Back on track!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! I’m happy to report that I’m feeling much better. As I told my kids this morning, it’s amazing all you can get accomplished when you aren’t languishing on a sofa, bemoaning your fate at the hands of the flu.

But I digress. :>

I realize I didn’t post last week’s Growth Chart; more on that in a minute. First, though, this week’s motivational quote. In the last year or so, I’ve found myself going out of my way to thank people for little kindnesses. Kindness opens the door to so many other positives, including sharing stories. And what happens when you share your stories?

“I believe one way we learn tolerance, understanding, and acceptance is through story.”—Anna Schmidt, romance author

Tolerance and understanding also applies to the facets of our world that can’t fight back with conventional means but that feel the consequences of actions nevertheless. That takes us to this week’s new short fiction, which, I have to say, freaked me out a little (and I’m the one who wrote it, so, you know. Freaked out twice over. :D) Here’s an excerpt:

Most of the growing happened at night, when we could spread faster and farther than in the day. But much of it happened during the day too. In the beginning, no one even glanced at that old building. Many people in town didn’t even drive as far as this edge of town. So we undulated our way across the grass and up the structure.

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

One of the advantages of being sick (always have to find a bright side, right?) is getting to read a lot. So this week I’ll share a new book review. Find out on Wednesday what I thought about Dead Voices by Katherine Arden by coming back to The Write Edge Bookshelf!

And at the end of the week, you get a bonus: a new Growth Chart and new Insta-pics. Aren’t you all lucky? 😀 See you with all of that on Friday.

Have a great week, readers!



Circling back to my routine…

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Well, I have to say, last week was not fun. Thankfully, I’m working on circling back to my routine this week, albeit slowly. All things happen for a reason; I firmly believe it. So I have to believe that this minor setback in my writing routine has happened for a reason too.

In the meantime, as I said, I’m working on getting back to my routine. That starts with our motivational quote for the week. Anything worth doing, people say, is worth doing well. Sometimes that means several attempts. Even the greatest artists knew this:

“The main thing I try to do is write as clearly as I can. I rewrite a good deal to make it clear.”—E.B. White

Next comes my attempts at writing after not doing so for about 10 days. I don’t know if this is necessarily one of my favorites, but it was reassuring to put my fingers on the keyboard again after so long. Check out an excerpt from this week’s short story:

“This is ridiculous,” her father said aloud, getting to his own feet. “The debt concerns Master Warren and myself. Kia should not be included in this conversation at all.”


“No, Kia,” he said. “The debt is mine. The choices I made to incur it were mine. The repayment will be my responsibility as well.”

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll share two new book reviews with you. The first will be of Bridge to Us by Jeanne Felfe; the second will be of Long Gone by Paul Pilkington. Come back on Wednesday for both new reviews on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Friday it’s back to a brand new post on parenting adventures. Find out what happened with the girls when I got sick. Check it out on Growth Chart at the end of the week.

Have a fantastic week, readers!