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Five Common Plot Problems by C.D. Hersh

  There have been volumes written on plotting. After all, it is a critical element in every story. While we don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, we have picked up a few pointers on our journey in … Continue reading

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Life is Like a Box of Chocolates-by Catherine Castle

Forrest Gump said it so succinctly, “Life is like a box of chocolates … you never know what you going to get.” You never do know what you’re going to get … unless the box lid has a diagram that … Continue reading

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Writer, Oh Thy Name is Tenacity by Catherine Castle

  The dictionary defines tenacity as “the quality of the state of being tenacious, as in persistence.” When a person is tenacious they hold fast to things and are not easily pulled apart. We’ve taken a number of trips and … Continue reading

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Call Me Grace-less and Grateful by Catherine Castle

  I had my first, and I hope my last ever, ride in an ambulance this year. It’s not a very smooth drive, and it was pretty cold without my winter coat on. I also learned something new: I can’t … Continue reading

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You Might Be A Garden Junkie If… by Catherine Castle

Snowball bush in my garden Photo by Catherine Hershberger At my house, the spring garden is in full bloom. The snowball bush, shown above is so laden with blooms that you can hardly see the bush. All the beds have … Continue reading

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Do You Believe in Space Aliens? by C.D. Hersh

  courtesy of openclipart   March 20 is Alien Abduction Day, so we thought we’d start the month off talking about alien abductions and UFOs. And, no, we’ve never been abducted, although Catherine did have a boyfriend who claimed to … Continue reading

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Seven Ways to Stop Writer’s Procrastination by Catherine Castle

We all procrastinate. Some of us more than others. Writers are no different, except we sometimes call our procrastination Writer’s Block. Me–I call my Writer’s Procrastination Writer’s Avoidance. And I can get pretty good at it sometimes. Here’s a few … Continue reading

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A Winter Sonnet by Catherine Castle

 Winter has arrived, at least in some parts of the county. Here in Ohio, it’s still a bit spring-like, at least for now. They’re predicting snow and slush this Friday. So, I thought it might be a great time for … Continue reading

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Show Don’t Tell … And Do It With Bugs by Catherine Castle

  As writers we often talk about show don’t tell. It’s a concept newbies have trouble with. So, here’s a little piece that I think will help illustrate the point of how and why we should Show Don’t Tell … … Continue reading

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Quilting Your Book by Catherine Castle

Once a year have the opportunity to attend Joy Quilters Mystery Day and start a mystery quilt. I’ve been doing this for several years now and have several unfinished quilt tops. The interesting part of the mystery quilt challenge, and … Continue reading

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