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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.

How can writing short stories work for you? Six ways

By Carol / 30 May 2014 / 6 Comments

What’s next for my writing? With my novel Go Away Home set to publish in July, I’ve been thinking more and more about where to turn my writing energy next. Short stories have come up…

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How did transportation open up your world?

By Carol / 21 May 2014 / 2 Comments

As a farm kid, getting my driver’s license was a huge step. Without it, the bus to and from school was my only option. With a license, I could participate in cheer leading, sports, choir,…

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Is there serendipity in my geraniums?

By Carol / 19 May 2014 / 4 Comments

My gardens tend toward shade plants with one exception, a pot that sits on the one consistently sunny point of our deck. That pot is planted with geraniums. Always geraniums. They like sun. They’re easy.…

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Women's Fiction – What message does it send?

By Carol / 01 May 2014 / 10 Comments

Consequences of segmenting the author/book market As a college student in the 1960s, I took a class called “Black Literature.” “Black” being the culturally accepted term of the day for African American. We read works…

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Go Away Home – Book Cover & Release Date

By Carol / 02 April 2014 / 22 Comments

World War One-era historical fiction on track for July launch. It’s been a long journey writing my first novel – somewhere in the four to five-year range – but I’m excited to tell you the…

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Five writing tips from Julia Child

By Carol / 18 February 2014 / 14 Comments

The famous cook’s experiences span the kitchen and publishing Julia Child describes her book My Life in France as autobiographical stories of “the things she loved most in life,” – her husband, France, and the…

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Want to be sure they know what you think?

By Carol / 04 February 2014 / 9 Comments

Write a letter they’ll read after you’re gone. In these days of electronic communication, fewer people put pen to paper. Gone are the days when everything from the mundane to the momentous made its way…

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What to do with 30,000 "excess" kids?

By Carol / 28 January 2014 / 12 Comments

Dealing with homeless children 100 years ago In the 1800s, boatloads of immigrants arrived in U.S. port cities. They came seeking the American dream; the reality they faced was often more a nightmare.  Large families,…

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What did rural life look like in 1910?

By Carol / 13 January 2014 / 8 Comments

Early 20th century photos inspire writing. Whether writing memoir or novel, I’ve found photos a great source of inspiration. Today, almost everyone has the ability to take photos. Digital cameras allow us to take pictures…

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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – 2014

By Carol / 01 January 2014 / 6 Comments

January 1 is a time for resolutions and I just made one I know I’ll have no trouble sticking with throughout the year.  This afternoon, I learned about the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge, and since…

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