Category Archives: Inspiration

Being Thankful

This month I suspect many bloggers will deal with the topic of thankfulness or gratitude. After all, it is the season. And in spite of the fact that I haven’t been able as of yet to meet my grandson who … Continue reading

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10 Quotable Quotes from No More Secrets

Whenever I pick up a new book—fiction or nonfiction—I like to pause and note any passages that trigger aha moments. In earlier times (pre-computer), I would copy those pearls of wisdom into an “Inspirational Quotations” file. I still have that … Continue reading

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PLOTTR: Is It Right for You? by CiCi Cordelia

As Cheryl and I have been upping our CiCi Cordelia game, we find ourselves on the lookout for new tools and ways to improve our creativity. Especially since we have decided to continue writing in the nineteenth-century Western Historical world … Continue reading

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Fall fun and finding a treasure…

I believe a good dose of pumpkin or apples can do wonders for the soul this time of year. Here’s a couple of ideas from the October, 2020 Better Homes & Gardens Magazine. https://www.bhg.com/recipe/pumpkin-cheese-ball/ Yup, that’s a green bean for … Continue reading

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Send a note, spread cheer, take a breath.

Old-fashioned, written words bring a smile to my face. How about yours? I’m blessed with the luxury of a combined writing office and craft room. For special notes, I use my card making station, below. The calming lake view helps … Continue reading

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By Rote with Ryan: The Importance of Pre-Writing Exercises

The mind is a muscle, and like any muscle before a work out, you want to warm it up a little. And like any muscle, if we don’t exercise and use our writing muscles regularly, we lose that creativity we … Continue reading

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Debut Life Lessons: Reflections on a Debut Year

Last week I hit my first grand author milestone (besides, you know, the one about publishing a book.) I officially hit my one-year mark of being a published author! WHEN PLANETS FALL has been on sale for an entire year. … Continue reading

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Duet-Writing on a Trilogy: Fun and Educational But Mostly Fun! By CiCi Cordelia

In just a few weeks, CiCi Cordelia—aka Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko—will release Book One of a series set in late-1800s Colorado. It’s our first foray into the Historical Romance genre with a sub-genre of Western Historical. We’ve been having … Continue reading

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Why do we Torture Ourselves?

Today, I decided to head back to my exercise routine–pilates reformer. I had major surgery in August and it took a little longer than I expected to recover. Several weeks out from the surgery I had moved from recovery to … Continue reading

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Trudging Through the Garbage

Stephen King was the first to call it as he saw it. In his amazing book, On Writing, he refers, unabashedly, to first drafts as “shitty” (I’m quoting King here). Is this true? Maybe, maybe not. As a writer, I … Continue reading

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