Category Archive: For Thought

Dec 16 2016

#deja2016vu MY DEJA VU BLOGFEST 2016

Aug 31 2016

Fascinate an Author

I found a post about branding yourself and your business. Being a brand and business (as all authors are now), I was interested. It strongly suggests taking a quiz. : This brand perception test measures how others see you at your best. It has given me insight into my clients and the nuances that …

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May 03 2016

Compliments and Endorsements

It’s important to hang on to the nice words people say/ type about you. It’s extra special when the people don’t know that it’s you. I’m going to toot my own horn. I encourage you to do the same! Here are some wonderful words that were recently posted about my writing by people who DON’T …

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Mar 08 2016

HOW TO make a link clickable in Rafflecopter

It seems self-explanatory to many of us. But, based on how many Rafflecopter giveaways I’ve seen with improper links, it needed further explaining. I usually put the link in both locations, in case someone has difficulty clicking a link. These are square brackets “[” and “]”. These are parentheses “(” and “)”. You put words …

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Jan 24 2016

690 words of Flash Fiction

I entered a story over at Operation Awesome’s Flash Fiction contest. It’s 690 words long. Check it out! Mint Heaven Chip By J Lenni Dorner @JLenniDorner In the end, memories are all we have. Memories are all we might take beyond our graves. It was the end of our summer trip, thirty years ago, when …

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Aug 19 2015

#boutofbooks 14 MASH #bookreview #writetip and #query update with thanks to @NaomiLHughes

QUERY UPDATE! Thanks to Naomi Hughes @NaomiLHughes, I have a new and (fingers crossed) awesome query letter. Here’s the main part: Thoughts? DAY 3 Here’s my MASH for the Rocky Top Real Talk #boutofbooks challenge. I looked for an online version of the game. Sadly, the categories were not customizable. (If someone finds one that …

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Jul 17 2015

Will Indie Authors save Barnes and Noble

The always insightful Kristen Lamb wrote a post about Barnes and Noble, which you can find here: This was my comment, packed full of my ideas: It would be a shame if B&N shut down. I’m one of those strange people who still likes to go to an actual bookstore. Obviously embracing the Indie …

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Jan 27 2015

Using #writetip and #querytip to Express Myself plus a Book Review of Write Good or Die by Scott Nicholson

  This will be split into three parts. The first will include a review of a book I finished reading on Jan 11. The second part will include tips from the Fellowship of Fantasy Writers tour. And the third will be tips from me. I’ve done this post using images so that you can PIN …

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Jan 01 2015

Happy New Year 2015 with three Fortunes for Writers

All three of these fortunes can be applies to writers. The books that make it are the ones that dare to be different in some way, even though they’re the same basic “person versus” initial concept as every other story every told. It’s the DIFFERENT that matters. The fire of enthusiasm is the only way …

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Oct 05 2014

Seven Ways to Give Back to the Writing Community and My Apology to #writeclub2014

  A list of seven of something- brought to you on Sunday. What can you add?   Ways to give back to the writing community   Support libraries and Friends of the Library groups Participate in Twitter hashtags like #WW #WriterWednesday #WriteClub #WriteChat #amwriting #writing #writetip #writer Buy from independent bookshops when possible,  especially during author …

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Sep 08 2014

Sunflowers for Tina #LifeisGood #AtoZChallenge

  A sunflower mug– to toast Tina one last time. A sunflower cookie cutter– to preserve the sweetness. A sunflower towel– to soak up tears. And a sunflower to plant– to keep the memory alive.      My thanks to Tina for her comments when she visited this blog: #AtoZchallenge Win and Coming Soon — Also do not …

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Jul 07 2014

Descriptive Writing Challenge – Bring On the Nouns and Verbs

Leave your attempts, or links to your attempts, in the comments! 

May 02 2014

Inspirational Writing Motivation Quote on a Coffee Cup

inspirational writing motivation on a coffee cup

Apr 27 2014

Update – just need WordPress CSV plugin to re associate tags yet!

Down to the FINAL issue for this blog migration! All I still need is to find out how to take the tags that were associated with my posts in QBC and re assocate them in WordPress. None of the CSV plugins have been able to open the file QBC gave me yet. Anyone out there …

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Apr 27 2014

I Can Tie My Shoes and Wipe My Own Butt

I know enough to know what it is that I do not yet know. If there is information that I need, I will search for it. Only when I have exhausted all searching methods will I ask for help from support or in the forums. I probably shouldn’t ask computer-related questions in forums. The answers, …

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Apr 20 2014

Easter Essays

Here are the links to the Easter Essays written from the point of view of the Existence series characters, Xavier and Gwendolyn. I hope you enjoy them. (Each image opens a new tab, for your convenience.)  

Mar 27 2014

Geography for the win

The post at Operation Awesome made me think of a conversation from 15 years ago.   Coworker: “Hey, where’s the Portuguese guy?” Me: “Who?” Coworker: “You know, the Portuguese guy. Juan or Carlo or something. The one who’s always talking real fast in that accent no one but you gets.” Me: “Pedro? I haven’t seen …

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Nov 21 2013


I am still around. I haven’t had time for the gaming experiment. Life has thrown extra tension in my real scenes– doesn’t it know that the only tension I wanted was in my writing? My hours not spent dealing with the unexpected are all devoted to writing the story. I try to check in with …

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Nov 05 2013

Marketing or writing prompt

How would you sell smartphones to a large percent of middle-class American men in the year 1802? (And no, you can’t greet people with the word “hello” at that time, because it hadn’t come about yet.) There would be obvious limitations to the device itself. There were no towers because there were no mobile networks, …

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