Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and …

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Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

I have a confession to make. It's Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I'm struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don't feel inspired or motivated. I haven't added any words to my …

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Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse …

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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to …

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My Writing Process — Blog Hop

I have been very fortunate to meet and become friends with a number of writers in the past four years. Two of those friends invited me to join in on the author blog hop that's making the rounds. I said yes right away. Unfortunately after committing, I discovered that the friends I thought I could …

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No Need to Write Alone

I was recently trying to help a friend who found herself in a rough spot. She kept telling me she had no ideas and was terrified of what was going to happen, yet every suggestion I made she responded to by saying she wasn’t comfortable asking that person for help, or she didn’t want to …

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The Next Step–Get Published!

As I'm sure every pre-published author has, I read Stephen King's On Writing, and pretty much every other autobiography of successful novelists I could get my hands on. The majority started out writing and selling short stories. So, I prepared to do the same thing. I have written some flash fiction (short, short stories of 1,000 …

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Amtrak Residency–I want to go!!

All the author blogs and tweets are blowing up over the possibility of a Writers in Residence program through Amtrak. On their blog, Amtrak wrote about the first test run (read it here). Now everyone wants to go, and I do too! I have already demonstrated how much more work I accomplish away from home …

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Irritations, Pearls, and Art

Last week I found myself a bit worked up over two different issues that would have made excellent blog posts. Unfortunately I was so concerned I might be too worked up to treat the topics fairly that I didn't write anything. Now I've lost the moment, the passion, and some of those great thoughts.  “All art is autobiographical; the pearl is …

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NaNoWriMo 2013…Lessons Learned

This was my second attempt at NaNoWriMo, and my second loss. Technically it was a loss since I didn't complete the 50,000 words in thirty days challenge.  I learned a lot, however, and definitely do not feel like a loser. I don't feel like a winner, but I am learning skills and techniques that will …

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