Teens Need Help

A friend suggested I look up "The Crying Chair" online. I wondered what it could possibly be about. My curiosity was definitely piqued. I am a die-hard Baptist, King James only (not New King James, but the Authorized King James as translated in 1611 by King James I of England. It's not that I'm a [...]

A Favorite Author: Francine Rivers

The first book I ever read by her was "Redeeming Love." My friend and mentor, Arline Chase recommended the book to me. I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the first page to the last. Since then (back in the 90's) I have read almost every book she has written. Francine Rivers weaves [...]

Notes from a small dog – Trying times

Love reading the dog’s point of view, but I have to comment on the top photo of the white-bellied tabby cat. I used to have a cat that looked almost identical, except my Eskimo had a smaller mask on her face and she was thinner (spent her nights catching mice outdoors to impress me). Alas, I had to have her put down when she was but a year old–over twenty years ago. Still hurts. Reblogged from https://scvincent.com

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

It’s been a while, what with one thing and another. First she blew up the computer, then the interwebby thing stopped working… and now, well… I can’t keep track of her. She’s in and out like a yo-yo.

You wouldn’t believe what she gets up to either! She seems to forget that being a dog, I have a Nose. I am a specialist detector. You two-legses think you are pretty good at smelling stuff out, but you really can’t beat a dog. Those receptor thingys in our noses? We have fifty times more of them than you…and they count ’em in millions! And, ‘pparently, the bit of our brain stuff that works them is forty times as big as yours. We can make a pretty accurate picture of what you’ve been up to, you know. So if she thinks she can fool me, she’s very much mistaken. I know she’s…

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Moved to Tears

This is a great post about the fact that real men do cry. I am married to one. The last time I cried over something that really moved me was in church this last Sunday when someone sang “His Hand Reached Farther Down Than I Could Reach Up.” Of course it was about how Jesus (the Divine) chose to take my punishment for sin so I could go free. He didn’t have to. Scripture says He could have called legions of angels to deliver Him from that awful torture and punishment. But He didn’t. He took my place on the cross. He paid a debt He didn’t owe for a wretch like me. He reached down into the pit of my selfish, self-centered, self-loathing soul, and changed my life completely. I’ve never been sorry. But there are some songs I can’t hear or sing without weeping because I know what it cost my dear Savior, and I know I could never deserve His sacrifice. I gratefully and humbly accept His free gift of salvation. Reblogged from https://mdellert.wordpress.com


I don’t know about you, but after the last few months, exploring the business end of fiction, I’m about ready for a break. For the next few weeks, I’m going to write about anything but business…

Real Men Don’t Cry…

I was raised in a Catholic Irish-Italian-German household. Men watched football on Sunday, drank beer, sometimes smoked, and never ever ever cried. To this day, nearly 50 years on, I’ve never seen my father shed a tear.

I consider myself as “real” a man as any (given that gender roles are learned and entirely arbitrary).

  • I enjoy the occasional game of football when I don’t have anything better to do, and even broke my arm playing a pick-up game in the neighborhood when I was a kid. I’m looking forward to the upcoming NFL season. (Go Giants!)
  • I was a smoker for many years.
  • I’ve been known to enjoy a…

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#Motownwriters: Book Marketing Questions to Help You Sell More Books

I am so amazed at all of the helpful information on marketing that is out there. Book Marketing Questions to Help You Sell More Booksis reblogged from https://motownwriters.wordpress.com.

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

If your book isn’t selling what you hoped, you can use these questions as a checklist to determine whether you’ve done everything possible to help it reach the right readers.

bookmarketingchecklist2Of course, you don’t have to do everything on this list, but choosing elements from each section will help your book stand out from the crowded market. If you want to fill it in, you can download it by clicking the links below. 

Marketing Checklist PDF

Marketing Checklist Word doc 

This is an excerpt from How to Market a Book Third Edition by Joanna Penn, available in ebook, print and audiobook.


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#amwriting: genitives and possessives: who’s, whose, its, it’s

Well, now that’s cleared up. Thank you so much for this post. Though I seldom struggle with this issue, it does occasionally pop up, and I have read many books that had these used incorrectly. Reblogged from https://conniejjasperson.com

Life in the Realm of Fantasy

A casual remark in the comments on Monday’s post on two commonly misused pronouns, ‘that’ and ‘which,’ brought up this subject–the proper use of possessives and genitives. On the surface, it seems simple, but it can be complicated, so we are going to revisit a post from 2016 on this subject.

Most people understand that apostrophes can denote possession (and I’m not talking demonic here), or they can indicate a contraction.

Things to remember:

  1. Who’s is the contraction of “who is” or, less commonly, “who has.”
  2. Whose is the possessive of “who” or, somewhat controversially, “which.”
  3. Their(s) is the possessive of “they.” (They’re proud to own it, it’s theirs, and it’s not there.)
  4. Its is the possessive of “it,” and “it’s” is a contraction of it is. Note that for both they and it, there is no apostrophe in the possessive form. We will get…

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