December 2015 – Our Write Side

I still remember the day I took this picture. I was at our local park with my husband and he was fishing. He always begs me to fish with him, he even bought me my own pole, but I just can’t handle the stillness; to just sit and stare at the water for so long….

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Welcome to the Darkroom where we open our photo album to you to help spark your creativity. Each week we offer a new photo, but the story is yours to write. The Rules, because there are always rules: 1. The photo is here to spark your imagination. Use it as the landscape for your story,…

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The semester is over. There aren’t any more attached papers for me to look through. I won’t hear any anxiety-ridden voices on the other end of the phone asking to meet with me to help find a topic. There won’t be any more pumpkin-spiced lattes lazily curling steam from narrow plastic slits, or any more…

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What is Wednesday Writers Wisdom? I’m glad you asked. I originally started this series to share writing advice with other writers, especially beginning writers. I know when I first started writing again in 2010, I needed a lot of help. So, thus WWW was born. You can expect to find writing advice shared by me,…

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I love that I have decided to integrate my parenting stories and anecdotes into this site. It is too tedious to compartmentalize everything I share, plus I feel like I am dividing who I am into pieces. I am a writer. I am a wife and a creative soul. I am a mother. And beyond…

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The humble apostrophe is often abused, or ignored. Misuse of this simple punctuation mark inevitably ranks high on many writing “pet peeve” lists. Just because a word ends with an s doesn’t automatically imply that there will also be an apostrophe included. All of the uncertainty over the proper use of a little accent mark…

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This is a resource page to external writing contests that are open for submissions*. Information is given where it applies, any applicable entry fees are noted, and deadlines are posted by month. Please check each contest’s guidelines before submitting. Most are paid prizes, but a few are publication. Be sure to read thoroughly. Best of luck…

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               There is little in a writer’s life that moves quickly except the calendar when we have a deadline.  Words may come slowly, edits creep along, but those days on the calendar just fly by.  Before we realize, another year is gone.  At my age I start to wonder how many more years I dare…

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The Master Class has returned! Every week, I will introduce you to three prompts. Choose one, write about it, link up, and move to the head of the class. It’s that simple. The rules: Read the prompts. Write a story answering the prompt. This can mean you use the prompt as your title, somewhere in…

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Of course our December 2015 Author of the Month, Cameron Garriepy, had to have a brand new book debut on December 1, and of course, I just had to read it. It contains 2 short stories, one written by each author. Both stories are sweet and bring you into the moment quickly. Reviewed by Stephanie…

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