The Grump Wizard

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I wrote a fun short story for you today, for the #MakeTheVillainAHero challenge posted over on Tales From a Modern Bard! Enjoy. 🙂 "The Grump Wizard"  by E.E. Rawls The old wizard stared down at the village tucked in the valley. For years he’d been helping the villagers—increasing their crops, curing illness, bringing sunny skies, … Continue reading The Grump Wizard

Inspirational Quotes

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“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.” —Alexandra Stoddard Every choice, every decision made, no matter how great or small, can affect our lives and those around us. We can change things for the better, and improve our lives based on those decisions. ~~~~~ “Love is always … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes

Try, And Try Again

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BLUE butterflies were an important source of income for the Farfalle Village each spring, and the week was soon approaching when they would pass through the nearby woods. Emma was determined to be among the young people who caught one for her family. She watched the villagers working on their nets to catch the special … Continue reading Try, And Try Again

3 Quotes Challenge (more!)

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” ― Mark Twain Got to love Mark Twain's sense of humor! Though my writer's mind may be too adventurous to keep a sleepy conscience... 😉 ~~~~~ “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because … Continue reading 3 Quotes Challenge (more!)

Lost In The Mountain Forest

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You wander away from the old inn up in the mountains A chance to explore this unknown part of the landscape as the sun rises, Wandering into the forest that rolls and caresses the land’s verdant green sides. As dawn breaks, a misty damp lingers in the air Condensing sparkling dew drops on every leafy … Continue reading Lost In The Mountain Forest

Library Of Dreams #poem #booknerd

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Shelves sit dusty, cobwebs drip down the ceiling The scent of old paper fills the air. She wanders between the bookcases Trailing a finger along rows of leather spines. One glows a shade of gold, and she halts before it, curious Pinching the spine and pulling the book free. Its yellowed pages slide open, and a bright light … Continue reading Library Of Dreams #poem #booknerd

Revising A Manuscript Is Like Cleaning A Castle: 8 Steps

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Your manuscript's rough draft is like entering an ancient castle, one that has been forgotten by time—caked in heavy dust and cobwebs, growing mold in damp corners. You step inside and can barely breathe, every step you take stirs up clouds from the floor. You think to yourself: This is terrible! What can I do? How … Continue reading Revising A Manuscript Is Like Cleaning A Castle: 8 Steps

I Write YA & MG, blog tag Q&A!

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I was tagged by blogging/writer friend Lauren Gunter for this Q&A! (thank you!) 1. Who are your favorite authors, and do they influence your writing? Okay, so the obvious ones are Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, who inspired me to read and write in the fantasy genre. Tolkien opened up a world of possibilities for my imagination, and … Continue reading I Write YA & MG, blog tag Q&A!

3 Quotes Challenge

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss Too often I focus on the sad at the end, the goodbyes and farewells, the end of a fun trip or adventure, instead of being glad that it happened at all, and focus on the positive "glass is half full" side, So, this quote … Continue reading 3 Quotes Challenge

“A New Year Is Coming” #poem

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"A New Year Is coming" The clock ticks forward Second by second by second The new year fast approaching, The long handle has one tick left One last second And within that second time stands still. Thoughts race through your head... What will this new year bring? Will I reach my long-time goal? Will the … Continue reading “A New Year Is Coming” #poem