Into the new year

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Happy new year, Write Edge readers! May 2019 be full of happy, healthy moments for all of you. For my writing friends, may it be full of well-rounded characters, plots with depth, and lots of publishing successes!

It’s the start of the week, which means our motivational quote. This one can apply to non-writing-related goals as well as those that require imaginary friends. :> Regardless of what dream you’re pursuing, remember to do it full-heartedly.

“Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”— Sarah Ban Breathnach, author, philanthropist

I’ve also posted my first short story of the year. A writing discussion question led me to realize that I often write from a female protagonist’s point of view. I don’t know if I’ll be successful writing from a male protagonist’s POV, but I’d like to try it more often if nothing else to strengthen my writing skills. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s short story:

The movies don’t talk about what happens after the credits are done. When the house lights come up and you have to look the prisoner in the eye. Deal with the reality of that person’s crime.

My name’s Mike. I haven’t spoken to my father in 17 years. He was sent to prison when I was 5.

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

In the middle of the week, I’ll have a brand new book review to share with you. Tomorrow is the release date of An Anonymous Girl by co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. They hit the bestseller lists with their previous collaboration The Wife Between Us. Come back on Wednesday to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I thought about their latest novel!

Then, at the end of the week, we go back to some fun parenting adventures. My girls are growing up big and fast, and they’re getting smarter (and funnier) by the day. Check out some of their latest quips this Friday on Growth Chart!

It’s the start of a new week and a new year, readers. Make it a good one!

E.R.G.

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Happy new year’s eve!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! As we close out 2018, I wanted to offer you a wish or two. This has been a year full of tumult for many, on many different levels and for a variety of reasons. In these times of chaos, it’s imperative that we hold fast to our dreams. When life, or world, events knock you down, gather some of the rubble and use it to build the foundation for your aspirations. Even the most sincere dreams require work, as we’re reminded in this week’s motivational quote:

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”–Charles Dickens

It’s the last Monday of the month, so I’m sharing a few pieces that caught my eye. Achieving our goals truly is a group effort, and I believe in supporting the writing community. It makes sense, then, that I turn the focus to them. This month’s picks are a little tart, a little sweet, but definitely enjoyable for consumption. Find them now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to spend time with family, but I’ll return next Monday with more stories, more book reviews, and more parenting adventures for 2019. Thank you so much, readers, for sticking with The Write Edge and its ancillary blogs.

I wish you a joyful, healthy new year.

E.R.G.

Book review up!

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Hello again, Write Edge readers! I’ve got this week’s book review for you. Here’s the opening to my post on Warning Light by David Ricciardi:

A CIA analyst finds himself in a conflict in the Middle East during a mission. As he does his best to dodge those with malicious intentions, he will have to draw on his instincts and his skills if he wants to get home safe and sound. Debut author David Ricciardi takes readers on a wild and implausible ride in the crazy spy thriller Warning Light.

Read the whole review now on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

Have a wonderful week, readers!

E.R.G.