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And on with the new year!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! Happy January once again. :> It’s a new year, a new start, with new goals in mind. Like everyone else, I have several goals in mind for myself this year. We won’t know until the end, of course, how successful I am, but I like the freshness that this month brings. It holds a lot of promise, and it also offers the suggestion that some of those goals might move to the “accomplished” column by the end of the year. For more on this, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I’ve also posted this week’s short fiction for you. Here’s an excerpt:

Finally Cheryl put the flashlight down; she rocked back on her heels and hugged her knees. She huffed her bangs out of her eyes.

“I knew this was a stupid idea,” she said to the trunk. It didn’t offer any reassuring words in response.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a new book review with you. Find out what I thought about Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp. Come back on Wednesday to read my review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

This Thursday I’ll go back to posting writing prompts for next week’s short story, and on Friday I’ll share special Spurts from our trip to India. You’ll get that brand new Growth Chart at the end of the week!

Have a lovely week, readers!



Christmas is almost here!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! One more week until Christmas — has it started getting cold yet where you are? Back home in Illinois, I’m sure, it’s freezing. At least New Delhi hasn’t dipped into subzero temps (yet, anyway!)

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we’re on a family adventure trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when we get back. In the meantime, I’ve scheduled our regular content for you. The one exception is the motivational quote, which I didn’t get to post, but I do have everything else.

This week’s creative writing is now up for you to enjoy. Here’s an excerpt:

The scruffy looking student—because he absolutely had to be a student, dressed as he was in the faded white t-shirt and ratty jeans with tattered pockets—barely met her gaze with his own. He clearly knew what she needed, though, because even before she could finish her sentence about needing to drop off the return he reached for it, gave her a single jut of the head instead of a nod, and said, “You’re good.”

Read the whole piece now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a new book review with you. This Wednesday I’ll offer my thoughts on The Border by Steve Schafer. Find my thoughts on this new release on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

No writing prompts this Thursday, because next week is Christmas Monday (!!) and that means a gift to all of you — our monthly writers showcase. Be sure to check it out. And make sure to come back on Friday for a special holiday-themed Growth Chart.

Have a lovely week, readers!


The last month of the year!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! Are you enjoying the snow here on the blogs? :> We’ve officially entered the last month of the year, and this one will bring our family adventures like no other.

As the children of immigrants, my sister and I visited our extended family in India several times through the years. When I got married and had kids of my own, life challenges and obligations kept my husband and me from visiting India again. But in the days to come, we’ll board a plane to take our daughters to the land of our cultural heritage for their first time ever.

I’m sure I’ll have plenty of adventures to share when we get back, and I’m certainly curious to know what the kids think of the country where their father and grandparents grew up. For me these trips always caused a lot of reflection, which the best journeys will. Of course, our life passions do that too. In that sense, this week’s motivational quote could be both metaphorical and literal. Check it out now on “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”


I’ve posted my short fiction for this week. It’s my dad’s birthday today — Happy birthday, Dad! — and this story was inspired, in part, by his love for science and technology. For years I’ve watched him work on the devices of the future, and my writer’s brain can’t help but have a little bit of fun with this idea. Here’s an excerpt of the result:

“Residents of Earth,” he said.

All of the humans turned toward him. He had kept his tone calm but allowed for projection of his voice so that he could continue speaking in an amiable way without scaring anyone. The reactions he received varied.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Editor Judy L. Mohr recently published a book of resources for writers, and I got a chance to read it. Find out Wednesday what I thought about her manual Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guide to Protecting Your Platform on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

For these next couple of Thursdays, I’ll be sharing just a single writing prompt for the following week’s short fiction. Also, instead of Growth Spurts I’ll post full-length Charts. Find the first of these special Growth Charts this Friday.

Have a wonderful week, readers, and happy holidays!