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Chap fell in the river. Again. Happy happy Fish Fry.

SO, THE QUEST for Annual Opa’s Fish Fry (celebrating his 91st birthday) is well underway, so we’re fishing. Every frigging day. The dog’s are loving it . . . And so is Opa. And because he’s here, he’s running the … Continue reading

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Why do deer play? Because they can…

YESTERDAY AFTERNOON, I was playing with the dogs down by the river, when across the cove, a yearling deer came down the hill and stood and stared at me. She was with three other deer, who couldn’t have cared less. … Continue reading

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Eagles, animal shelter and one very bad kitty: I’m sorry, I’m sorry~ I’m not sorry

I AWOKE THIS morning to an angry kitty–Marlowe the Thunder Cat was annoyed that Atticus the Ninja Kitty broke into the food and ate it. All. So Marlowe had tuna and crumbs for breakfast, and I left to go get … Continue reading

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Spend it, shoot it, play it, lose it: Revising in three stages

THE FIRST THING you need to know about revisions is to give yourself permission to write crap. You can fix a broken page . . . you can not fix a blank page. I write as fast as I can, … Continue reading

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Revisions and how they work–the revised and why tomorrow…

  “A ninja?” I said as Cantu put the chainsaw in the trunk of his car. “Consider the source,” Cantu said, smacking the back of his jeans. “You eat today?” “I had a little breakfast,” I hedged. “Uh huh. A … Continue reading

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From polished to published: Avoid dumbass mistakes

I RECENTLY had an interesting Facebook conversation with a new friend, who bemoaned good stories she’d read with a shit-ton of mistakes. And yes, I’ve made some epic dumbass mistakes myself, and fixing them is a royal pain–in my second … Continue reading

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How Budweiser changed my life *and it how it can change yours too*

AND NO, I’M not advocating investing in a six-pack or even a case of America’s favorite cold beverage (been there, done that and all it does is make it worse). It goes a lot deeper than that. Go ahead and … Continue reading

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Everything I know about character I learned from JK Rowling…

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All I want for Christmas is a hot FBI Agent. And a Happy Ending

When last we saw our intrepid heroine, obituary writer Cauley MacKinnon, she was multi-tasking–trying to identify a Dead Guy, attempting to tone down her mother’s epic Christmas party, and all the while, trying to figure out how to make FBI … Continue reading

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