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Childhood dreams

Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

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The Blue Muse
Childhood dreams

Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

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MidLifeBloggers
Wanted: The Single Person’s Life

Apr 5, 2015

I was totally taken with this idea of the Single Person's Life, which emerged as a full-blown vision.

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Writing and PR with Melanie
Your place in a literary agents inbox

Your place in a literary agents inbox

Literary agents receive hundreds, if not thousands, of queries per month. Right there -- you're one of ... countless.There's way more to agenting than just finding new manuscripts. Agents have to pitch the manuscript to editors, just like you have to p...

mamawolfe
What Happens When You Focus On Your Words?

Apr 1, 2015

It was a normal Thursday afternoon. I pulled my red Prius into the garage after a long day at school, ready for the weekend. Our car ride chatter was nothing short of normal – with my teenage son, I’ve learned that some days are talking days, and some are best to be left quiet...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Maximizing mental clarity

Maximizing mental clarity

There is a clean, healthy replacement for everything. This is a homemade peanut butter cup.       The daily drudgery of the modern hussle and bussle, the high fat content diets and soda drinks ... all of these lead to...

The Blue Muse
Finding flow in collaboration

Mar 28, 2015
Finding flow in collaboration

We started after breakfast, me unpacking colored paper, a pad of poster-sized pages, and a collection of happy office supplies (highlighters, markers, gel pens, post-its, tabbies, and eraser tape, for those who like that sort of thing, like me).

On sheets of pink, green, purple and blue, I scribbled out our rough plot lines and...

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The Blue Muse
Finding flow in collaboration

Mar 28, 2015
Finding flow in collaboration

We started after breakfast, me unpacking colored paper, a pad of poster-sized pages, and a collection of happy office supplies (highlighters, markers, gel pens, post-its, tabbies, and eraser tape, for those who like that sort of thing, like me).

On sheets of pink, green, purple and blue, I scribbled out our rough plot lines and...

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Writing and PR with Melanie
Best Kept Secret for Customer Retention

Best Kept Secret for Customer Retention

There's one document that every product has, but not every customer reads. This source can actually be a way to help retain your customers. And when I say "retain", I don't mean that you try selling more. In this instance, the company has an opportunit...

Writing and PR with Melanie
Elements of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Elements of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

Non-fiction book proposals are really about selling your non-fiction idea to agents/editors. This is often written before you write the actual book. It's a type of contractual agreement. You need to convince the editor that you're the best one to write...

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