Sports Versus The Arts

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ballet shoes on wooden floor

I consider myself fortunate to live in a state that supplies many opportunities to attend and participate in both the sports and arts arenas. I used experiences from both to create Ace Edwards, the protagonist in my book, ImagiNation Unveiled: The Hidden Realm. At age 3, my mother enrolled me in a dance studio competition open to the public. I won a year of free lessons and an introduction to the arts. At five, I auditioned along with hundreds of other children for a dancing roll in the Louisville Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite. The creative world that I was immersed in …

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True Grit

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  True Grit is a 1968 novel written by Charles Portis, published in 1968 that served as the basis for the movie of the same name starring John Wayne, the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn who accompanies a young girl in search of the man who killed her father. The latest version of the True Grit movie stars Jeff Bridges. True grit is also a quality my mother-in-law exhibits, especially in the aftermath of a recent ironic, life-altering tragedy. After returning safely from a ten day Caribbean cruise, which included a trip through the Panama Canal and numerous wheel chair excursions onto …

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20 Tips to Keep in Mind When Writing a Novel

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how to write a great novel tips

From inkling to novel, here are a few things I learned from personal experience on the writing road. I hope  you will find them helpful. 1. And you’re off! You should know that writing a novel is not a walk in the park. I think it’s more like an uphill slog or trying to stay afloat while crashing atop class four rapids. What a ride! Try not to drown in the sea of “how to” and “how not to” write recommendations. You can derive some value out of reading and listening to general writing and stylistic advice, but utilize your own strengths and …

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Ice, ice baby

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  Out my window, the harsh ice queen waves her hand and snuffs out the sun. She floats across the snowy landscape of icicles that sparkle like her crystal palace. Traffic ceases, the quiet is haunting. Nothing moves save for the birds at my bird feeder. The sun is absent, I can only imagine the magical orb’s fiery presence. I raise my cup of hot cocoa to the south, thankful for warm thoughts from a friend. Stay warm and well everyone!

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All We Need Is Love

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happy valentines day picture

On June 25, 1967, during a live broadcast of their new song, “All You Need Is Love” The Beatles sent out a universal appeal for spreading love across the world.  Today, the song’s sweet message still resonates as we approach February 14th, Valentine’s Day, the universal day of love. In my town, heart-shaped candies and boxes of chocolates, red and pink cards, and various colored roses have been on sale for weeks.  Diamond advertisements abound. All signs indicate that Cupid is once again preparing to descend upon the population with arrow poised across his bow, ready to set hearts afire. …

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