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    Should an author kill a main character?

    I’m sure those that managed to slog their way through the novels Game of Thrones (or more likely enjoyed the cinematic version in all its bloody, lusty, much more engaging glory) are familiar with the notion of an author killing off one (or countless) main characters. But I am struggling with letting one of my characters … Continue reading Should an author kill a main character?
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    Dreams of Running Released

    My newest novel, Dreams of Running, is now available in paperback and e-book. I’m glad to see it finally on the shelves. It was a long time coming. It’s a good thing I completed all the editing and final bits before I discovered Masterpieces’s, Poldark, otherwise I might never have gotten it finished. Though I … Continue reading Dreams of Running Released
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    Small World

    We’re in Guatemala. Guatemala City to be exact. Why? Because our visa was about to expire and our paperwork has not been processed yet to give me and the boys residency. We had to go somewhere, and this was the cheapest. Plus, Alex’s dad’s cousin lives here, and we had a visit with him. The … Continue reading Small World
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    No glib, superficial entry today. Sorry folks, this one is a little heavy. A couple of nights ago, we were driving up the mountain from town. It was dark, raining lightly, and a thin fog hung on the banana plants and spiked fences of our neighbors. The headlights flashed across something in the road. “What the … Continue reading Surreal
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    Office Drama

    So, you know how there’s always drama in an office, people gossiping, office space battles. Well MY office drama this morning was that it was sort of cloudy out as I sat on the patio working. Tough, I know. Tagged: Costa Rica, working from home, writing
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    Mr. McGuffin’s Plot Device And Writer Unblocking Emporium — Tara Sparling writes

    Tara is always good for a belly-laugh! I LOVED this piece of hers, and must share.   3 Writers enter Mr McGuffin’s Plot Device and Writer Unblocking Emporium in dire need of help. Will Mr McGuffin be able to save the tragic lovers of the romance novelist? What’s in the bloodstained suitcase? Just what is … Continue reading Mr. McGuffin’s Plot Device And Writer Unblocking Emporium — Tara Sparling writes
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    Dairy Dilemmas

    I knew our family would be making some major adjustments with this move to Costa Rica.We’d be dealing with improving our understanding and speaking of the language; we’d be driving where rules of the road don’t really apply; we’d be trying to find stores, doctors, parks, etc. in a country with a complete lack of street addresses; we’d be … Continue reading Dairy Dilemmas
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    Tropical life

      We wake at the butt-crack of dawn each day, as the manic rooster down the road believes that “morning” begins at 3:45 a.m. I will turn him into fricassee before the month is over. But, one advantage of rising with the dawn is that you see and hear things you other wise would miss … Continue reading Tropical life
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    Pokemon STOP

    Pligxok waved his key-fob. His craft beeped and then disappeared behind its cloaking device. He loved that feature—it had been worth the extra fifty thousand kritoks, regardless of what his wife said. He adjusted his facial-mirroring device, pulled on his brown gloves, and then tugged on his tunic until it covered the bulge showing like […]
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    Things are going south

    My family has made a wild and wonderful decision for our immediate future: we are going to move to Costa Rica for at least a year. “What?” some of you gasp. “Why on earth would they do that?” Well people, it’s because when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. CLICHE ALERT!  [Come on, Mara. You’re a […]
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    Amazon Giveaway

    I’m running an Amazon Giveaway for Matchmaker of Magics for the next 21 days. Here’s your chance to win a fabulous (if I do say so myself) young-adult, speculative fiction novel filled with adventure, unrequited and requited love, angst, dangerous creatures and people, and oh yes, magic!                 […]
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    Ten Ways to Break Your Back

    For you intrepid readers who saw my last blog entry, you might notice a theme of physical ailments and my whining complaints that accompanying them. My hope is you can have a giggle at my expense. Personal pain as inspiration for writing; not a new concept at all. Ten ways to effectively break your back…’cuz I […]
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    The Basilisk in Barnes and Noble

    A short story of fun… “Song for the Basilisk,” Ted read, peering at the paperback in his hand. He glanced up at Amita. “What do you think this is about? Aren’t basilisks snakes? They don’t sing.” “It says ‘Song for the Basilisk, not ‘by the Basilisk’,” Amita said, raising her eyes from the book in […]
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    My wrist hurts

    Too much mousing. That’s what’s done it–the hurting wrist. I’ve given my website a make-over, and that involved a whole lot of mouse use, and now I’m paying the price. But, the site looks pretty good. That’s a plus. Some might say that I’ve spent the last two days on my website as a way […]
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    Sick Sweetness

    I attended a master writer’s workshop taught by Jacquelyn Mitchard last week. It was so fantastic–the group of other writers, Jackie, the copious amounts of tea I drank all day long, and the in depth analysis of the elements of a novel. Took me back to my days as an undergrad in English Literature, but this […]

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