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Whimpering

Sulking in a corner was out of the question. If I'm to be honest, I've thought about it. Could I get away with sobbing? How about weeping? I don't really have time to be pathetic and, well, ugly.   I completed the manuscript for the first book in the series almost three weeks ago. It's… Continue reading Whimpering

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Writing and Painting Parallel Processes

I've been told that my painting process parallels my writing (fiction) process. So, take a look at the stages of my most recent painting. So, won't you please describe what my writing process looks like?

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Personalized Watercolor Card Giveaway

I'm giving away ELEVEN personalized watercolor cards. What are they? They are copies of a 12x16 watercolor I painted this year. Why? Because I just finished the 11th revision of my manuscript a couple of days ago, and I'm about to start writing the proposal for my agent/publisher search. And, I want to celebrate with… Continue reading Personalized Watercolor Card Giveaway

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Filling the Creative Tank

Until a veteran, published author encouraged me relatively recently to do art to improve my writing, I thought doing that stuff was engaging in frivolous activities with spare time I didn't, don't have, and couldn't afford. She insisted that doing art would help. It would refill the creative tank. I'd have more to bring to… Continue reading Filling the Creative Tank

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I Found a New Dream

Yesterday night, I watched the 8th episode of Season 1's "Perception." For those of you who haven't heard of the show, it's about a professor of neuroscience, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as an undergraduate and who gets recruited by the FBI to help solve difficult and complex cases. In this particular episode, what… Continue reading I Found a New Dream

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Serious Silly

Not seriously silly. Serious silly. *** Today's post is brought to you by my writing muse. Mine's a girl in pigtails, wearing some sort of dress. What it looks like depends on the day. I thought she's eight. But, much has indicated she's closer to six. She has the playful heart of a six year… Continue reading Serious Silly

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Community, Intimacy, Family

Finding community that encourages communicating, building intimacy, and being loving can be quite a challenge, when people are more mobile than ever, super busy, and don't focus so much on the face-to-face interactions. But, we still crave it. Long for it. One day, a store manager and friend at a coffee shop I frequent had… Continue reading Community, Intimacy, Family