Today is National What?

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Today’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors is written by author Joe Stephens and I think you’ll find it fitting. There is always a “National What?” day somewhere and Joe has picked out a few to share with us that are not only appropriate for this time of year, but may actually tickle your funny bone. Enjoy!

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For those of a Christian bent, and even many of you who aren’t, undoubtedly know it’s Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent, or the season that prepares believers for Holy Week, or the week that Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected. It’s the day that, assuming the weather isn’t like it is here today and people actually go places, you’ll see folks with a cross of ashes on their foreheads. So it’s an important observance for many. This got me to thinking about holidays and observances, which sent me off to Google just to find out what else today is. As I did my research, I found weekly and monthly events and observances too. Some are quite serious, like Black History Month, while some are just plain odd. Being kind of odd myself, I was drawn to those. So here’s a list…

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Ghostwriting Lessons Learned

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Ever thought about ghostwriting? In her post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors, author Cindy Carroll explains the pros and cons and whether or not it might be for you. Interesting post you’ll want to be sure to read!

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CindyCarrollEGhostwriting isn’t for everyone. I avoided doing it for a long time even though I signed up for a few freelance places. I fell into ghostwriting in November due to necessity. I needed a way to earn money that would pay me faster than my book sales at Amazon. Not to mention the book sales weren’t doing great so they weren’t really paying the bills. Even though I jumped into it pretty quickly once I decided to do it, I did some research. Luckily I have some friends who had a friend who is a ghostwriter and they got me in touch with her. She gave me some good advice. One piece I had already decided on was having a contract, one with a confidentiality clause. Other things I had decided before I posted my availability for ghostwriting was my price, how many words I would devote to ghostwriting a…

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The Branding of “Stephen Buehler”™

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Author Stephen Buehler has come up with a creative way to market his books. Read about it in his post on today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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By Stephen Buehler

In my last blog I talked about my anticipation of going to Left Coast Crime, a mystery writers and readers convention that will be held in Phoenix 2/25 – 2/28.

On the very first day of the conference at 9am, I have signed up for an event called, Author Speed Dating. For 2 hours, 40 authors will hop from table to table pitching whatever they want. It works like this; there are 10 chairs at each table and 8 of them are already filled with other writers and readers. When the first bell rings, 2 authors will sit with the group of 8 and talk. One author gets to speak for 2 minutes, a bell rings, the other author gets to talk for 2 minutes, then the bell rings again and the traveling authors move to another table and start it all over again.Speed dating

Most authors…

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Does Love Taste Like Pizza?

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There is a fascinating post up on Writing Wranglers and Warriors today by Author Neva Bodin. Be sure to take a look. I promise, you probably have never heard of this condition!

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105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

Technicolor sin… I am helping a committee at work update nursing aide policies and procedures because of the upcoming nursing aide training program I am putting together. Halfway through the forms I found an amusing typo. Describing possible cyanosis, the instruction read, “Note if the sin is pale or bluish in color.”

I immediately recalled the book I had just read. One of the characters had synesthesia. I had never heard of it. I was curious and did some research, having trouble believing it wasn’t part of the fiction. The lady saw her pain as orange.

Synesthesia exists! And, brings a lot of ideas on how this could be used in crime novels, medical novels, etc.

Looking it up on google, it is defined as “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the…

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A Fast 400

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Thought I’d share a fellow writer’s shorts, written from photos. Author Kathy Waller shares her take on writing from photos. I think you’ll enjoy them!

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MOW BOOK LAUNCH 003 (3)This post by Kathy Waller

I admit it: I forgot. I wrote it on my calendar: “2/1/2016: Post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.” Yesterday I remembered. Then I forgot. So I’m late. [Sigh.]

Anyway, just under the wire–Here are four stories I wrote and published on my personal blog as part of Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Friday Fictioneers. Each was written from a photo prompt. Each is exactly 100 words in length. (Or was when I last counted.) I hope you like.

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When Derek fell for LucyMae, he immediately introduced her to his wife.

“Look, Mandy.” His tone was reverent; his eyes betokened lust. “Isn’t she gorgeous?”

“Good gosh.” Mandy touched the hull. “Water, water everywhere and all the boards did shrink. Where does the albatross sit?”

“Hydrate her, the boards’ll plump up.”

“They’re rotten. . . . What’s that thingy?”

“It’s a …

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That Extra Mile

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Author S.J. Brown has a few words to say about “the one that got away.” A nice read by a talented writer/photographer on Writing Wranglers and Warriors.

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Me3 By S. J. Brown

Wildlife photographers have been getting a bit of extra exposure lately through television commercials and also after a biting letter to some individuals who are occupying a wildlife refuge. I would like to join the ranks of those photographers who have shared what it is really like to photograph wildlife.

Yes there are easy shots we take at parks and zoos where the critters are accustomed to people

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Then there are other shots we work for. This is when a photographer needs more than just skill knowledge and a bit of luck.  Wildlife photographers need to be passionate about what they do.  You need to ask yourself how bad do I want these images, what are my chances of getting the shots, and how can I increase my chances?

I traveled from West Virginia to Maine in hopes of getting a few photographs of a moose…

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The Best of Intention is Always There by DARRAH J. PEREZ

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This post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors, written by author Darrah J. Perez, talks about time. It’s an excellent article and will make you think.

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photo 3 (1)  Time has a way of going so fast! IMG_20151227_131307   It has us saying, “My….it’s Christmas already, this year has gone by so fast!” The same for every holiday and occasion. Every year it is all the same. We plan to make more time for a new year for the things we enjoy so mucharts, crafts, writing, reading, photography, travelling, or maybe even just spending more quality time with loved ones. Or, maybe we plan to change our lifestylesdiet, exercise, our control over the power of addiction, whatever it may be. The best of intention is always there.

For those who time has gotten the better of and gave the experience of how fast it can actually tend to creep up on the unexpected, the learned behavior of planning ahead for any and all events within a person’s life has made them somewhat excellent timekeepers, planning…

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Christmas Is a Going

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Thought you might all like to read this post on the Writing Wranglers and Warriors blog written by Author Neva Bodin.

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105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin (Published this last night, and I don’t see it. So I’m trying again)

Christmas is a going

And the ads are coming still

Please to put a dollar

In the big store’s till

If you haven’t got a dollar

As you look at Christmas bills

Use the ads to start a fire and

With warmth your heart fills.

(Sung to the tune of “Christmas Is A Coming”)

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Would we get a paper on Christmas? Half hoping the paper staff got a holiday, and half hoping I’d have a paper with some funnies to read, I stepped out on the front step at 5:30 AM Christmas morning and found a paper. The front page had the Christmas story according to St. Luke, although it wasn’t on their web site. And lo, a small, but significant, pile of ads fell out.

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Gift Of Words

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Sometimes even something untraditional gives joy to the recipient. Author Joe Stephens shares with us a school project he and his students practice every year. On Wrangling Writers and Warriors.

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In my other life I’m a teacher, as you can tell from many of my posts. I enjoy that job because I love being around young people. Some of the experiences I’ve had with them over the years will live with me forever and I have many lifelong friends among my former students.

Some lessons and activities I’ve done a time or two, while others have happened every year without fail because they just work so well that they

Poonam Jenna Sometimes former students become family instead of friends.

become tradition. One of the most memorable activities we do every year is the Gift of Words presentation right before Christmas break. I can’t take credit for it. Like much of what I learned about teaching AP English, I got this from Dan and Becky Daniel, my mentors.

It’s really a multi-faceted activity, but the heart of…

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Gratitude and Much-Needed Rest

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What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Author Gayle Irwin shares with us her list in a post in today’s Writing Wranglers and Warriors. Please take a look.

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Gayle_Cheyenne bookstoreThis post by Gayle M. Irwin

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I wanted to pen a few thoughts on what I’m thankful for this year, because there is much in my life for which to be grateful:

  1. Writing articles honoring Vietnam veterans – I’ve interviewed and written about 12 veterans and have a few more assigned to me for the coming few months. This long-term project has been very enlightening, educational, and humbling. Never again will I take Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day for granted or view them as “just another holiday.”
  2. Writing articles in general – My work appears in three different magazines and two different newspapers this year; although I had more articles last year in those publications plus another newspaper, taking on the Vietnam project added to the repertoire so I stayed busy and had several bylines in the various publications – and “Cody’s Cabin…”…

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