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Everyone’s Worried About Money and That’s Ok


I love how she explains about focusing on more important things.

Originally posted on Do I Look Sick?:

This is really more of a passing thought than a real blog post, but it’s something I feel like putting out there because I think a lot of people need to hear it.

When I was still in college, I began fantasizing about having kids. This was before I knew I’d be facing off with infertility of course. At that time, my biggest worry was over money and resources. We were living in an apartment. Could we afford a house and, subsequently, a baby?

Like many in my generation, when I feel hopeless and need answers, I

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Do you ever forget to breathe?


I loved this! I’ll definitely have to have one of my book characters say the same thing. Breathing is supposed to be automatic and not something you think about, but I have to agree with Peter–there have been a few times when I felt like I was holding my breath.

Originally posted on Life Unscripted:


Breathing is good. I’m told I should do it at least once or twice an hour! :-)

IN September when I went to visit the cardiologist for the first time he asked if I’m ever short of breathe.  And when I’m doing things that has not been a problem.

But I have always been able to block out distractions and focus on whatever was only mind at the time and I have realized since talking with the Cardiologist that sometimes I’m too busy to breathe.

Do you know what I mean?  I’m so caught up in what I’m thinking that I don’t think to breathe and then I kind of have to take a couple big ‘uns to get caught up.

The fact of the matter is, there are times, and things, that ARE more interesting than JUST breathing.  But you can’t get away without breathing just because you find…

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Essential writing skills: understanding points of view and other novel-writing puzzles


I write mainly from the hero’s POV, but will have short sections with another character’s POV, such as the villain’s.

Originally posted on M J Wright:

The other week someone asked me how many points of view it’s possible to have in a novel. It’s a tricky question. The best answer – certainly for novice or learning novelists – is ‘one’. That’s the simplest.

Wright_Typewriter2It’s simplest because the author is dealing with but one major character arc, and a single point of view can be handled from various writing angles – first person singular (‘I’), as if the novel was a personal narrative. The reader only gets to see what the narrator sees. It’s closely related to ‘third person singular’ – which is the same as first person, but where the author steps back and refers to the lead character as ‘he’ or ‘she’.  But they don’t reveal anything that anybody else sees.

Both angles offer differing advantages, depending on what the author has in mind. With first person singular, for instance, it’s possible to play…

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What if I fall?


Quitting should never be an option.

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:


“What if I fall?” 
“Oh my darling, what if you fly?”

Do you ever ask yourself if you like the person you are? If you are who you’ve always wanted to be? Do you know who you want to be?

To be honest, it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that I realized who I really wanted to be. I want to be that guy who tells people they can fly. I want to see the magic they have stored up in their hearts for so long. And I want to make them see it, I want to make them use it. Because, truth be told, falling is just another way to fly.

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Essential writing skills: giving your style eyebrows


I love that term “eyebrows”– a unique way of looking at writing. It fits quite well when you think of all the different positions you can get your eyebrows into.

Originally posted on M J Wright:

One of my favourite composers, Frank Zappa, used to refer to the interesting add-ons in his music as ‘eyebrows’. The unexpected bits that make you sit up and listen.

A picture I took in 2008 of a Katherine Mansfield quote on the Wellington writers' walk.

A picture I took in 2008 of a Katherine Mansfield quote on the Wellington writers’ walk.

It’s true for writers too. I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s well worth repeating. When you style your work, eyebrows are important. That doesn’t mean adding a writing gimmick (yes, Franz Kafka, I’m talking about YOU and your woeful dereliction of commas) but it does mean keeping the content interesting. Making it spark.

That spark flows from both the style, the content and the intent of your writing. But today I’m going to focus just on the stylistic part. My three key guidelines are:

1. Vary sentence lengths. A few short staccato sentences followed by a long one often works. Hemingway was a master…

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Unleashed Speaks on To Travel Without a Map


I think this is an excellent review. Calling it a “throwback” is merely noting style and not a bad comment at all. Noting about the cover refers more to the writer’s taste and not his writing. The cover can make or break a book. My cover was excellent and got people to pick up the book; it was the print size that killed it.

Originally posted on The Review Board:

totravelwithoutamapTo Travel Without a Map
K.A. Brace

Genre: Poetry

Greetings everyone!  The Review Board here to share our thoughts on To Travel Without a Map by K.A. Brace.  Without further delay, the Unleashed One:

Unleashed Speaks

Although I read all types of genres, poetry is my favorite one to read.  It was one of the first ones I was exposed to when I was young, and as an author, I’ve written poetry since I was eleven years old.  Therefore, when I talk about To Travel Without a Map, it comes from the perspective not only as a person who writes in this genre but a reader who adores this genre.

To Travel without a Map represents a throwback to style and structure in the way of stanza formation, rhythm, and cadence.  Each poem in this collection has a consistent thrum designed to generate enlightenment and understanding involving elements…

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Names and useful information are hard to remember now. Faces and trivial junk I can recall. Not much help when I run into someone and can’t think of their name.

Originally posted on A DEVOTED LIFE:

“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4:29-30

What is the function of a conjunction?

Volumes surround me; books standing in perpetual attention upon my shelves, clothed in dusty neglect. Familiar titles call out to me:

Process Geomorphology
Organic Chemistry
Applied Numerical Methods
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting

The intellect of generations and genius are contained within these tombs of knowledge. I once communed among their concepts. I excavated their principles and deciphered their puzzles. I cursed the forced regurgitation of their laws and theories, consumed in short bursts of intellectual gluttony. Yet, I proved to be competent as an educated man.

I have the diplomas to prove it.

However, each…

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