Grammar – It Gets Your Attention

Have you ever started reading a book, but could not get through it, because there were so many grammar mistakes? I have too! Good grammar is paramount to your book selling and appealing to a wide audience. Of course, this applies to your blog posts, as well. I actually have… Continue reading

Fear Of…

Writing 101 posed this today: What are you scared of? Address one of your worst fears. If you’re up for a twist, write this post in a style that’s different from your own. FEAR Terror grips my throat – I cannot breathe. Dread is heavy in my limbs, and I… Continue reading

Found Deception

Writing 101 asks us to imagine you had a job in which you had to sift through forgotten or lost belongings. Describe a day in which you come upon something peculiar, or tell a story about something interesting you find in a pile. I hefted the last of the file… Continue reading

Dear Tabitha

Dear Tabitha, I could not believe what I read, but there it was in black and white, right in front of me. I had to write you immediately, because like me, you share an undying curiosity in the world around you. I know what I read will intrigue you. Have… Continue reading

The New Me–Part II

Writing 101 for today says:  Earlier in the course, you wrote about losing something called, “The New Me-Part One.”  Today, write about finding something. For your twist, view day four’s post and today’s post as installments in a series. Losing all that weight in 2012 gave me a new confidence… Continue reading

The Bigamist

Today in Writing 101, write a post with roots in a real-world conversation. For a twist, include foreshadowing. I opened the envelope in my hands glancing at the return address as I ripped it open. Schultz & Kirkpatrick, P.C. it read. A lawyer, I thought to myself. From Milwaukee, Wisconsin,… Continue reading

My Step Mother’s House

My step mother’s house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin was a dark-red brick house with ivy growing all over, which colored the house according to the seasons.  In fall, the house blared out in wild hues of red, copper, and orange ivy leaves.  In winter, the house seemed stark, naked.  In spring… Continue reading

My first German-Polish-Russian Christmas

I was born the fourth child to a German father from Kansas, and a Russian mother, who I was told was born on a boat coming to America. Apparently I was the by-product of a fabulous 35th birthday celebration that my father must have greatly enjoyed. I did the math… Continue reading

The Red Sweater

A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene. Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view: from… Continue reading

Dental Reverberations

Writing 101 instructions are: Go to a public location and make a detailed report of what you see. The twist of the day? Write the post without adverbs. I walked into the dentist’s office this morning with a purpose in mind. I wanted to get my teeth cleaned and get… Continue reading