Category Archives: Authorly Stuff

Fascinating Facts About Octopuses

Today is the last day of International Cephalopod Awareness Days, and I’ve written a blog post for the Emblazoner’s website. Check it out to learn some fascinating facts about one type of cephalopod: octopuses.  The Emblazoners are a group of children’s … Continue reading

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Werewolves – Fact or Fiction

Rumors of shape-shifting creatures have haunted humans for ages. Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, along with vampires, are the most well-known shape-shifters. The word “werewolf” comes from two Old English words: “wer,” which means “man,” and “wulf” for “wolf.” Here … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction Just in Time For Friday the 13th

Photo and effects by Lynn Kelley Last Friday Debra Kristi’s blog featured a flash fiction story she wrote, inspired by weird, Twilight Zone ceramic critters in her hotel room. She challenged others to write a flash fiction piece based on … Continue reading

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Rats!

I need to take time off from posting. I’m not sure how long. I thought I could keep up, but I can’t. Moving is maddening. I’m not sleeping well. Look at those dark circles under my eyes! Gotta unpack all … Continue reading

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DÉJÀ VU – Stepping Into Your Character’s Shoes

Today, I’m participating in  DL Hammon’s DÉJÀ VU BLOGEST! co-hosted by Katie Mills (Creepy Query Girl),  Nicole Ducleroir, and Lydia Kare   Everyone who signed up is posting an old blogpost.   Here’s my post from July 4, 2011.  I picked this post … Continue reading

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Interview With a Pirate Rat!

I have a special guest for you today. Please welcome Vlad, the talking pirate rat. Thank you for visiting, Vlad. I’m thrilled I get to pick your brain today. Arrr, swabber! No one be messin’ with me poor brain, lest … Continue reading

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Tis the Season For Blog Awards!

Surprise!   In the past few months, lucky duck that I am, I’ve received “The Versatile Blogger” award from three wonderful blogger buds. I would like to thank: C. Lee McKenzie – TheWriteGame Debra Kristi’s Blog – Sparks in the Fire … Continue reading

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My Choices in Publishing

“The future ain’t what it used to be.”  ~Yogi Berra If only a peek into a crystal ball could tell us which road to take. A group of children’s writers had some interesting discussions via email about traditional publishing vs. … Continue reading

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How Do You Cook Up Suspense?

Teachers, Home-schoolers, Writers, KIDS –  Here’s a Spooklicious Creative Writing Lesson For You! The Literary Witches of Craggy Cove: Frizzelda (Maria Cisneros Toth) and Batsey (Kathryn Sant) COOKING UP SUSPENSE! One of my Monster Moon co-authors, Maria Toth, called me … Continue reading

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Stepping Into Your Character’s Shoes

If the shoe fits . . . well, it sure makes it easier to step into the role of your character. What if you’re a male writing about a female? Stepping into her shoes might be difficult. It can be … Continue reading

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