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  1. Change of Title

    Even though I'm heart-sick that I haven't completed any of my novels, there is a fortunate side to this. It's not too late to change the title. In looking at Wattpad, I find there are over 100,000 stories posted either titled Zodiac Chronicles or some variation of it. Whether title this or not, this is an excessive amount of stories revolving around characters based on the Zodiac signs. So, how do I make mine stand out?

    First- change the title, or switch it around. This is what I intend ...
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  2. Absence Explained

    I am making a major move: Iowa to Florida. I'm moving in with my Mom and Step-Dad. So, I won't be around for the next week or so. They are going to allow me to install cable. So, it all depends on when I'm able to get it connected.

    Monday, June 3rd, I clear out of my apartment. So, Athena and I will stay at a pet-friendly hotel for the night.
    Tuesday morning we fly from Sioux City to Chicago with a brief lay-over then on to Florida.

    My best friend is flying with my ...
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  3. What if... ?

    I wasn't sure if I should post this in a prompt, conversation or game area... It could be either or, so I decided to post is in my blog. It would make an interesting game.

    Some ideas can be had by completing this question. I had one come to mind and was wondering how others completed this sentence?

    What if a woman gave a sample for a DNA registry.... and the results came back as inconclusive?
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  4. Time Crunch

    It's coming up fast. There are about only 5 weeks left until my move. It's hard to believe it's almost here.

    This Friday I get my storage unit. This Saturday is my farewell luncheon at the local Golden Corral.
    Next week, my stuff goes into said storage unit. It's unreal. For the last few months I kept thinking time was going so slow. And now, it's like where'd the time go?

    2 of mom's cats have delivered their litters. The first had 7, the 2nd had 4 and the 3rd is ...
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  5. Failure to Understand

    I will never understand why, no matter what good a person does- some people can only focus on the bad, that one mistake the person makes.

    I'm getting ridiculed on another forum because of ONE single typo that I made. This one member ( who seems to think of herself as the guardian of the gate) continuities to post in the thread repeating my mistake.

    She is supposedly smarter than I am, she has a better education, a better life style, a better life. And yet she treats people ...
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  6. Special Request

    hey guys, I need a favor... 51 days before I move- My landlord is being a problem - I'm hoping that doing a go- fund me campaign will help.

    Here's where I need the favor - I wrote a 1 page letter asking for help. I'd like someone to review it to make certain I avoided the whine factor among other things. I'm not a copy editor so I do what I can.

    I would rather not post it publicly, as I do not want it to be seen as an advertisement. So this would be done behind the scenes. ...
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  7. First Submission

    Today, it was finally my turn to make that milestone we all have to make, eventually.
    This afternoon, I submitted Choices to an e-zine for consideration in publication.

    I am satisfied with the story as it is. It's been suggested that I expand on this piece, dig deeper into the characters. This is always a possibility, for now though, I'm content with where it is.

    It'll be somewhere between 3 to 6 months before I know if they'll accept the piece.
    In the mean ...
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  8. CHOICES is DONE

    First Goal of 2019 ACHIEVED!

    After many years of 'intentions to do it" and finally getting to it this year- CHOICES IS ONE.

    The first version was written in 2000 & submitted to my instructor on February 21, 2000) as the piece for assignment 4 with Long Ridge Writers Group (now Institute for Writers). The assignment was to write a new story between 750 - 1,500 words. The version I submitted at the time had 1,000 words.

    I then revisited this piece for ...
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  9. And it's done

    Referencing Post

    I was told:

    Don't do it.
    You'll be wasting your time.
    Scrap it all and start over.
    You need to be working on 'forward-writing'.

    Like I said in the other post: as I age, if I get the notion, an idea to do something- and someone tells me not to do it- Im still doing it. And it's done.

    For the last year, my focus has been on, not so much sorting my writing drive as it was eliminating the clone files. Today, I ...
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  10. I Was Told Not to Do This but...

    I did it! I'm doing it!

    First, I've come to learn something about myself. As I age, if I get the notion, an idea to do something- and someone tells me not to do it- Im still doing it. Of course, we're talking about things that don't cause harm and aren't illegal.

    In the mix of writing, I took up a project someone told me was a waste of time.

    I'm going to spare y'all the putrid spewing that we all know people spit out when they're against something,. We ...

    Updated November 1st, 2018 at 08:34 PM by MzSnowleopard

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  11. Social Frustrations-

    aka- why I haven't been around here.

    I've been meaning to come by, to post, etc yadda, yadda, yadda. Things have just kept happening IRL that keep me from doing what I really want.

    Some days i wish I could check out of life completely, ignore everyone, and just focus on my writing, or forum or blog posting. life has a way of creeping in and saying "Nope, you can't do that."

    At least my cat Athena is finally fixed and declawed making her an even happier ...

    Updated March 24th, 2018 at 12:25 AM by MzSnowleopard

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  12. Took a break

    I hadn't meant to disappear for so long. I needed to take a break to sort through some personal issues and a few other things. One thing happened after another- and then 2 of my cats died. It's been an emotional rollercoaster for the past year.

    I'll try to be here but can't make any promises or guarantees.
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  13. LRWG # 9 Nix

    This is just a brief update for those following. I decided to nix the 'experimental story' in favor of the 'traditional story'. I'm thinking this will help things move along. I'm still stumped but I am more accustomed to the traditional flow. Perhaps I'll give the 'experimental story' another try when I'm not concerned about making deadlines or academics on a piece.

    Link to Story
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  14. Quick Links

    Because I got tired of the hassle in finding the threads- these are direct links to my scripts. It's more for my own quick referencing than anything but it comes in handy when people ask for links.

    Assignment 1: Developing your writers eye- describe a person you know or have known in 500 words.
    Title: The Wrong Man ( 500 words )

    Lesson 2: Use your experience as a springboard for fiction. Write a fiction story of 750 - 1,000 words. Use the person you described in ...

    Updated May 22nd, 2018 at 02:25 AM by MzSnowleopard

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  15. Changes to my school

    Well this bites, Long Ridge has elected, for whatever reason, to change their name. Now it's a corporate name- Institute for Writers. They promise that no changes will be made to how the school functions- just the name, the website, and their location. I don't get it. Long Ridge Writers Group is a name that stands out, Institute for Writers not so much. It sounds clinical, static, corporate, bland. Whatever, at least the material isn't changing.
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  16. Change of Plans

    Do you ever get that feeling? You know, that you might be in the wrong place? I'm talking about where you live. It just doesn't seem like where you're at- you're not getting anywhere, zero to little progress in life. Maybe you feel stalled or like you're treading water. The wheels are spinning but you're not moving forward.

    That's about how I feel this passed week. At least, since that phone call telling me that the class I signed up for was pulled from the schedule. The class I really ...
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  17. oh boy- annoying

    I have discovered one thing that will stop me from writing, from accomplishing anything, pretty much

    The Hiccups

    I challenge anyone to try and be productive when this happens.
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  18. Some Good News

    As some may recall, I've had issues with people disrespecting my writing and writing time. Over time I've cut people from my life because of this. This good news is about the woman who would show up unannounced after I'd tweet "Am Writing". She would take that as a coded message meaning I was home and drop by- despite my counts attempts to remind her to call first- like everyone else does.

    This woman has moved many times in the years that I've known her. This time, however, ...
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  19. LRWG # 9 Another Update

    Tonight, I finally breached 1,500 words on this project. This puts me passed the halfway point. There's only 1,445 words to go.

    The rough draft may not be my best work but at this point- more than a year passed the deadline- and with the story dredging along, I'm just going with it.

    Changing from 3rd to 1st person has helped- borrowing characters from my YA has too- having characters based on real encounters was the boost tonight. That scenario was based on an actual moment ...
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  20. Some Good News

    After 9 years, I have paid off $ 28,482 from my debts. There's roughly $2,670 left, not including the student loan.

    The good news about the student loan- the two loans have finally been consolidated! Now, I only have one to consider in my budget.

    The bad news:

    Honestly, it wouldn't be so bad if I didn't live in a town that was the epitome of boredom / dullsville.
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  21. So, you say I'm not a writer

    There seems to be a stigma in our culture that dictates 'if you're not published then you're not a writer'. This is only through traditional means of publishing houses and agents- forget self published- they don't count.

    Here's my thing- it's my opinion, and as a writer I do have a valid one, this is akin to narrow-minded thinking. You are dismissing someone's potential because it doesn't meet your concept of what a writer is.

    I speak from personal experience and I have ...
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  22. LRWG # 9 Progresses

    The original due date was for somewhere in the middle of December 2014. Needless to say, I am more than a year behind schedule. So, what's the hold up?

    My fellow writers know that the problems have been external. It's the neighbors coming and going- slamming the fire doors on their way, their children using the stairwell and fire hall as a playground, and now, the neighbor across the hall has a new puppy that loves to bark.

    I have tried to drown out the noise- play the ...
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  23. LRWG Lesson #9 1/3 done

    Progress! So, I'm contemplating as I read over what I've done so far with Long Ridge Lesson # 9. As I'm adding some new content an idea dawns on me- try a shot at 1st person! So, that's what I did. I shifted the piece to read as 1st person. I went from 890 words to 1,042 words in less than 30 minutes. While I have stopped worrying about the word count in general- I still have to keep it in mind for the Long Ridge projects. Lessons 9 through 12 have a word count max of 3,000. So, I'm officially 1/3 ...
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  24. Update: LRWG #9 1/4 done

    Well, I've passed the quarter mark on the lesson with 860 / 3,000 words. And I've reached another transition point from one scene to the next. This is just like the last time I was stumped. That one took a few months to work around.

    There's a part of me that says "go ahead and share it now. Maybe folks can help with the rest." While that may be true, another part of me says "wait until you've finished the story before sharing."

    Either way, there are ...
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  25. Update: LRWG #9

    I managed to get a few more words written on this assignment. It's up to 695 which leaves only 2,305 to go. This might have something to do with the door slamming neighbors having moved out. Add in that the cold weather has kept the kids indoors. So, it's been fairly peaceful around me.

    What I don't understand is why this story is taking so long to write. Even with the chaos that's been around me, it's been over a year since I finished lesson 8. The most frustrating part with the story ...
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