Category Archives: Simply Stated By Sally!

Verbs paint the essence of your characters–a writing tips post.

This page is from the 1906 “Text Book of Art Education.” Paintings evoke emotions, as should your books. How to compose like a painter? After attending an inspiring Master Class by Damon Suede, author of Verbalize: Bring Stories to Life … Continue reading

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Eat Your Veggies – Still a Great Idea!

Writing four books in four years put me in a chair more than my body appreciated. A friend began a plant based eating journey, and I’ve done the same. The result is a slow and steady loss of excess weight … Continue reading

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Spring Gardening-Ground Covers: Friend, Neighborly, or Enemy…

I have a terraced yard which didn’t look like this when we moved here in 2011. This photo was taken two books ago, so it’s a bit more ‘natural’ now. I’m out between rain showers to work on that aspect … Continue reading

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Authors are told to write what they know. I need to research! (this post appeared for a few minutes by accident in January…)

How does a writer immerse a reader into their story? Whether the backdrop’s Victorian England or contemporary Montana, pathways arise through scenery details and responses specific to each character. Dialect, weather, cultural nuances, and tools or technologies expedite the journey. … Continue reading

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Memories Trim the Tree

A thick stand of trees needed thinning on our property. We used the top of one for our tree. I’m not the color coordinated/tinsel or bows kind of decorator. My tree brings fond memories of days gone by each time … Continue reading

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The pup needed a buddy and a job.

Maggie turned nine months old on October 13th. We adore her curiosity, fearlessness, and enthusiasm. The challenge of keeping her shepherd brain and energy in check frequently wears us out. This photo sums up her attitude. “If I’m bored, I’ll … 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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Developing Courage in Yourself and Others

I recently attended a Zoom workshop featuring a video of Brene Brown (a research professor and NYT bestselling author) speaking to educators on the power and affects of courage, vulnerability, and shame. Her wisdom opened my eyes as to how … Continue reading

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Friend Check. Are you okay?

More than ever, we need to pose that simple question. Phone, text, email, or write your friends/relatives who’ve gone silent and then listen. My ‘herd’ includes men and women who live alone. I remember feeling isolated when I first moved … 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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