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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.

Food will win the war – Campaign on the WWI home front

By Carol / 18 April 2017 / 6 Comments

April 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into the Great War later known as World War I. To mark the anniversary, I’m sharing some information I uncovered as I researched my…

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The "invisible divide" that splinters families and nations

By Carol / 14 November 2013 / 17 Comments

What makes a family? What makes a nation? What holds them together? What tears them apart? My guest today, author Christoph Fischer, explores those ideas in his books, The Three Nations Trilogy. I recently read…

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Five steps to editor ready

By Carol / 17 October 2013 / 14 Comments

The editing, one’s own editing, before the editor sees it, is the most important – Dr. Maya Angelou Maya Angelou‘s quote resonated with me when I first read it. But I didn’t really get her…

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Why do we smile?

By Carol / 05 August 2013 / 16 Comments

Line up for a photo. Someone says, “Say cheese!” Everyone grins. It’s automatic, isn’t it?  But it wasn’t always so. Until 1900,  smiles in photographs were as rare as hen’s teeth. Research into early 20th…

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"Food will win the war" – Women & WWI

By Carol / 18 June 2013 / 4 Comments

My novel set during WWI has had me digging into how the war affected Americans in their everyday lives. A popular women’s magazine of the era, Ladies Home Journal showed that even before the United…

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How do you see the differences in writing fiction & memoir?

By Carol / 28 May 2013 / 32 Comments

Since I’ve written memoirs and am close to completing my first novel, when the question of differences in writing fiction and memoir came to me in response to a blog post, you’d have thought I’d…

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What seeds have you planted?

By Carol / 20 May 2013 / 8 Comments

Sweeps of purple hyacinths. Multitudes of candy apple red, neon yellow, and peppermint stripped tulips. Majestic blue and white flag irises. A host of golden daffodils. Like magic, every spring my garden fills with this…

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How to spend waiting time? A Robin & Writing Update

By Carol / 04 May 2013 / 7 Comments

Waiting can be so difficult. That whole “watched pot” thing. Whether it’s 30 seconds to heat up the coffee in the microwave or 2 weeks for eggs to hatch – time just passes so slowly…

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History wrapped in a gripping story – Author David Lawlor

By Carol / 02 May 2013 / 1 Comment

I’m pleased to welcome Irish author David Lawlor to my blog today. For anyone with an interest in historical fiction, WWI, and action/adventure stories, this will be a treat.  Lawlor’s just-released novel THE GOLDEN GRAVE…

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The value of a fresh look at writing? Priceless

By Carol / 08 April 2013 / 21 Comments

A fresh read of a manuscript points out all kinds of problems: flat characters, scenes that though beautifully written go nowhere, leaps in logic that were clear to me in the writing but not to…

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