Month: June 2014

Don’t Lose Your Stuff! Grandpa’s Letter About Backing Up — Jack Popjes


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Dear Mica, Kiki, and Ellie, I’m delighted with the latest stories you sent me! They are getting better all the time. I especially like the drawings that you made to illustrate them. I’m not at all surprised at how good your stories are, after all, you aren’t just any grandkids, you’re my grandkids.  I’m Read More

Sound Bytes: Part 4 of Writing with Sensory Details – Sandi Somers


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Beethoven discovered he was losing his hearing as early as age 25. For a musician, nothing could be more disastrous.  In his depression he wrote, “Alas! How could I possibly refer to the impairing of a sense which in me should have been more perfectly developed than in other people, a sense which a Read More

Fiction Writing 101: Part 8 — Janice Dick


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In my Fiction Writing 101 series, I often refer to James Scott Bell and his writing books and tools, especially Plot & Structure. My copy is well-marked and highlighted. That’s where I first heard the differentiation between an OP and a NOP. OPs are Outline People, NOPs are Non-Outline People. The abbreviations are ea Read More

Good Intentions — Brenda Wood


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Does anyone else have a closet full of impulsive good intentions? I used to rush out to buy the materials for a new craft I wanted to learn, or fabric for another quilt. I signed up for a class or bought a novel I’d always wanted to read, but because I didn’t make tim Read More