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The Elusive Comma — Carolyn R. Wilker

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Imagine trying to read a long text without commas or other punctuation. Would it be hard to figure out where one sentence begins and another ends? What about the words in the middle of those sentences? Old English was written that way. With time, punctuation was developed, and some scribes used it more consistently than others. The writer of that article says punctuation “guides the reader through the syntax of the sentence.” (more…)


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A Writer Prays About His Work — Jack Popjes

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Good morning, God, You gave me this writing *gift. You built it into my DNA and you want me to stir it up, and you are helping me to develop it. You bring people into my life to encourage me and to mentor me. What’s more, you are the one who puts the ideas into my head, you remind me of the stories that remind me of concepts that I can develop into a piece of writing. So it is not right for me to talk about my writing. It should be our writing. Or at the very least my/our writing. Help me today to keep your co-authorship in mind. Thanks, Jack *2 Timothy 1:6 (more…)


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Fearless Marketing — Nikki Rosen

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Mention the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens and people will scratch their heads and ask, “Who is that?” But say the name Mark Twain and they'll break out in a smile and nod. He smoked at the age of nine, detested school and led a group of boys in wild pranks. Hmmm. Sounds a lot like Tom Sawyer. (more…)


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Waste Not, Want Not — Brenda Wood

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Because I am a stasher beyond compare, I plan to make Nancy Zieman’s no-sew fabric wreath. You see, it will use up all those leftover bits and pieces from my fabric stash. I can’t bear to throw them away because they are so pretty. Realistically though, they are too small for an apron and not numerous enough for a quilt design. The same thing is true of our scribbles. As my Granny used to say, “Waste not, want not.” Today as we tackle waste in our lives, we might be surprised to see how many ways we waste our time, talents and tenacity. (more…)


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Writing, even when it’s hard to do — Carolyn R. Wilker

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In January, blogger and author Jeff Goins issued a challenge to fellow writers to write 500 words a day for the month of January. He not only issued the challenge, but he also offered a list of things to write about. While I used the word count for my own projects, journalling and letter writing, I thought it might be useful to share the three questions from his list for Day 10. This post will be more reflective than instructive, and so I urge you to write these questions out and give your own answers. (more…)


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