Something New – “Endings and Beginnings,” by Colleen Chesebro

I was honored to write a piece for my Sis, Lisa! ❤

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Today is the final day for my Guest Blog Series of Something New! My good sis, Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading Blog wraps it up for us.

New Beginnings

I would like to thank my friend Lisa, for inviting me to her fabulous blog and for inviting me to write about one of my favorite subjects – new beginnings.

When I was a child and mid-August rolled around, I remember fondly the anticipation I felt at the beginning of each school year. I loved my new pens and notebooks, folders, and theme paper. I diligently cut up brown paper grocery bags and wrapped the covers of my school books, as was the custom required by the Milwaukee Public School system at the time. Excitement was in the air and I knew that year would be the best yet!

In fact, I have always loved new beginnings. There is something fresh and exciting…

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Hurry Up and WAIT… and Other Miscellaneous Bits

Come on in and have a seat. That's right. There you go. I have bottled water, coffee, tea… your choice. I thought it would be fun to just chat for a change. I figured it was time to explain all the crazy blog themes I have been experimenting with and to bring you up to … Continue reading Hurry Up and WAIT… and Other Miscellaneous Bits

Mindful Monday – 7 Mindful Mantras to Get You through the Week

Welcome to Mindful Monday! Each week I try to examine new or sometimes old things about myself. I have found that being mindful encompasses the act of being watchful, aware, wary, heedful, alert, careful, or attentive, in whatever area in my life I feel it applies to, as I attempt to live in the present. Come … Continue reading Mindful Monday – 7 Mindful Mantras to Get You through the Week

Silver’s Book Reviews – “The Crater Lake Series,” by Francis Guenette

Title:  The Crater Lake Series: "Disappearing in Plain Sight," "The Light Never Lies," "Chasing Down the Night" Author: Francis Guenette File Size: 3331 KB Print Length: Page Numbers Source ISBN: Publisher: Huckleberry Haven Publishing Publication Date: June 30, 2015 Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Language: English ASIN:  B010QZ12K0 ISBN-10: ISBN-13: 9780994066404 Formats:  Kindle Genres: Women's Fiction, Romance, Drama, Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Romance … Continue reading Silver’s Book Reviews – “The Crater Lake Series,” by Francis Guenette

“Darlings and Ugly Ducklings,” by Graydon Miller

Please meet my friend, Graydon Miller (aka Grady Miller) author of "The Hostages of Vera Cruz," which I reviewed a few weeks back. Click here to read the review. Graydon has a new book out called "The Havana Brotherhood." He is going to share some interesting information with us about his book and his writing … Continue reading “Darlings and Ugly Ducklings,” by Graydon Miller

10 Tips to Make Blogging Enjoyable. Traps to Avoid.

All my fussing with my blog of late is because of these reasons. Finally I found something that works. Don’t be afraid to experiment. 💗

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Sometimes you start to blog, not having blog tips as warnings, you are all excited and you do things to your blog or that involves blogging that ultimately end up being traps that are like quicksand. They drag you down and deplete you of energy as you work to pull yourself out of what has happened.

What you do with your blog is ultimately up to you, because you want your blog to BE you. It represents part of you that you want to put out there.

Today I want to cover 10 things, traps if you will, that will cost you time, cause you weariness, and create misery. Knowing these things ahead of time might be able to save you. As a blogger now, you can maybe head these things off before they get out of hand. Or if you’re neck deep already, perhaps these 10 tips will give…

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RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #59 Bird & Red

The haiku prompt words (bird and red) from Ronovan touched a tender spot in my heart this week. Eighteen years ago I lost my sister to a battle with brain cancer. I remember at her graveside service back in Wisconsin, my nieces and nephew watched as a lone red cardinal high up in a branch kept … Continue reading RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #59 Bird & Red

Cooking with Silver – Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Silver found another amazing gluten-free recipe to share with you, this time from Gluten Free & More. These cookies look like they are easy to make too! Enjoy! MAKES 4 DOZEN COOKIES By Sueson Vess PHOTOGRAPHY BY CORY DERUSSEAU Back by popular demand, these chewy homemade chocolate chip cookies are a readers' favorite. This recipe can … Continue reading Cooking with Silver – Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

GO SET A WATCHMAN

The writing process is a journey within a writing journey. Excellent points here about To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman!

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To All Who Plan to Read or Have Read “Go Set a Watchman”:

Cynthia and Howie comparing copies of Cynthia and Howie compare “Go Set a Watchman” with “To Kill a Mockingbird”
photo by Lynn Christoffers

“Go Set a Watchman” was Harper Lee’s first book, and first books are usually unpublishable, as was “Watchman.”  While it has brilliant writing in patches, it has inconsistencies, improbable passages, repetitions, unnecessary divergences, too much back story, ramblings, boring passages, too much overwriting, and almost every error a new writer can make.

Tay Hohoff, an editor at Lippincott, saw promise in the work, saying the “spark of the true writer flashed in every line.”  She urged Harper Lee to scrap “Watchman” and start all over, write a new book with an entirely different story.  Hohoff saw Scout’s young voice, one of several back stories in “Watchman,” as the potential for a great book once it was rewritten, and, of course…

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Pure Inspiration

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer's Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author's quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to … Continue reading Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Pure Inspiration