As a curious observer of life, I blog on writing, marketing, my prairie - anything that interests me in the moment. I like to have conversations with readers, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment. I'll respond.

Iowa's Indie bookstores – jewels on main street

By Carol / 25 March 2010 / 0 Comments

My love affair with bookstores stepped up a notch this past year when I was assigned to write a feature on Iowas independent bookstores for The Iowanmagazine. Visiting these unique locations and talking with the…

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Writing a place in time

By Carol / 02 March 2010 / 0 Comments

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.  To experience life in a different place and a different time fascinates me. As a writer aspiring to write historical fiction, I read these books with one…

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7 things I've learned

By Carol / 27 January 2010 / 0 Comments

 Reflecting on the past – looking to the future. It’s a January sort of thing. So join me as I think about the 7 Things I’ve Learned in my writing life to date.   1.…

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Picking up the pieces

By Carol / 20 January 2010 / 0 Comments

Yesterday’s hoar frost was followed by freezing rain over night. This morning I’m watching an ice storm wreak havoc outside my window. Limbs are coated with ice. The double whammy of wind and ice is…

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What's your passion?

By Carol / 10 January 2010 / 0 Comments

I admire people who know their passion. People with passion get things done, often against tremendous odds. Just one example: Jonas Salk worked for decades, with passion, to find a vaccine effective against polio. We…

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Loving winter in Iowa

By Carol / 10 January 2010 / 0 Comments

I’ve always admired Minnesotans for how they embrace winter. I admit I waffle on the subject of winter.  I love it. Or not. A couple of years ago, I vowed to go out every day.…

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Listening to the winter quiet

By Carol / 27 December 2009 / 0 Comments

I returned from a pre-dawn walk through three inches of new powder, breathless from the exertion, warm in spite of frigid temperatures, the sound of snow crunching with every step.  The snowplows hadn’t passed yet,…

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The real deal

By Carol / 10 December 2009 / 0 Comments

Nature dumped 15+ inches of snow on Des Moines this week. Fifteen inches of snow followed by winds gusting to 50 miles per hour. Snow swirled in whiteout waves. Drifts mounded up to window ledges.…

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A holiday story

By Carol / 26 November 2009 / 0 Comments

I have always believed that Thanksgiving dinner is simultaneously the easiest and most difficult meal to make. Easiest because there is no wondering what will be on the menu. At least at our house, the…

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Be brave!

By Carol / 16 October 2009 / 0 Comments

Be Brave – And mighty forces will come to your aid. Several years ago, a friend and I had coffee with Barbara Robinette Moss. This would not be so remarkable except that Moss did not…

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