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6 years of Scouts, and it’s coming to an end…

The day was finally over. After many painstaking minutes, she finally got her daughter off to bed and had leaned back into the recliner to enjoy a good book. But the silence was short-lived. The door swung open and a bouncing seven-year-old tore into the lounge, jumping onto her lap. He was covered in some […]

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To get a 9-to-5 job, or be a writer and editor…

A recent conversation with a close friend of mine (the godmother for my children) started me thinking about the decisions I’ve made in life and wondered why those decisions were made. I don’t think about this wondering if any other choices could have existed — in truth, I feel that my current path was always […]

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Meet the 2015 NaNoWriMo MLs for Christchurch

As many Christchurch participants of NaNoWriMo already know, Lady Talia has stood down as the Municipal Leader for our region. She has contributed much to NaNo over the years, but is now looking forward to spending time with some of her other writing friends in other regions. How Lady Talia managed on her own for such […]

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Where are the toilets in fiction?

In a recent critique of one of my fictional works, a major plot hole was pointed out to me that involved toileting of all things. You read that right, folks. I had an issue related to the poohs and wees. So here’s the scenario: two warriors are being held prisoner, their hands and feet bound. […]

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A Quake to Change Your World: 5 Years On

The low rumble barely registered in her subconscious. The small shakes of the bed were enough to pull her from her sleep. “Great,” she mumbled. “Gijs is having another asthma attack.” With a sudden jolt, the bed jumped across the floor and banged into the wall. The teddy bears and dolls tumbled through the air.

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7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge

I’m not normally one for chain letters, but I seem to be completely swept up in the excitement that is #PitchWars, hence when I was challenged to the 7/7/7 Writer’s Challenge, I had to accept. (Thanks Andrea Contos.) Here’s how it works: You go to your WIP (work-in-progress for my non-writer readers) and find page […]

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All writers have to begin somewhere…

When a writer is asked about how they started writing, the answers are varied. However, if one thinks about it, all writers start their journey at a very young age. In school, we all have those creative writing assignments, even if we dread them. Recently, I was challenged to find a piece of writing from […]

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