what to expect and don’t have to work harder than necessary. While I am a great fan of exploring the unknown and will always take the road less traveled, you can still get stuck in a rut, or even get overwhelmed by all the options […]

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The life of a wannabe writer

A few of you may have noticed that there were no editor’s posts on Thursday and Friday of last week. The fact is, like many of you, I wear many hats. My paying job is working as a consulting software engineer and I do alright. Some freelance engineers will take on crazy work, just about […]

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I actually drive a v8 Mustang, and hell yea it is a stick...

Lazy writing and Logan Lucky

There were enough of us home that we decided to go see a movie, and the one thing we all agreed on was Logan Lucky. I am going to try really hard to not spoil the movie for anyone who wants to see it but hasn’t yet, but this is your SPOIL ALERT warning. Read […]

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12 Clocks

Dogs can’t tell time and neither can readers

If you own dogs, you know that old joke about dogs acting like you have been gone for 10 years when you just stepped outside to get the mail. We have two dogs, Paxil, a border collie/ Australian shepherd mix, and Lunesta (Lulu) who is a Papillion. Every morning the routine is usually the same. […]

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