Top 10 Exotic Locations in Literature

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This week I'll be wrapping up my A Story A Day in May stories for my mailing list, and I've been thinking about exotic locations. Probably because I need a vacation! So here are my Top 10 Exotic Locations in Literature where I'd like to escape this Memorial Day Weekend... Hawaii – As illustrated in Paul Theroux's novel, Hotel Honolulu, I'd even be happy to work in a hotel on the Big Continue Reading...

Blazing Laptops: 365K Club, week 20

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… May 14, Day 135: 333 words May 15, Day 136: 1,505 words May 16, Day 137: 397 words May 17, Day 138: 259 words May 18, Day 139: 315 words May 19, Day 140: 429 words May 20, Day 141: 689 words That’s a grand total of 3,927 words for the week, 13,283 for the month, Continue Reading...

Sponsor San Diego writers: Blazing Laptops

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Every year, San Diego Writers Ink holds its annual fundraiser, Blazing Laptops. "What's Blazing Laptops?" you ask. An excellent question, dear reader! Putting the "fun" back in "fundraiser" Blazing Laptops is both a fundraiser that helps San Diego Writers Ink continue to put together its awesome programming for writers in all genres, as well as a one-day write-a-thon where individual Continue Reading...

Black cats & superstitions: 365K Club, week 19

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… May 7, Day 128: 478 words May 8, Day 129: 507 words May 9, Day 130: 556 words May 10, Day 131: 1,336 words May 11, Day 132: 380 words May 12, Day 133: 328 words May 13, Day 134: 662 words That’s a grand total of 4,247 words for the week, 9,356 for the month, and 78,278 Continue Reading...

Friday the 13th and other (writing) superstitions

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It's Friday the 13th! You know what's funny? I don't consider myself a particularly superstitious person, but Friday the 13th still holds a mysterious symbolism for me. I don't necessarily equate it with anything evil or dangerous, personally, and the number 13 doesn't strike me as particularly lucky or unlucky. (Indeed, I find it funny that people stopped labeling the 13th floors of buildings Continue Reading...

Top 10 Literary Vacations #ShelfLove

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ACK! I have been doing horribly at the #ShelfLove Challenge to read books from my own shelves... but then again, I've also been failing miserably at reading books in general. Life has gotten really busy, and book writing has taken precedence over book reading, at the moment. Still, I like their theme for May, which is "Summer Vacation," so here (in no particular order) are my Top 10 Literary Continue Reading...

The Liebster Award: 365K Club week 18

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… April 30, Day 121: 676 words May 1, Day 122: 725 words May 2, Day 123: 1,789 words May 3, Day 124: 562 words May 4, Day 125: 220 words May 5, Day 126: 439 words May 6, Day 127: 1,374 words That’s a grand total of 5,786 words for the week, 5,109 for the month, and 74,031 Continue Reading...

A Story A Day: Week 1

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I've been writing A Story A Day, as promised, and my mailing list subscribers have been reading them. Some have even offered me awesome feedback! In case you've been curious, here's what has happened so far: [author_list style="star"] Day 1 (5/1): A mysterious postcard arrives Day 2 (5/2): Bora Bora is beautiful this time of year Day 3 (5/3): Foreign languages are tricky... even Continue Reading...

Top 10 things I learned during this year’s #AtoZChallenge

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Writing about Chicago from A to Z has been an interesting experience. While I certainly didn't get to cover everything I brainstormed before the A to Z Challenge began, I definitely enjoyed learning more about my hometown as I was researching each post. In case you missed any of my posts, you can read all of them in order here. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 Things I Learned Continue Reading...

A Story A Day in May: Join me on a new adventure!

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This May, I’m participating in A Story A Day – a writing challenge set up by Julie Duffy, meant to encourage participants to finish what they start. Since writing a new full-length piece of short fiction every day is quite a tall order, I’ve decide to write works of flash fiction (50 to 500 words) on a daily basis. I’m also aiming to write these as linked pieces, which can stand Continue Reading...