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I Did It!

I did it!  I finished my novel!  City of the Giants stands at 80,014 words and 309 pages.  Yippee!  Wow, what a month it's been.  I've had a wonderful time creating this story.  Now comes the hard part of rewriting and editing.  But first I've got to get Christmas taken care of.  A little more… Continue reading I Did It!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  I hope you enjoy your feast today.  I'm busy making a pecan yam casserole and green bean casserole to complement the turkey.  This is a day to gather with family and friends and express gratitude for all we have.  So here are 26 things that I am grateful for (not necessarily… Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving

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The End is Near

National Novel Writing Month is almost over, and I am on the home stretch of the first draft of my book, City of the Giants.  It’s been a crazy, wonderful, amazing month of writing.  I love the creative flow that happens when I can just write.  So far, I’ve got 68,594 words (266 pages) which… Continue reading The End is Near

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Dr. Who

My daughter told me about this wild BBC show called Dr. Who, which has been airing since 1963 and has become the longest running and most successful Sci-Fi TV series ever.  So, one night we sat down and watched an episode.  We were hooked. Some of the aliens are pretty funky, but I like the… Continue reading Dr. Who

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The Friendly Giant

When I was leaving the elementary school today after tutoring, a group of kids burst out of one of the portable classrooms and ran down the sidewalk.  They were all carrying recorders.  Some were playing snatches of Carol of the Bells.  They were all excited, chattering, jumping over the cracks in the sidewalk, and just… Continue reading The Friendly Giant

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Storytelling

This morning I was on a panel of judges at the Storytelling Festival at the local elementary school.  We sat at the back and listened as the top storytellers from the school presented their memorized story or poem to the rest of the students.  I was so impressed by these children.  They spoke clearly, with… Continue reading Storytelling

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In Remembrance

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, our local elementary school children gathered outside while veterans conducted a short ceremony to honor those who served in the armed forces.  The children put their hands over their hearts and watched in silence as the color guard raised the flag, and then… Continue reading In Remembrance

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Ender’s Game

NaNoWriMo Update:  After three days of writing, I’m at 17,567 words.  Yeah, the dishes aren’t getting done, and we had left-overs again for supper, but hey, I’m having such a good time!  I love to write like this, to just create the story non-stop and let it flow from my mind to my fingers to… Continue reading Ender’s Game