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Reading Outside My Genre by Jill Richardson

Reading Outside My Genre by Jill Richardson

By on Sep 6, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Joan Bauer retweets me. Yes, this does make me inordinately excited. When my kids were in school, I spent about eight years coaching our junior high Battle of the Books team. Think Jeopardy for YA literature. The kids read twenty books and answered competition questions like, “In what book would you find main characters who speak lapin?” (Answer: Watership Down, by...

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This Writer Thinks of Home by Teresa Marita McGuire

This Writer Thinks of Home by Teresa Marita McGuire

By on Sep 1, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

I walk alone in many aspects of my professional life, so when I align myself with a group, its members must possess at least what I bring to the table – a genuine commitment to service with a “business before pleasure” focus that achieves results and changes lives.  Affiliation with a writing community is no different. I want to connect with a group of members with...

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Sheltered to Write Story by Pearl Allard

Sheltered to Write Story by Pearl Allard

By on Aug 30, 2017 in Blog | 8 comments

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman After the initial thrill of joining the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild a year ago, I was certain I’d made a mistake – this was for authors who knew what they were doing, not a novice like me! Bewildered and insecure among the experienced talking shop, I...

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Why Historical Fiction? by Pegg Thomas

Why Historical Fiction? by Pegg Thomas

By on Aug 28, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

I can’t tell you how many people roll their eyes and scrunch up their nose when I say that I write historical fiction. If they’re women, I usually ask if they enjoyed the TV drama Downton Abbey.  After a resounding yes, I’ll mildly put forth that Downton Abbey is a work of historical fiction. Their resulting expression can range from gob-smacked to skeptical, but...

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YES, IS MY NEW NO by Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins

YES, IS MY NEW NO by Elizabeth Ivy Hawkins

By on Aug 25, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

I say no too much. No thanks, I got this.  No, I can’t.  I have a previous commitment. That no—being bold and giving a firm no—is empowering.  I’ve come to love it, having once been someone who had a hard time saying no. A good no is essential for setting boundaries.  Key to not being too busy or overwhelmed. The problem is this:  I have to remember that life needs...

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