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Care and Feeding of a Writer

By Jean Willett     Traveling recently, I realized how the experience was similar to writing. Get up, load the car, drive hours and arrive exhausted. With my writing, I wake up energized about part of my story and head for my computer. After several hours, my body is tired, my eyes are strained and […]

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Jean Willett - March 25, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I forgot to add -
–Take time for a massage to work out the kinks in your neck and shoulders!
–Play favorite music to energize your brain.

My list is growing….

If We Understood

by Nicki Salcedo I’ve been troubled by mysteries in recent weeks. Where did the plane go? Why is the skin of my youth not the skin that I have now? Why do we grieve? Why do we claim we know when time begins, when logically time can have no beginning or end? I’m like a […]

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Darcy Crowder - March 24, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Nicki, from one questioning soul to another, I feel your pain. Loss is never easy to understand, there are just too many questions and never enough answers. I hope you find the answers that help you. I know I’ve been finding a lot of peace in gratitude. I may not understand the whys, but I can always look around and be thankful for the beauty in my life. I know you know this too. We each have so much to be thankful for…

The Wonder That’s Keeping the Stars Apart

By Kimberly Brock   On a clear October night in 1847, a young woman stood alone on a Nantucket rooftop while her family and friends remained unaware in the house below. She peered into the night sky through a telescope and discovered a discrepancy that would change science forever and win her awards, catapulting her […]

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Laura Drake - March 15, 2014 - 5:32 am

Kimberly, what a beautiful reminder to us all. I already know you’re the girl who is looking, because you touched me with your debut book. In tackling tough subjects, you already are writing fearlessly. If you have more, bring them on – I can’t wait to read them!

It’s easy to get caught up in the vagaries of the writer’s life outside writing, and forget the important part; the part you began writing for to begin with.

Thanks for the reminder.

Jean Willett - March 15, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Kim, what a wonderful post that touches the heart with a reminder to be fearless in our writing. It’s so easy to be caught up in our family’s needs and put them before our writing. It’s also so easy to be safe and comfortable in our writing, to not expand our reach and grow. Thanks for nudging the thoughts into my head to be more.

Darcy Crowder - March 24, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Kim, I wholeheartedly agree with Jean and Laura – this is a beautiful, gentle reminder to write fearlessly. It’s time to let imagination soar, to reach for those stars and not be afraid to speak our hearts. Thank you.

Imagination Inspiration

 . . . a writerly observation by Brenna Lauren The past. History. The way we were. The  good old days. Paradise lost. Yore.  -  My own personal grab bag of imagination inspiration. The irony of being a modern day writer is that so much came before, so much will come after, we can’t really “see” […]

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The Boca Deb - March 12, 2014 - 6:06 pm

You’re going to love this . . . but Brenna’s photo with the dunce hat inspires me. In fact, she just kickstarted my so-called muse. One of the characters I’m developing right now is an Army Brat who played the dunce as a defense mechanism, but it turns out that he was very smart — perhaps the smartest one in his social group. I won’t say any more than that so as not to give it away, but I think you get the idea…

Liz Flaherty - March 13, 2014 - 6:26 am

We were just there two weeks ago, so some of those shots (especially the cathedral–wow) look familiar. I have loved reading “southern” ever since Gone With the Wind in the 7th grade–and many times since–but nothing ever made me “feel” those books like seeing Savannah did. It’s wonderful.

Darcy - March 24, 2014 - 8:05 pm

Savannah is one of my favorite places to wander….and wonder! It is beautiful, Brenna and I couldn’t agree more. The “what if’s” practically jump out at you around every corner. Love the photos! Can’t wait to get back down and see you. :)

Opportunities Don’t Always Knock; They Wait For You to Parboil

By Deb Smith   Change is painful. Learning, growth, progress. Letting go of the assumptions we had about our  level of ability, our writing talent, our career path – hard.   Complacency is easy, like being stuck in warm, soft bath on a hot day. Or, like the analogy of the frog who’s dropped into […]

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