Archive | January 2013

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Something So Bad It’s As If It Was Good

The simile and metaphor are powerful tools in the right hands. An elegant comparison can be used to bring a description to life and enhance the reader’s experience. I did an entire post on similes and metaphors over a year ago and I encourage you to explore those two literary devices in much more detail. […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Ringing

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Ringing. Here is my offering: Quasimodo saw the advertisement and […]

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Story (Prompt) Time

Occasionally I give you all a chance to write something of your own based on written or visual prompts.  The time has come once again. But I am doing something a little different this go-round.  Below are four original illustrations of the same character (which I have named Fenster Sutcliff) engaged in different activities.  However […]

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Savion Glover’s Amazing Feet (or Feat)

I know this is a writer’s blog but I have to share some thoughts on what I experienced the other evening.  I went to see Savion Glover at George Mason University’s Center for the Performing Arts this past Sunday. It. Was. Incredible. If he is coming to a town near you, go see him. The […]

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Five Sentence Fiction — Forgotten

Tuesday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Forgotten. Here is my offering: The wind raced passed the […]

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Are We There Yet? Working Through the Sophomore Slump

On Tuesday, my son begins the second semester of his freshman year away at college. He loves it there and already owns a wardrobe primarily of green and gold, the school colors. I thought that he did pretty fabulously his first semester, but he was expecting or wishing to have done better.  He is in […]

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Front and Center: The Importance of a Well Designed Cover

About a year ago I talked about the importance of decent book cover design and I think it’s time to revisit the subject.  There is a wide range of styles and approaches to book cover design and being a graphic designer myself, I find some are more successful than others. Don’t kid yourself into thinking […]

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