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Monday Meeting ~~ On A Tuesday! ~~ September 29, 2015

I’m running late…late…late! So without further ado, let’s get this meeting started.

 

Monday Meeting

 

Good morning, afternoon, evening people. I do hope your week is going well. Mine as you can tell is going fast! As I am late with my Monday Meeting. I’ve been one busy lady lately. Busy with what you ask? Well, even if you didn’t ask, I’m going to tell you. Ha!

I told you last Monday that my mother (who lives in Wisconsin) made the request that she wanted a sweatshirt with the Canadian maple leaf and she wanted it to say Canada on it. Now that should have been an easy find, after all, I live in Canada! I’m close to the border, so we get a lot of Americans here, easy peasy, right? WRONG!

I ran all over town and do you think I could find a medium sweatshirt with ‘Canada’ on it with a maple leaf? Nope…not a one in sight. Now, my 86-year-old mother doesn’t need clothes. She is what I call a clothes hog. She lives alone in a three-bedroom house, all the bedrooms have closets…big closets. Do you want to guess what’s in those closets? Clothes, you answer rolling your eyes at my naivety. You would be right, of course, well not at my naivety, so keep those eyes steady will ya, but at the word ‘clothes’. They are full of clothes. My mother’s clothes. All the closets. Every. Single. One. Stuffed full.

They are so full that my mother culls them out a couple of times a year and gives what she doesn’t want anymore to her grandkids. And her granddaughters love wearing Grandma’s clothes! Now see, right there it tells you my mother has good taste in clothes. How many girls want to wear their grandmother’s clothes? Anyway, I digress.

Mom doesn’t ask much from me. Hardly anything in all the years I’ve been gone. So when she put in the request for a sweatshirt I was more than happy to take on the task. Foolish me. Let me give you a rundown on how my last five days has gone.

Day One…I talk to Mom on the phone, she puts in a request for a sweatshirt. No problem. Easy enough done. I talk to the husband and even he thinks it won’t be a big deal. We plan to go the next day. So I carry on with my innocent self, doing my edits on A Case of Deceit. Don’t even think about it much anymore.

Day Two…Still innocent and trusting I get up, have my cups of coffee and off the husband and I go for a little trip into town. First stop, Walmart….look in both women’s and men’s clothing. No Canada sweatshirt. Ok, no problem. We go to a place called ‘Hoodies’ who specialize in hoodies (duh!) T-shirts and sweats. I knew it would probably be expensive, but hey, Mom is worth it and she’s paying for it anyway. Oh yeah, they were expensive but….no ‘Canada’ sweatshirt. The lady sends us to the mall, maybe Sears has one. I hate the mall. Haven’t been to one in more than five years. Don’t want to go…..but….Mom……so I go. Hubby stays in the car, smart man. He can’t walk the mall anyway, too painful. So off I go…a little less innocent, but not jaded….yet.

I search Sears to no avail. I ask in the Women’s department. No Canada sweatshirt. They show me a few, but mom wouldn’t like them. More geared to the teenage crowd. Not for my elderly mother. So I decide to go into the dreaded mall. My eyes darting here and there like a frightened deer. It wasn’t very crowded being the middle of the week. Ok, I can handle this. I find a map of the place. Hm, lots of womenswear, but nothing I really want to venture into. Not even for Mom. Maybe they have a shop for things like I wanted. Hey, I don’t know. I don’t shop, much less shop at the mall. Plus, I’m getting tired.

I’m in the middle of the mall. I’m tired and thirsty and looking for my way out. The mall has kiosks set up throughout. I see one with a handsome young man manning it. He’s dressed like most young men, stylish yet comfortable. He’s in the mall every day, he must know what’s in it. Plus….did I tell you he was handsome? Oh yes, he was. Dark brown hair with eyes to match and a nicely trimmed beard. He also had a smile that lit up his face and eyes that twinkled. Or maybe he thought I was going to buy something. I didn’t care. I wanted to stop and say hi….so I did. Eh, hubby was in the parking lot. I was free….and easy apparently.

So I say ‘hi!’ and ask him if he knew of anyplace in town that sold sweatshirts that said ‘Canada’ on them. His brown eyes get serious and I can see he’s really giving it some deep thoughts. You would have thought I asked him about the world’s politics he gave it such serious thought. He was a nice young man being nice to an old lady that was harboring some nice thoughts of her own. Hey, I’m old, not dead. Anyway, he smiles his megawatt smile at me and says….’Try the Dollar Store! That’s where I go when I want something with ‘Canada’ on it!’

I thank him and tell him I would never have thought of that and take my leave. I find my way out of the hated mall and tell the husband to take me home. I’ve had enough for one day.

Day Three….I get on the internet and try to find the sweatshirt from hell. I find all sorts at Amazon.ca. Aha! If I can’t find one in town, I will just order her one from Amazon. That’s not cheating is it? No….well ok, maybe. I don’t have to tell Mom do I? I feel my aching legs from yesterday’s excursion and sigh. I do more edits on my story and try to forget about shopping for a while.

Day Four….My stepson tells the hubby (after hubby told him all about our shopping experience, minus the handsome young man, because, well I didn’t tell the husband about him) that he will take the husband to a store that he assures us will have the sweatshirt. Yay! One more day of no shopping for me! So I send the husband off with the son and wish them well (besides, lately the husband doesn’t want to do anything, so I take this as a good sign). I stay home and do housework and more edits. Hm, maybe I didn’t get the better end of the deal…..

The husband comes home empty-handed. No sweatshirt. Dammit. So we make plans to go to one more place the next day that I had thought about while he was gone. Yes, I had a revelation! If this place didn’t have what I wanted, Amazon was going to be visited by the bad daughter and an order would be put forth. Hell is where I was going……..sorry Mom.

Day Five….We get up, have my much-needed coffee and set forth on the quest of the damn sweatshirt. My revelation from the day before? The Tourist Information building! They have a gift store inside, they have got to have all sorts of things that say Canada on them! My legs still ache from day one, so I’m walking slower and going up steps are a bitch….but off we go. It’s on the other side of town. Of course it is. We’ve never been to it because we live here. So, no reason to go.

I grit my teeth and we finally find the place. I’m praying to the tourist gods that they have what I need. We walk inside and are greeted by the nice older man and my eye spots racks of…..shirts! T-shirts! Hoodies! Sweatshirts! They all say Canada on them! YES!!! Paydirt!! I make a beeline over to the racks and I can feel myself becoming something I never thought I would be in this lifetime…..a shopper! I’ve gone over to the Darkside…….

If my legs hadn’t hurt so much, I would have danced a jig….please, no pictures……

I find a couple of shirts I know my mom will like. One even has bling on it! She loves bling……It’s a black zippered sweater/sweatshirt with pink rhinestones that spell out ‘Canada’. Perfect! I also find a shirt that says ‘Lethbridge, Canada’ (where I live). So another score! It has a maple leaf on it too. The husband decides to buy my mother a maple syrup sucker in the shape of a….maple leaf! Hey, I add it to the shirts, she’ll get a kick out of it.

I pay for our purchases and walk out a daughter champion. Guess I’m not going to hell after all. At least not for ordering the shirts from Amazon. But…..maybe for the thoughts about the handsome young man………….ah……it would be worth it!

 

 

 

So hell will have to do without me for a while longer….How’s your week going?

 

 

 

 

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Monday Meeting ~~ September 21, 2015

Monday Meeting

 

Good Monday everyone! I do hope your weekend was a good one. Let’s get this meeting started.

Come on in. Find what you want to drink on the side table, also there are lots of things to munch on. Come, sit, relax and I’ll tell you about my week and then you can tell me about yours.

I haven’t been doing a lot this past week. More edits on A Case of Deceit. I’m almost done with the first major edits. Whooohooo! Then comes the fine tuning and time for my beta readers. So if you want to be a beta reader, please do let me know.

I am so looking forward to starting work on the next book in the DeeDee Watson, PI series. It’s going to be a fun time had by all. Well except the dead person, but I don’t want to give too much away. 😉

Fall has arrived early in my corner of Canada. The neighbor’s huge tree is turning colors already, at least a month too soon. I do hope this doesn’t mean a long hard winter. I might have to take a picture of it. The wind here as been awful! Blowing day and night. You’d think we live in a wind tunnel.

I learned a scary lesson the other day. I brought up Word to start my edits for the day and the program said the folder no longer existed! It said that I had deleted it! Now, I know I didn’t delete it. I am very conscientious about saving my work. Also, Word saves the work automatically. So I couldn’t figure out how it got deleted! All my edits…gone! Weeks worth. But, then I remember that I have Dropbox and I had set that up to automatically save my work in Word too. So my fingers flew to Dropbox and found the folder! All was not lost.

But…I usually save my books on a flash drive too and this time I had not done that. No more being lazy! Every day after edits are done I now save it in Dropbox AND on a  flash drive. Whew, I am NOT going to lose weeks of hard work because I was too lazy to save it in several places. I got my hand slapped good and proper. Lesson learned.

On the husband front…he now has an appointment with a therapist for Wednesday of this week. So that’s a good thing. The man who came out to the house to evaluate the husband will sit in on the first appointment to help the husband get comfortable with it. I am not going to the therapist with him unless they specifically want me there. I told the husband I want him to feel comfortable with saying anything he wants to the therapist, so I thought it was best I didn’t attend. I do hope he will get some more help with his depression. Maybe the pressure on me will ease a bit too.

I had a pleasant surprise last week also when I called my mother. She told me she wants a sweatshirt that says ‘Canada’ on it…from Canada. So now I am on the hunt for a sweatshirt! I have no idea why she insists she needs one from here, but if it makes her happy, then I will do my best to find one. Somehow I don’t think it will be too daunting a task. 😉 Especially since she is sending me the money for it. She is too funny sometimes. She told me her dialysis doctor told her she is too skinny and she needs to put on some weight. So she said she bought herself some ice cream for the first time in ages. Enjoy yourself Mom! You’re only 86 years young once in your life is what I told her.

Other than my dog Sam catching another mouse, things have been quiet around here. Oh yes, I have two cats. Big cats! But they are a bit on the lazy side. The biggest cat caught the mouse first, then promptly let it go in the living room. This was before I got up the other morning. So it was up to Sam to catch the darn thing for me! Which he did. That little dog is fast! He doesn’t let up either. It took a couple of hours, but he caught it and killed it. I disposed of it. Ugh. Welcome, Autumn to my side of the world! We live in the country, so every fall we have the mice issue. They don’t last long in the house.

That’s about it for me, pretty boring week actually. But that’s ok too, as I don’t like drama. Except in books….. 😉

 

How have you been doing? Anything exciting happening?

 

 

 

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Monday Meeting ~~ Sept. 14, 2015

Good morning people!

I do hope everyone’s weekend was a good one. I know mine was. So let’s get this meeting started.

Monday Meeting

 

As everyone probably knows by now, Saturday was my birthday. It was a glorious day all thanks to you nice people. So I want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you that stopped by to wish me a happy birthday and for those of you who downloaded a free copy of The Canine Caper. Today the book goes back to the original price.

Over the weekend, you guys made it possible for me to move up the ranks on Amazon short stories to number two in their mystery-thriller category! I was never so shocked and pleased all at the same time! I even took a screenshot to show you. Here it is again because this morning I was back up to number two after falling down the ranks yesterday. Whoohoooo! Thank you again!

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That was the best present I could have gotten. 🙂 It didn’t stop there! A few people mentioned me in their blogs, (thank you Frank and Marlene!) It made my day perfect!

Here at home the weather cooperated and it was warm and sunny. I even treated myself to an extra-large cup of Tim Horton’s coffee! Now that was good. I didn’t get a picture of it, but I did manage to remember to get a picture of my birthday cake! Yes, I had birthday cake too! Well, kind of….

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It really was just a small chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting. Oh, my it was so good though! I had it with my coffee! Nom nom nom…

One more picture and then I’m done showing off (ha!). It’s me holding my proof copy A Case of Deceit! It came in the mail a couple of weeks ago, but Saturday I finally got brave enough to show a picture of me holding it in my hot little hands. So pay no attention to the tired old woman behind the book…take a look at that awesome cover Tiny did for me! The insides of the book still need work, but I got it for the cover anyway. Doesn’t it look great?

 

 

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I would have to say it was the best birthday I’ve ever had. Even my mother wished me a happy birthday on the phone and she never does that! Well, ok, maybe never is a strong word, but it’s been a lot of years since she has. She usually forgets. 😉

Even with all the excitement, I did manage to do more edits on the Deceit book, so it wasn’t all play. I’m going to start asking for beta readers now. I should have it ready for them the end of this week. So, if you are interested in being a beta reader for the Deceit book, let me know ASAP! I will send you a doc or pdf version for you to read. You don’t have to worry about grammar or spelling issues (unless it slaps you along side the head!). I’m looking for plot holes, inconsistencies within the story, things like that.

What do you get for being my beta reader? Besides my undying gratitude, you will receive a free copy of the book either in e-book or paperback form when it’s out. I’ll even try to autograph it for you if you wish! You also get a big old virtual hug from yours truly! What more could a person want?

So, enough about me. How has your weekend been? Have another cup or glass of whatever you are drinking and sit a spell. We’ll have a good conversation, good drinks with good friends.

 

 

 

 

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Thank you for Making Me #2! One More Day for Free eBook!

Hello people!

I want to thank all of you wonderful people for helping me make yesterday’s birthday the best one I’ve ever had! You guys are fabulous! I was smiling so much throughout the day my cheeks were sore when I finally went to bed. It was great!

I just wanted to remind everyone that today, The Canine Caper is still free. Today will be the last day for this, tomorrow, Monday, September 14th, it goes back to full price. So if you haven’t gotten your copy get it now while you can! Also, while you’re there you can pre-order the next book in the series, A Case of Deceit, which will go live the end of October.

I also wanted to show you where I stand in the Amazon ratings this morning. I’m #2!!

Yes, you have that correct. Because of you fine people, I am number 2 in the Best Sellers, short stories-30 to 45-minute reads – Mystery-Thriller category! Yeah, me!! I had to take another screen shot to show you. This has been the most wonderful birthday!

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Tomorrow, when I do the Monday Meeting post, I will tell you all about my magical day. Until then, have a wonderful day as I know I will! Thanks again for everyone’s support and partying with me!

YOU GUYS ROCK!

 

 

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It’s My Birthday! Come on In!

Hello people!

I do hope everyone’s weekend is going well. As you can probably tell by my title, today is my birthday! Yay, me! And folks, it’s a big one!

Some of you know how old I am, most don’t. Some guess, most don’t care. That’s ok, too. It’s just another number. Another year of life on this planet, another year of goals met and missed. Another year of highs and lows. So, the big question today is…how old am I? Get ready for it people, because I’m going to tell you! Drum roll, please!!………………….

Wow!
Wow!

 

Yeah, sixty years old. The big 60! More than half a century. Oh my goodness. I don’t feel a day over thirty and that’s the truth. Now, sometimes my body feels twice my age, but my mind, forever young.

A few good friends knew how old I was turning because I would email them and tell them it was a big downer turning so old. I was down about it too. Now? Not so much. Eh, it’s no different from 59 or 58 or even 50. I managed to survive them all. Hell, I’m sometimes still surprised I managed to get this far. 😉

I’ve seen lots of lists going around….30 before I’m 30, 40 things I’ve learned now that I’m 40, and so forth. So I’ve come up with my own list. Oh, goddess, don’t worry, I’m not going to list 60 things! Whew, who has time for that! I’m short cutting it…..

Things I’ve learned in Each Decade

1955- 1965 ~~ I learned how to walk, talk, pee in a toilet, read, write, survive childhood, fear, eat by myself, disappear in a crowd, make friends, keep secrets, hide pain, smoke, dress myself, what a menstrual cycle was, pick my battles with parents, migraines, how strong I was, how weak I was, loss of childhood, anger, how to forgive

1965-1975 ~~ I learned how to put on makeup, appreciate good music, write stories, flirt, drink booze, debate life, ride a horse, ride a bike, do laundry, keep opinions to myself, reason like an adult, manage my paycheck, balance a checkbook, pay bills, grocery shop, how it hurts to lose someone you love to death, appreciating life, losing a friend to a mental illness, unrequited love, to leave home for the first time, forgive someone

1975-1985 ~~ I learned what sex was really like, what a hangover was, living with a lover, living with a husband, being hurt by someone you love, depression, surviving, fear (again), learning about miscarriages, learning I would never have children, how to paint, how to let go of love, how to drive, how to move like an expert,

1985-1995 ~~ I learned what a divorce was, what a stalker was, more fear, true love, awesome sex, letting go of the past, looking forward to the future, fun, laughter, college, my own car, forgiveness, about diabetes, moving home and leaving again, to control my anger, paying off my first car

1995-2005 ~~ I learned what losing a parent was like, moving out of the country, second marriage, friendship, how reconnecting with my mom was great, forgiveness (again), a different kind of love, family is not always what you want it to be,

2005-2015 ~~ I learned true friendship, blogging, diabetes first hand, illness, losing everything for the nth time, surviving, forgiveness (see a pattern here?), love, taking care of myself, writing books, publishing books and making some dreams come true!

I made my dream of being a published author come true before I turned sixty. Now that is an accomplishment to be proud of! Speaking of which….for the weekend (the 12th and 13th) The Canine Caper will be free on Amazon Kindle! Monday morning it goes back to the original price. So if you haven’t bought it yet, get it free today! While you are there, pre-order A Case of Deceit, which will be coming out on Kindle and paperback at the end of October!

 

Thank you for joining my birthday bash! I appreciate every single one of you! Yay!

 

 

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Monday Meeting ~~ Sept 7, 2015

Good day people! Those of you who are celebrating Labor Day, have a great one. Hope you enjoy your day off if you have the day off. Canada also celebrates Labor Day.

Let’s get this meeting started.

Monday Meeting

 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but, September has not started out well. Weather wise. It’s cold! For the last three days, I’ve had my furnace on. We’ve had temps in the low 40’s (between 5-8C) during the day and close to freezing at night. Cold rain and wind does not make tomatoes ripen, let me tell you. Right now the sun is fighting the clouds and it’s a balmy 12C (54F). It’s too early for weather this cool.

So as I sip my hot coffee I let my dissatisfaction with the weather slip away. Ah, coffee makes most things tolerable.

I have some news on the husband front. Tomorrow we have a meeting set up with someone who is (supposedly) going to help us file paperwork with the government to get him some more help, financially and medically. The great thing is this person is coming to the house! They called last week and set up an appointment. As he explained it to us on the phone, the mental health clinic that the husband talked to last month got in touch with this guy from the government. They told him the husband needs to apply to some programs to receive help as his depression is caused partly because we need the help! Well, duh, I could have told them that if they asked.

The nice thing is the husband doesn’t have to take a painful car ride somewhere. He can stay in the comfort of the house and have someone come to him. Should be interesting. Guess that means I should tidy up some, eh? Of course I could tell the guy I’ve decorated early for Halloween. 😉 Cobwebs and all! Ha!

Have I mentioned the allergies? No? Well, my allergies have been going crazy lately! Watering eyes, sniffles, sneezing, hoarseness, itchy ears. My goodness, it’s been bad this time of the year. But, I soldier on….feeling sorry for me yet? Hey, I’m trying! Don’t worry, it’ll pass. So I’ll stop whining about it. For now.

On the book front, I want to thank everyone who has purchased The Canine Caper, you guys are the best! I do hope you enjoyed it. I’m diligently working on the next to final edits for A Case of Deceit. I’m happy to say I’m on target with those. I also got the proof of the paperback version of the cover last week. It looks amazing! Thank you again Tiny for all your hard work.

Something funny happened when the proof came in the mail. The husband watched me open it and then grabbed hold of the book almost before I could get a good look at it. I told him it was just a proof so I could see how the cover looks. The story inside would not be right as I had yet to do the edits. He said he didn’t care, he was going to read it. I almost fell out of my chair! He has NEVER read anything I have written. NEVER! But, he was determined he was going to read this unedited book.

I was so nervous. First, he rarely reads books. He’s more of a newspaper, TV sort of man. He went to reading and barely set the book down all day until he was finished! He shuffled into my office where I was working on the computer, handed me the book and said, “I’m proud of you. It was a great story. It had me interested from the beginning, where I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Your story had me turning the pages until the end.”

I don’t think I have ever felt more proud of myself than when I heard him say that. Now he is an honest man. Believe me he wouldn’t say it if he didn’t mean it. He never hesitates to tell me if I’ve done something wrong. He is also not a book reader by nature. So for him to read it in one day was an accomplishment! He liked it…he really liked it! haha!

Next I have to pass the Mom test, as she has informed me she wants a copy of the book when it’s out. Uh oh….

On a more cheerful note…Saturday is my birthday (the 12th) and don’t forget about my weekend birthday party! I’m not sure what exactly I’ll have going on but I do know I’ll hopefully have The Canine Caper on sale for the weekend. So stop on by sometime during the weekend and get a copy of The Canine Caper if you haven’t already done so!

I have finally put up some buttons on my sidebar with pictures of the books where all you have to do is click on them and they will take you to Amazon where you can order them. I’m slow, but I get there eventually.

That’s about it for this Monday Meeting. Hope to see you this weekend! Until then, have a great day!

 

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My Thoughts on the Writing Process

You notice my title says, ‘My thoughts’, not advice, as I have none. These are just some thoughts that I have swirling in my head as I finish my edits on A Case of Deceit.

When I first starting seriously writing The Canine Caper and getting it ready to publish I made the mistake of reading all the posts I could find on how to write. It really was a mistake, as it scared the crap out of me! It not only scared me, it made me doubt I could write, it made me question if I should write. It also confused the hell out of me.

There was/is so much conflicting advice out there by so-called “experts”. There was advice from authors, publishers, agents, all sorts of people! There was advice from people who only wrote books on how to write! They never wrote an actual novel, or memoir, or autobiography. Just books on how to write…books! See why I was so confused?

An expert by definition is;

ex·pert
ˈekˌspərt/
noun
  1. 1.
    a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
    “experts in child development”
    synonyms: specialist, authority, pundit; More

adjective
  1. 1.
    having or involving authoritative knowledge.
    “he had received expert academic advice”

 

One day in the future I hope to become an expert on writing books. Because I would have lots of books that I have actually written and sold, and not just because I want to give out advice. I want to be able to say…I’m an expert because I have done it so often and whatever I’m doing seems to be working! Right now I’m a novice. Complete newbie. Kind of.

I’ve written 714 posts on this blog alone. I had a blog before this and I have another one for my books. That might make me an expert on blog posts, but not necessarily writing. Just because you have done a lot of something doesn’t mean you’ve done it well, or right. Then that puts another question out there…what IS the right way to write a book? Or is there even a right and  wrong way? I mean, what’s right for one author may not be a suitable fit for another. Have I confused you yet?

I have my own way of writing books. Another author has their way…etc. I don’t think you will find two people who write books the same exact way. There are going to be differences. It just makes sense as no two people are exactly alike. But does that make one person wrong and the other right? No, of course not. They do what works for them, just as I do.

Now I understand that there are certain rules for grammar, spelling, sentence structure and so forth. That to me is totally different from writing a story. A story is made up of sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. There must be some structure guidelines for doing that or it would just be chaos and make no sense whatsoever. I get that part.

It’s the story itself that I’m talking about. The story as a whole. I know that a story should have a beginning, middle and an end. A book should have an interesting beginning, a middle that has some kind of conflict, an end that resolves that conflict to the readers satisfaction. I get that, as I was a reader long before I was a writer.

I have read numerous articles on how to write books that drum that into you. Ok, I get it. They also stress on HOW to do it. You should do A, B, C….the problem is I don’t always do it that way. Sometimes I do C, B, A instead. But, it works for me. These articles made me doubt that I should even be trying to write and that’s sad. There are so many good writers out there that truly have talent and read these ‘rules’ and get scared off. I’ve always been a rule breaker. I like to break rules. It makes life interesting. Some people give up before they even try because the rules scare them so much.

Why are there so many rules for writing!? Who makes up these rules? Where did they first show up? And why do some people think they are set in stone and find fault in others that don’t follow the rules?

My friend Maddie Cochere, after I wrote her and told her I was scared to write anymore because of all these rules I was reading about, told me to stop reading the articles! She was quite firm in that directive too. She was also right. So I stopped. She encouraged me to just keep writing. So I did. I finished two books and have a third in the works. Maddie is one smart woman. I stopped reading those articles and never read another one.

So, maybe I do have one piece of advice for anyone who wants to write a book….

Just sit your butt down and do it! 

And don’t read about all the rules….

 

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PS. Just a reminder that The Canine Caper is for sale on Amazon and A Case of Deceit is available for pre-order.