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Journey into the Lives of Women, One Story at a Time

Archive for January 2012

Work in Progress

This isn’t a blog about the newest book-in-progress, although there will be plenty of those coming up.  No, this is a blog about the lack of a blog today.  Or if this isn’t a blog, at least it’s an announcement. Tune in tomorrow instead, when I will have (mostly) recovered from my travels through Florida looking…

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Sunday Poetry: By the Highway Home

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. Today’s poem is Reluctance by Robert Frost.  Are you reluctant to let go of something in your life?  Are you hanging on when you shouldn’t because you need to move on?  Are you afraid to…

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Lists: People I Really Want to Read About

Remember “lists?”  I introduced my first list on the 13th, and you responded with wonderful additions.  You can read the comments if you click on the link. Here’s my next and last list for January.  Anyone who adds an item by commenting on either post by January 31, is entered in a drawing for an…

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Everybody Loves a Hero

Novelists watch life unfold and shake our heads.  There’s a test to tell just how absurd it all is.  We ask ourselves, what our would editors say if we went to them with a particularly odd story. For example:  “Have I got an idea for you.  Let me do a modern day Titanic novel, okay?  Only this…

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Sunday Poetry: I Have No Name

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. Our family just welcomed a baby boy, my first grandson, and today’s poem, Infant Joy by William Blake, is for Liam Michael, born January 12th, and precious, as all babies everywhere are.  Infant Joy…

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The Write Way: Setting Up A Series

This week, in addition to meeting my new grandson, I also met my new cover.  One of these I adored on sight.  (I’ll let you guess which.)  Sometimes that happens.  The new cover is for the first book in a series, One Mountain Away, which debuts in August.  The series is titled Goddesses Anonymous.  This…

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Gone Visiting. . .

Today I’m visiting my brand new grandson, and so glad to be!  Although going north in January?  I just pulled my boots out of storage. For fun, why not do a little traveling, too, to the websites of three special women.  You won’t need your boots, just a little time.  These writers have all given me “quotes”…

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Sunday Poetry: A Lovely Hum of Spirits

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here. All that lovely warm weather, then suddenly winter.  I’ve saved Shoveling Snow for just the right moment, and this surely is the one.  It’s an enchanting poem.  I may be a Floridian at heart, but even…

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Lists: I Really Want to Know. . . Don’t You?

Drumroll, please.  Today’s the first post in a new category at Southern Exposure.  If you like it I’ll probably do this as often as I come up with new lists.  Because this category is ALL about lists.  The fun part is that if you comment on this post and any other “Lists” posts this month, adding your…

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Judging Other People’s Books. What Do I Know?

Last summer I was asked to give input into a new literary prize in the making.   Input is easy to give.  I explained my take on several items in question and enjoyed the company of other writerly persons in the room.  I thought I was finished. Then in November I received my judging instructions. Now,…

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