Hiking the Bluffs Near Grants, NM

June 23, 2017 My husband and I drove to El Malpais Conservation Area today. We were driving down the road in our Jeep enroute to the El Malpais National Monument when we saw a snake in the road. Tom got out, found a stick and gently persuaded it to move out of the road so [...]

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A Hundred Tiny Threads by Judith Barrow

I love historical ficiton and this sounds like a page-turner that will keep the reader up until the wee hours, until eyes won’t stay open. Reblogged from https://lindasbookbag.com

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I feel as if I’ve known Judith Barrow, author of A Hundred Tiny Threads, for ever as she has been such a supporter of Linda’s Book Bag since I started blogging. I was thrilled to interview Judith about her Pattern trilogy to which A Hundred Tiny Threads is the prequel. You can read that interview here. Consequently I’m delighted that I have finally been able to read one of Judith’s books and be part of the launch clebrations for A Hundred Tiny Threads with my review today.

A Hundred Tiny Threads was published on 17th August 2017 by Honno Press and is available for purchase here and directly from Honno.

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It’s 1911 and Winifred Duffy is a determined young woman eager for new experiences, for a life beyond the grocer’s shop counter ruled over by her domineering mother.

The scars of Bill Howarth’s…

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Underpants- A Book Review

This sounds like such a cute story. I read some of the sample pages. My grandson might like it, but he’s 13 and it’s not really his genre, though I would rather have him reading this than what he does read. Lol. Reblogged from https://britestfyrefly.wordpress.com

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This is a middle level reader for 3rd grade and up. You can purchase this chapter book HERE.

I loved this book. It is written as the secret spy log of three neighborhood kids trying to solve multiple mysteries. They end up getting into quite a bit of trouble along the way.

This book brought me back to the days of my childhood and the radical adventures my friends and I would send ourselves on. What I really loved was the ease of reading. The author alternates narrators between each member of the spy team, and it is incredibly fun and easy to keep up with.

As an American reader, I found that sometimes I was having to reread some lines to get a better grasp of what was happening or what the narrator meant, but I would 100% encourage my son to read this to expand his knowledge…

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Pitch Wars Update- A Writing About Writing

This is the beginning of launch steps for Dacia’s new book, Apparent Power. I am reblogging this post because she shares the right attitude to have about rejection and hard work. It’s great, and the best one to have if one is going to succeed. Reblogged from https://britestfyrefly.wordpress.com

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“You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.” -Mary Tyler Moore

Earlier this month I submitted my very first novel to PitchWars (HERE) in hopes of snagging a mentor that will help me shape it into the master piece that I see in my mind. Well, I did not get in. Which is fine. I am actually in the majority and did not take it very hard.

The day after submitting my first ten pages for consideration, I attended a writing conference (which I wrote about HERE). I was able to tweak my in person pitch, tighten my query letter, and found some very GLARING problems within the first few pages of my work and even some throughout.

These are VICTORIES for me. They are not setbacks. I knew I had a lot of work to do, but I also know that…

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7 Signs of an Awesome Submission

If you are a writer and want to make your mark in the publishing world, this post by Steven Capps will be a great help to you. Steven, Thank you, first of all for serving our great country, and secondly for this great post. Reblogged from https://stevencapps.com

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Welcome, friends! I’m currently busy time traveling so you should be reading this in the future while I am busy in the backwoods of South Carolina for some military training. I’m sure currently having a grand time dealing with summer in the south and proabably not having a shower. (Actually this is a lie because I forgot to schedule ti and now that I’m back it kind of destroys the joke.) Anyways, back to this weeks post.

I’m still need to do the drawing for the Writers Toolkit so I imagine that will happen tonight. If you haven’t followed the blog or signed up for the newsletter this is your last chance to be entered in this drawing. I’m definitely going to do another giveaway, though  I am thinking of giving away a signed Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson book for the next one. I’ll have more details later.

First…

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The 6 Most Common Writing Mistakes that are Missed When Editing

Things we have forgotten since grammar school. A much needed refresher in the use of some forms of punctuation. Reblogged from https://kobowritinglife.com

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Grammar and punctuation can be tricky subjects to master, even for the most experienced writers and editors. But they can make a huge difference in the impact your writing has and the authority you demand. If you’re highly knowledgeable about a topic, but the grammar is not spot-on, your credibility on the subject can suffer overall. Ensure you aren’t making these common writing mistakes by keeping a close eye out for them while editing.

Incorrect prepositions

Prepositions are those words used to describe the relationship between two words in a sentence, and they often confuse writers and editors. To the untrained eye, these errors may go unnoticed. But for someone with knowledge of their use, they will be picked up on immediately. If you’re unsure about which preposition to use, State of Writing can be an excellent resource to tap for some help.

Incorrect: Mary was…

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Throwback Thursday: 2 Tips for Introducing Your Protagonist

This is a great refresher post about letting the reader get to know the character, not just the physical description, which is secondary. Reblogged from https://ryanlanz.com

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Kathryn

What’s wrong with this picture?

I wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, find my big green eyes crusted with sleep. I brush my beautiful brown hair and check my flawless skin for pimples, but of course I don’t have any, so I don’t need to put on any makeup. Then I walk over to my closet and put on my school uniform shirt and skirt, check my reflection one more time. Then I head down stairs for a delicious, filling breakfast.’

Obviously that paragraph is insipid to the point of hyperbolic, but it’s not like writing like this doesn’t exist.

Remember learning the concept of “show, not tell” back in elementary school?

Yes, it’s still (and always) super relevant.

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