A Transformation like the Butterfly by Darrah J. Perez

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I’d like to share with you a lovely post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors by author Darrah Perez. Not only is her post touching and heartwarming, she shares her grandfather’s native poetry with us via a YouTube video. You’ll definitely want to check this out. Enjoy!

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Author & Poet Introduction of bookWhen this journey of becoming an Author started, I had no idea what was in store for me. Over a period of under one year, a lot has been accomplished. To date I’ve had two books published. There have been many great connections with people who love art, poetry, and artistic creations from many genres. Oh yeah, I also have my first motion poem available upon YouTube, it is called Grandfather Bless me with Unity.

It is my biggest hope to give back to the art community by including the work of artists from all genres. The musicians, the singers, the dancers, the potters, the jewelry makers, the painters, the sketch artists, the rappers, the spoken word artists, the authors, the poets, all are welcome.

It has always been defined by me, that I have no problem sharing the spotlight with others. I do what I do to see others…

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Great-Great Grandpa’s Tale of Civil War Horror

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Author Mike Staton shares research for his new book in his post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’s fascinating stuff – be sure to check it out!

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1-Mike StatonThis post was written by Michael Staton.

I’ve copies of two priceless photographs showing my family’s Civil War veteran, John Edwards, born on October 2, 1837. He was 25 years old when he joined Company B of the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry on August 1, 1863, about a month after the Battle of Gettysburg. Just a little over two months later, my great-grand grandfather’s campaigning came to an abrupt end on October 12, 1863, when he and 126 other men of the regiment were captured at White Sulphur Springs, Virginia, while screening the Army of the Potomac during its fall 1863 Bristoe Campaign. While John Edwards’ fighting days were over, his ordeal was just beginning. He spent the rest of the war in POW camps – Libby in Richmond and then Andersonville in Georgia.

Somehow Great-Great-Grandpa John survived. In 1862, Libby housed 700 Union prisoners, but by 1863 the number of…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside

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Ah, the great outdoors! Or is it? Take a minute to read Author Jennifer Flaten’s post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors about her dog Ginger and being outside. You’ll identify with her, I’m sure!

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This post by Jennifer Flaten

Today after dropping the kids off at school, I decided that since I was already all bundled up for the cold I should fill the bird feeders.

I figured I would take Ginger along. I mean she’s a dog, why wouldn’t she like the opportunity to snuffle around the yard.

Well, she wouldn’t like it because it’s cold out, and we had to walk on the snow.

Ginger will never take part inIMG_20150331_163854 an Iditarod, I mean besides being rather too short to pull a sled she really, really, I mean really, hates to be cold.

Part of it is that she is a short coated dog, but for the rest I blame the kids. They baby her. Especially, my oldest. If she sees Ginger snoozing on the sofa au natural, she will wrap her in blankets. And, let me tell you Ginger doesn’t shrug…

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Magical Moments

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Follow the magic as Author Kate Wyland tells a tale of a rare hummingbird encounter in her blog post on Writing Wranglers and Warriors. It’s precious!

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Last Sunday I had a unique experience I’d like to share. As many of you know, I love nature and am happiest in the outdoors and around animals. While I’ve always considered the horse my spirit animal (have had one most of my life), I also seem to have an affinity to birds, particularly hummingbirds. This fall we moved to a new house on a hill and bordered by open space woods. I LOVE it here and most mornings spend some time on a small deck off our bedroom meditating and connecting with the beauty. Usually I hear and sometimes see lots of birds, including a couple of hummingbirds that visit our feeder.

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Sunday we got early spring weather with lovely warm temperatures and after spending a long time outside, I went inside leaving the screen door open. A few minutes later I heard a banging racket…

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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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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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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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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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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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