Mini-con wrapup

Mini-con wrapup

Mini-con wrapup

The MINI-CON was a HIT! Good morning, friends! Today is the day after the mini-con that my mastermind group, Desoto Writers Alliance, put on at the library. It was SO MUCH FUN! If you were a part of this event, thank you from the bottom of my heart for attending. It was the first of our efforts to bring together writers, aspiring and otherwise. We had members of some local author groups in the crowd and it was so wonderful to see writer buddies that we don’t get to see (aside from online) very often. Many of you came up

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Weekly links: Mixed bag of goodies

Weekly links: Mixed bag of goodies

Good morning, lovelies! It’s a mixed bag for links this week. There is some stuff about Valentines Day (sorry, I know it’s over) and there is some stuff about blogs, stuff about technology, etc. It’s just fun to click a link and magically get transported to someone’s blog and see what they are talking about, isn’t it? I am going to try to get a real blog post up here soon. I have a lot to share, but just no time to share it! I also hope to be updating the website soon, so be sure to look for new

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Your writing: Go for it, right?

My very first foray into writing was in grade school. We had to write about the pilgrims as a Thanksgiving project. I remember drawing the cover to the “book”,  writing their “story” on the wide-lined pages inside, and finishing it with construction paper. I do not think it got any awards, aside from the ones my mama gave me. Thirty years later. when I expressed the desire to write a book,  she pulled it out and showed it to me. It had meant so much to her-a wannabe writer herself-that she kept that story about the pilgrims. She encouraged me

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Weekly list: Let’s talk about the weather

Weekly list: Let’s talk about the weather

Good morning! I hope you all are enjoying this lovely winter weather we are all having. Hasn’t it been weird? Well, it has been here at Smith Casa. Don’t think I have seen so much rain in January. Usually that happens in March and April. There has to be a story in this year’s opening stream of weirdness. I mean can’t you just see a story opening with 70s and sun, then going  to 20s and ice, and then back to 70s and rain only to get back to 40s and sun? Sure you can! It’s the real thing. I

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End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen

End of Year Reflection: Love What You Have Done-Comprehend What Didn’t Happen As writers, we all tread the same path, and the end of a year punctuates our successes and failures. I love how we can plan out our goals and follow up on them, success and loss. Many of you have kept me accountable with what I wanted to accomplish and what I managed to do. As the year wanes, I am certainly having moments of reflection. I did some things right, and some were just not done. It’s fun to tell my blog followers when I make a

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