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Using Unexpected Words Too Often

Did you ever read a book when the author uses a word that sticks in your brain? Maybe it’s a new word you’ve never heard before. Maybe it’s one you haven’t heard that often. It’s a great way to expand your vocabulary. But when the author uses the same word a few chapters later, does […]

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The City of Lost Fortunes Book Review

I LOVED THIS BOOK! Bryan Camp did a great job weaving together many different spiritualistic beliefs in a way that was entertaining and educational (in a fun way). The dialogue was realistic and catchy. Hard to believe this is his first book. I look forward to reading more of his work. Have you joined Goodreads […]

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Do Authors Ever Go On Vacation?

Short answer is…no. At least I don’t. Getting away from my desk is a relief and something I look forward to, but my laptop is never left behind. What if the urge hits me to knock out a few thousand words? I can’t pass up that opportunity. Although many authors recommend having a set schedule […]

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Swallow’s Dance

Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr My rating: 3 of 5 stars Reading was not a waste of time but I didn’t feel hooked from the beginning. It was more like something I had to finish because I started it. Even halfway through the book I was trying to identify the point of the story. The […]

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Conjunctions Reborn

This is a fun bit of trivia I wish I could go back and show my high school English teacher: according to the Chicago Manual of Style 5.206, it’s okay to begin a sentence with a conjunction. A conjunction is a joiner, typically of two sentences or thoughts—and, but, however, therefore, etc. The authors claim […]

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Commas, Commas, and more Commas

So how do you do with commas? I think I’m pretty good most of the time. It took me a while to adjust between the military writing style using American Psychological Association and the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) used in novels. You may have heard that it’s optional to put a comma before the […]

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Chicago Manual of Style

The Chicago Manual of Style is an essential guide for writers, editors, and publishers…and word geeks. I turn to this 1,000+ page reference guide often as I’m writing or editing to look up the approved way of formatting or abbreviating something. But I get lost in the interesting facts that probably only capture the attention […]

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Energy is Everything

Do you perform better at a certain time of the day? That is when your energy is highest. You can keep up that pace by re-energizing yourself throughout the day. Our bodies naturally go in cycles where they need to recharge every 90 minutes or so. Pushing through it with coffee or sheer will is […]

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