Category Archives: Muses and Madness: The Writing Life

Posts about creating an inspiring writing environment, setting writting goals, and discovering new writing ideas.

New Project, New Risk, New Opportunity

Gears changed in my writing machine. The truth: I’m sick of reading my manuscript, and I’m bored with the revision process. I know, I know—writing is mostly revision, but I need a diversion, so when a writer friend asked me … Continue reading

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2011: A New Year of Opportunity

Here we are, facing a bright new year with 361 days remaining to form into whatever we want. Three hundred sixty-one days of new opportunities to do something that makes us happy.  For me, this translates to writing. If I … Continue reading

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So Many Words, So Little Time

Last week, as I stood with my mom by her sister’s hospital bed, I realized this frail, semi-conscious woman with tubes connected to every possible part of her body was only twenty-five years my senior. Twenty-five more years, and not all … Continue reading

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Read and Write

I’ve recovered from the writing marathon of November, ending with 33,017 words. I didn’t make my original goal of 50,000 words, but I’ll take the 33,000 and a fun month with family and friends! Last week, I completed a detailed … Continue reading

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Count Your Blessings

“Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go. . . ” my children sang each year as we drove to my mom’s house for Thanksgiving. I spent this past weekend with my mom, sisters, nieces, and … Continue reading

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Writing Conferences and Workshops

I’ve had another busy and productive week. I registered for the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop Conference to be held October 22-24 in Myrtle Beach . I’ve attended this conference in previous years, and the speakers and workshops were excellent. The … Continue reading

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I’m Serious about Writing! Are You?

I’ve been a busy girl for the past two weeks. I joined three national writers’ associations and submitted five humor essays to contests I found on the websites of these associations. I completed a rewrite of the first half of … Continue reading

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Life Changes

When I retired, not only did I transition from employee to retiree, but also I transitioned from homeowner to apartment dweller. To survive the life changes, I had a mission: simplify my life. I eliminated years of accumulated clutter that … Continue reading

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