At least I have non-fiction.

At times, I feel like a fraud. I’m sure many writers go through this phase often enough. We work our asses off to craft our stories, perfecting our craft, but we struggle to get noticed. It’s rejection after rejection, with no real reason why.

Sometimes, the ones who surround us will flaunt their successes. You look at them and question everything that you know. They’re pumping out the stories, yet, you struggle to get just the one finished. And they get contract after contract, but you have yet to work up the nerve to even begin the query process for the second time.

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The mind is reeling… but not on blogs.

There are times when writers find that it is hard to focus — or at least I do. I'll admit that I have so many different projects going on at once that trying to keep my mind on one task long enough to finish it can be trying.

Cover for Hidden TrapsConfession time: I have over 25 different manuscripts in the works, all in differing states of development, ranging from just a few jotted lines on a piece of paper through to a full manuscript that is ready to go out the door. And with the looming release of Hidden Traps just around the corner, I haven't had the chance to work on any of them. Instead I've been so focused on the marketing campaign for Hidden Traps and the supplementary material. The creative wandering brain has fizzled from exhaustion. Dare I say it, so has my random thoughts generator for my blog posts.

I so need to curl up in bed and sleep for a week. But I can't. I must push on.

But it's not fair on my readers to generate some mediocre post. So, it's time to revisit some of the old ones again.

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I’m a Gluten for Punishment. Auto-Correct is a Beast!

Have you ever written a message on Facebook or Twitter (or some other social media site) only to have auto-correct kick in, changing out that carefully selected word for something that is completely wrong? What about using MS Word or some other word-processing system? Now, for the tricky question: how many times have your actually just misspelled something but blamed auto-correct? Be honest. You know you’ve done it at least once or twice.

Today, I thought I’d pay homage to some of the masterpiece moments of auto-correct and just plain bad spelling.

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Sometimes, life gets in the way…

I had every intention to post something new this week, but every time I went to sit down to write something, life got in the way. (I've spent the last few days at the hospital while my husband had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix. Not fun.)

So instead of trying to drive myself insane to come up with the perfect post, I've decided that it's time to send out a few links to my favourite posts from recent times.

Read on, my dear readers. You won't be disappointed.

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Has Political Correctness Gone Too Far?

The idea of political correctness (PC as many have come to abbreviate it) is not anything new. The civil rights movements in the 1960s and 1970s were all about trying to remove the gender and racial bias that is inherent in our society. From these tough times came some positive actions — things that I and my children can benefit from — but with the push for acceptance and tolerance, has today's society taken it too far?

Every time I turn around, the acceptable terminology to describe those around me has changed yet again. I have come to terms with the idea that words do change their meanings with each generation, but must we really confuse multiple generations of people at once, simply because the latest generation thinks we’re being insensitive? It's bad enough that the term "gay" has two different meanings depending on the context (happy or homosexual), but now we have this LBGTQ acronym that we have to use.

Let's ignore the fact that majority of the population will have no clue what LBGTQ stands for. I didn't — not until I actually looked it up while writing this post. (For those of you who don't know, LBGTQ stands for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgendered and queer — however, the Q can stand for questioning too, depending on who you're talking to.) Instead, let’s just confuse everyone with a random acronym that isn't even nice to say — it doesn't roll off the tongue.

New legislation crops up every day, all designed to help promote equality. Each new law is meant to help bridge the gaps that were identified in the 1960s and 1970s, but extend to all areas where prejudice can occur. These laws are meant to help shatter the glass ceiling that women face in business and industry. They’re meant to remove the barriers for those of different skin colours and religious backgrounds. They’re there to give people the confidence to forge the romantic connections that pull so strongly on their hearts. All of these new laws and policies were meant to protect people's rights to be different, but this push to promote diversity within society has taken an insane turn.

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