Lessons from an Old Dog

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Love this post by Gayle Irwin on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. I think you’ll enjoy it too!

Originally posted on Writing Wranglers and Warriors:

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My cocker spaniel Cody turns 17 years old on June 10th. There have been numerous times in the past few years, even in the last several months, when my husband and I didn’t think he’d survive. He’s torn his ACL, he’s suffered an internal virus that required IV treatments, and he’s stopped eating for days. His bottom teeth are gone and it’s difficult for him to get food down. The old fella has become a picky eater, too, scarfing up bacon one day and refusing it the next, or eating chicken in the morning and turning his nose up at the same chicken that same night. I know the older people get the more picky they can become about food, too, but not eating leads to losing weight and getting weaker – so we do everything we can to “coddle” the oldster…

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Becoming Confident

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Need more confidence? Today’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors will give you some impetus to work on it. Written by Author Neva Bodin.

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105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right,” said Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and maker of a car that was more affordable for the general public.

I remember back in high school, when looks became important, (as in how I looked and how the boy of my dreams looked, the one who made me tingle when he got close, and who didn’t even know I existed), some girls who weren’t what I considered pretty at all were still popular. Now, I know where your mind just went, (besides shaking your head at the extra-long sentence) and no, it wasn’t always the ones who were “easy.” It was the ones who had confidence.

Through my Linkedin Pulse Connection, I found a website—http://www.inc.com/travis-bradberry/12-things-truly-confident-people-do-differently.html—that lists “Twelve Things Truly Confident People do Differently” by Travis Bradberry, Author, ‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0’.

His first “thing”…

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Author Interview: Seumas Gallacher

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Here’s an interesting interview with Author Seumas Gallacher. If you haven’t read his books or blog you’re missing out on something big! Interview by Emma Rose Millar, Author.

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profile (2) Seumas Gallacher was born in Clydeside, Govan in Glasgow and spent his formative teens in the idyllic Scottish Hebridean island of Mull. His career as a banker took him from Scotland to London for ten years and thence on a further  twenty-five year global odyssey through Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines in Asia. Along the way he metamorphosed into a corporate troubleshooter and problem solver. He came to the United Arab Emirates for a month in 2004 and has remained in the Middle East ever since.

A late discoverer of the joys of writing, his crime thriller novels, The Violin Man’s Legacy, Vengeance Wears Black and Savage Payback have sold more than 80,000 copies.

Seumas has become a strong proponent of the use of the social networking channels to reach and engage with a global readership market in the new age of self-publishing and eBooks. Seumas is a sought-after…

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I Want Minions by Erin Farwell

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I thought I’d share this post by fellow Author Erin Farwell. What exactly are minions? Read her post and find out. On Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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IMG_3021_1Long before the Despicable Me movies were created, when people asked me what I wanted for birthday and Christmas gifts I told them minions. No, I don’t want to take over the world, just manage my corner of it a little better. If I had minions, they would do my bidding and wash clothes, do dishes, vacuum the house, dust, clean the bathrooms (my husband would be particularly excited about this), grocery shop, plan meals for the week, and cook them as well. They could wait on hold for 45 minutes until the person I need to speak to finally comes on the line, or do any other task I set them too.Image result for minions

Do not fear, though, for I would be a kind and benevolent minion overlord. They would have soft beds, play time, and chocolate pudding for breakfast. All I’d ask for in return is the completion of a…

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Fear — and learning to accept criticism

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Here’s another post from Writing Wranglers and Warriors I think you’ll like. Author Mike Staton has a lot to say about when he began writing and how important it is to take criticism to make your work better.

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This post written by Mike Staton. This post written by Mike Staton.

When nine years old, I wrote a novel. What am I hearing? Clapping? Please keep down the applause. It really was a humble endeavor.

I was home sick. Not sure why. Too many years have passed. Could not have been the flu with all its symptoms – vomiting, wooziness, an unbearable headache. I’d never have been able to sit on the couch and write the science fiction tale on the pages of my Mom’s notepad. My guess? A bad cold. Lots of coughing and sneezing, maybe a minor headache. But not sapping enough to keep me from writing my first book.

The pages of Mom’s notepads usually became grocery lists, letters to Ohio relatives, sickness excuses for me, and new recipes. On a school day in 1961 some of the pages of one notepad became Alien from Planet Z.

Is this how you began? Writing short stories or a novel by long hand. That's how I began. Is this how you…

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Coincidence or Synchronicity?

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This is such a great post I can’t help sharing it with my readers. Is there a connection? Read this post by Author Stephanie Stamm on Writing Wranglers and Warriors and find out!

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Merriam-Webster defines coincidence as “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.”

Synchronicity is defined as “the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality.” This definition includes the note that this meaning of the term is “used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung.”

I’ve been thinking about these terms because of something that happened to me last week on one of my evening walks.

I was about three-quarters of the way through my walk, on my way back to the apartment where I’m currently staying, when a car pulled up beside me. The woman behind the wheel lowered the passenger side window and said…

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Flood the World with Kindness

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One of my favorite author friends wrote this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today and I’d like to share it with you! Start your day out with kindness!

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Be Kind to Animals Week began this week. I originally thought it ran through Sunday, May 10, which happens to be Mother’s Day; however, within a week, I found a new website that says it runs until Saturday, May 9th. Either way, this special week overlaps the weekend we celebrate the special women in our lives, mostly our mothers and grandmothers (or those women who were like Mom and Grandma to us).

This year marks 100 years since Be Kind to Animals Week started being observed by organizations such as the American Humane Association, and this year marks the 99th year of Mother’s Day being officially recognized. During this special week, we can encourage kids, other adults, as well as ourselves to be kinder to others.

Cody and Mary_outside“Teach the children well,” are words in a Crosby, Stills and Nash song:

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Americans Amble Africa by Erin Farwell

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There’s a real treat on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today. Author Erin Farwell​ shares some of a trip she took to Africa, plus awesome pictures!

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IMG_3021_1A few months ago I wrote about climbing Kilimanjaro and last month shared my adventures in Slovenia. Today we return to Africa and what happened after we spent the week on the highest mountain on that continent. There isn’t time here for our entire adventure but we’ll start at the beginning…

There were 10 of us in the group, including myself, my husband and father-in-law. There was a core group with whom we’d hiked with in the North Georgia Mountains plus as few other people someone else knew and invited to join us. We had less than 24 hours before we left our lodge and got in the two white vehicles to head out to the Serengeti. Our gear was piled on top, we had a driver and an assistant, and off we went.

Our first stop was Lake Manyara. We stopped at our campsite to unload the gear and…

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Four-Sentence Book Review: A Broom of One’s Own

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Thought you all might enjoy this post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors about writing long sentence reviews. This also applies to any writing – it’s a personal thing. Follow along with Author Kathy Waller as she explains her process. Published on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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A while back, I accepted a challenge to write a book review of  Nancy Peacock’s memoir A Broom of One’s Own inonly four sentencesStarting well before the due date, I wrote the first sentence of the review over and over and deleted it over and over. Sometimes I wrote the same sentence several times in a row. Sometimes I made up a new sentence. After weeks of torment, I produced the following review.

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I like Nancy Peacock’s A Broom of One’s Own: Words About Writing, Housecleaning & Life so much that it’s taken me over two months and two missed deadlines to untangle my thoughts and write this four-sentence review, an irony Peacock, author of two critically acclaimed novels, would no doubt address were I in one of her writing classes.

She would probably tell me that there is no perfect…

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Is Cursive Writing Being Cursed?

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Here’s a very good post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It discusses the pros and cons of teaching children cursive writing in schools. Written by Author Neva Bodin, the post raises a lot of questions.

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105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

In the Casper Star Tribune, Sunday, November 25, 2012, p A2, a headline by Christina Hoag, Associated Press, blared: “Penmanship still rules in Calif. Schools.” A subtitle read: “Most states erase cursive writing from their curriculms (sic); keyboard skills become higher priority.” Do you find it ironic that the person keyboarding that title misspells curriculums?

“Bucking a growing trend to eliminating cursive from elementary school curriculums or making it optional, California is among the states keeping longhand as a third-grade staple,” said the article.

The article also stated, “Dustin Ellis, fourth-grade teacher at Big Springs Elementary School in Simi Valley, said he assigns a cursive practice packet as homework, but if he had his druthers, he’d limit cursive instruction to learning to read it, instead of writing it. Out of his 32 students, just three write in cursive, he noted.” (If no one writes…

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