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Going to the birds

Sometime during Feb. 16-19, I’m going to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is a simple activity and doesn’t take much time. You count birds, and you enter your counts online. The results are used to guesstimate the well being of various types of birds and how general patterns of bird populations vary from year to year. It’s…

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Six weird things.

My friend Deeanne Gist tagged me today to play “Six Weird Things About Me.” Oh, boy. Like I needed to be reminded. Ha! Here goes. 1. I don’t do numbers. My brain simply refuses to process them. Ask me what year my car is, and I can’t tell you. Ask me how old I am, and I have to stop…

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Chekhov and Snoopy and friends

I’m reading three books about writing, thanks to friends and family who really know what I like for Christmas. First, I read Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose. Now I’ll have to read it again. It’s full of rule-breaking advice based on the idea that close reading of the masters will do more good than sitting through writing workshops…

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Putting the book-monster together

Here I go again, tackling a monster puzzle. I’ll be tearing my hair out by the end of the week. I’m not talking about a jigsaw puzzle, although we just finished one, inspired by my friend Dee who blogged here about doing a puzzle every Christmas. (Ours is a barn scene in Maine. Nothing spectacular.) My husband and I put…

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Let the symbols live

I’ve finally figured out where the title of one of my novels came from. I think. A couple of years ago, I churned out a fairly strong first chapter and a mess of a synopsis in six days just so I could enter a contest. I almost didn’t enter this particular contest, sponsored by a particular writing group that wasn’t…

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Playing by the rules or not?

I should be writing Christmas cards. Instead, I’m immersed in one more read-through of the suspense novel I should have sent my agent weeks ago. My friend Suzan just read it and gave me some suggestions that shouldn’t take long to implement. I’m still debating just how real and gritty to make this story. As an unpublished writer, I’ll have…

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Relief Journal is here

I was headed out for a trip to the library when I stopped at the mailbox and found my copy of the first issue of “Relief, A Quarterly Christian Expression.” In other words, a Christian literary journal. I know one of the contributors in this issue, Mike Snyder, who’s brilliant and funny. The treasure in my mailbox was almost enough…

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I’ve been missing….

I woke this morning to strong winds and a beautiful sunrise, half over. I usually get up when it’s dark out, but I tend to miss the sunrise because I’ve got my nose to the laptop by then. So I went outside to see what I’d been missing. A hawk was circling above the trees to the right of my…

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Good reads for chilly nights

Nights are getting a bit chilly here in Georgia. A good excuse to curl up with a book and a cup of coffee. (Like I need a good excuse, right?) What I’m reading right now: The Moviegoer by Walker Percy. I stayed up late reading it last night and woke up this morning with his lovely, literary voice in my…

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Zola and the Art of Motorcycle Noise

“If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.” –Emile Zola I liked that quote long before Steven Curtis Chapman sang about it. Although I’m a quiet person, part of me loves to make noise. Maybe that’s why I enjoy my husband’s motorcycles. He loves Hondas. One…

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