First Lines Friday: Matilda #fridayreads

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One of my favorite opening lines from a children's book – particularly as an adult – is this week's gem: "It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful." In case you couldn't guess, this one is from British author Roald Dahl, whom you probably know as the Continue Reading...

August round-up: 365K Club, week 34

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Since I actually missed my regular update day last week, I've decided to include my numbers for week 34 along with my August round-up for an extra-large installment of the 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 20, Day 233: 900 words August 21, Day 234: 353 words August 22, Day 235: 790 words August 23, Day 236: 925 words August 24, Day 237: 775 words August Continue Reading...

Top 3 Reasons to Participate in the 3 Day Novel Contest

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Are you ready for the 3 Day Novel Contest? Wait, you meant you haven't heard of this annual write-a-thon, happening every Labo(u)r Day weekend since 1977?! Where have you been hiding, honey? It's only the world's most notorious writing contest! I've only written an entire book about it... [caption id="attachment_10802" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Pssst! Click to buy for just 99¢ Continue Reading...

Top 10 Takeaways: Antoinette Kuritz, Founder of the La Jolla Writer’s Conference

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Last night I attended the monthly meeting of the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. The guest speaker was Antoinette Kuritz, founder of the La Jolla Writer's Conference. She spoke about a wide variety of subjects related to writing, publishing and marketing, packing in a ton of information in just an hour. Here are my Top 10 Takeaways: Use both CreateSpace and Ingram Spark when publishing Continue Reading...

Letter Writer Extraordinaire: 365K Club, week 33

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It’s that time of the week again: time for another 365K Club word count check-in! Numbers, please… August 13, Day 226: 276 words August 14, Day 227: 860 words August 15, Day 228: 860 words August 16, Day 229: 805 words August 17, Day 230: 790 words August 18, Day 231: 820 words August 19, Day 232: 900 words That’s a grand total of 5,311 words for the week, 17,081 for Continue Reading...