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Weekly writing check-in: getting ready to retreat!

I did a lot of listening this week and made it through the audio for Coffee and Ghosts 2: The Ghost That Got Away.

The narrator, Amy McFadden, has done a fantastic job. I can’t wait for it to make its way through the audio distribution system. This could take a while when you consider that Coffee and Ghosts 1: Must Love Ghosts still isn’t up at Audible.

Otherwise, I’m finishing up a time travel class (writing, not a how-to) and getting ready for my writing retreat at the Iowa Summer Writing Workshop.

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Free Fiction Friday: Magical Creatures!

Enjoy stories with magical creatures? Like werewolves and such? This could be the giveaway for you.

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Free Fiction Friday: Spooks and Ghouls

Check out the six spooky, ghostly books up for grabs as part of Pikko’s House Book Lovers Box. If you need something to keep you turning the (virtual) pages, you can probably find it here.

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30 Fantasy Books and One Free Kindle Fire!

It’s the big fantasy+Kindle giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle Fire and 30 fantasy books to boot. There you go: instant TBR list.

And no, your eyes don’t deceive you. That is a copy of Coffee & Ghosts: The Complete First Season as part of the bundle.



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2012 War Reading Challenge Is….

I’ve been hoping they’d host a WWI reading challenge. Get ready for WWI reading in 2012.

War Through the Generations

***Buttons Are Here!***

In 2012, Anna and I could not pass up the opportunity to delve into WWI, often considered The Great War, which occurred roughly between 1914 to 1918 and started roughly with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary.

The WWI Reading Challenge will be held between Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012.

Books must have WWI as a primary or secondary theme and occur before, during, or after the war.

Here are the reading levels:

  • Dip: Read 1-3 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
  • Wade: Read 4-10 books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.
  • Swim: Read 11 or more books in any genre with WWI as a primary or secondary theme.

We’re waiting on some buttons for the challenge, but you can read all…

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The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month



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Looking for feedback? Like to support a good cause?


Are you a YA writer looking for feedback? Want to help a good cause? Head on over to Cynthea Liu’s web site and auction where’s she’s raising money for a Title I school in her home state of Oklahoma: Tulakes Elementary.

While you’re there, take a gander at Darcy’s page. If you have the high bid, here’s what you’ll win:

One critique of a query letter or the first five-pages of your double-spaced manuscript for a young adult novel. You’ll also get an autographed copy of The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading and candy. Woah.

Candy too? I had no idea. How come Darcy never gives me candy when she critiques my work? I may have to pout.

Seriously, I can vouch for the quality of Darcy’s feedback. Head on over, get some great feedback, and help support a wonderful cause.

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Not so manic Monday

So, I’m off work this week, transfixed by how quiet it is when the kids are not home. Things I’m doing:

  • I’m wondering if it’s possible to melt one’s deltoids, because I’m thinking I totally did that during this morning’s workout.
  • I’m enjoying the simple goodness of the grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.
  • I’m contemplating the possibility of the house cleaning itself if I think really hard about it.
  • I’m currently on page 125 of editing The Fine Art of Holding Your Breath.

Stay tuned for exciting page count updates. Sure to be the highlight of your Thanksgiving weekend.


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What’s your (blog) type?

Yet another fascinating way to waste time since I discovered Wordle. I give you


It analyzes your blog (or really, anyone’s blog) and suggests what personality type you are, or at least what you’re writing personality type is when you blog. How’s that for specific?

Writing Wrongs happens to be The Mechanics:

The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.

The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.

That’s it. I’m giving up writing and racing cars for a living. Or not. Still, this might explain the whole jumping out of airplanes thing.


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Our day at the Renaissance Festival

In pictures!

Ready to have a good knight er, day at the fair. Kyra’s shirt says Recycle My Brother.  The people working the fair found it very amusing.

It’s mandatory that at least one family member eat the giant, smoked turkey leg.

I was going to make some “make no bones about it” joke, but I’ll refrain.

This woman was beautiful. She was playing a flute and giving out “fairy stones” to little girls.

Kyra gets ready for her llama ride. I have no llama jokes.

Andrew makes a new friend.

Then he rides the elephant, who was very friendly.


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