Monthly Archives: August 2011

Have you cooked with Cottolene lately?

My title is a loaded question because unless you were cooking during the years from 1868 to about 1950, you’ve probably never even heard of Cottolene. But if you write historicals, you might have your heroine dip into a bucket of Cottolene rather than lard if she’s cooking in the late 19th Century or early … Continue reading »

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Pal Gets His Way!

On this Fiction Fun Friday, I’m taking you back in time to 1895 when men were gentlemen, ladies valued their reputation, and a horse might stick his nose where it didn’t belong. This excerpt is actually taken from a story I’ve started that I hope you’ll be reading one day. Here’s Laurie and her Lawman! … Continue reading »

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Seasons in the Mist by Deb Kinnard—A Review

Subtitle: Confessions of a Recovering Feminist Chivalry, oh, how I long for thee! Strong hands to lift me. Broad shoulders to guard me. Kind words to cherish me. And lips to call me … wench???? Oh yes, but if he comes with all the other … he can call me wench! Bethany was a 21st … Continue reading »

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Half Full Vs. Half Empty

We’ve all heard the half empty, half full discussion. I’ll be honest. I have to force myself to perceive the glass as half full much of the time. My normal inclination is to see the dreary side of things. I guess that’s my old melancholy nature I inherited from somewhere. But I’ve received an inheritance … Continue reading »

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Found Any Good Publishers Lately?

Sometimes finding the right publisher can be harder than writing a potential best-seller. I’ve read there are hundreds of small presses out there if you can find them. To be honest, you probably don’t want to find some of them. Many charge a fee to publish your book. I included one such publisher in the … Continue reading »

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One Rooster Too Many

The rooster charged Diana Tedlock again. This time she dipped her hand in the bucket of feed and pelted him with precious grit. It screeched and whipped its beak, but retreated. “Go on you crazed thing, before you end up in my pot for supper.” She’d figure out how to replace the lost corn and … Continue reading »

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In Between—A Review? (Warning: It may be hazardous to your sanity!)

            Okay … so I go to the library and can’t find the book I want, so I decide to break down and look for one of my favorite authors in the Young Adult Section. I have vowed not to read any more Young Adult, because … well … maybe I need to grow up … Continue reading »

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We Are God’s Workmanship

God amazes me daily. If I stop and really listen, I can “hear” the still, small voice. And I can “see” His work in my life and the lives of others. But I have to get still and really listen.  When the Lord put the desire in me to write stories for Him in November of … Continue reading »

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Developing Pace

“Writing simply means no dependent clauses, no dangling things, no flashbacks, and keeping the subject near the predicate. We throw in as many fresh words we can get away with. Simple, short sentences don’t always work. You have to do tricks with pacing, alternate long sentences with short, to keep it vital and alive…Virtually every … Continue reading »

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A House Divided

I told the other ladies I would not be writing devotionals because I figure with my thinking process if I tried a devotional, it would probably just confuse everyone. But I heard something that stuck with me and thought I’d pass it on. You remember the sentence, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham … Continue reading »

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