A gaggle of girls from ages 4 to 12 are clothed in pretty dresses with flowers woven into their hair. They giggle, squeal, point and hug each other on this gorgeous late spring May Day. The older girls, with help from some of the moms, get the group organized. Each girl holds a bright ribbon attached to a tall Maypole erected in the park. The music starts.
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The Death Lottery
Arkansas’ attorney general and governor decided to kill eight death row inmates before the state’s precious (and questionable) supply of death-dealing drugs expires at the end of this month. This decision set off state-level, national and international public outcries, and a mad scramble to appeal and defend the execution decisions.
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Are you an aspiring or established author? Are you looking for tips and tools to make revisions easier and more thorough? Welcome to my inaugural Author Toolbox article about revision and editing tools and processes that I am using to get my novel ready for publication.
This article is part of the incomparable Raimey Gallant’s Author Toolbox Bloghop. The bloghop was announced on my birthday and just before the April 2017 Camp NaNoWriMo. How could I resist?
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Americans’ basic human rights shouldn’t depend on where we live.
On Friday, March 31, when I started writing this article, an Arkansas legislator, GOP Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, had a few days earlier proposed bathroom bill legislation comparable to North Carolina’s HB-2 law, which was finally replaced last week after a devastating boycott by businesses and sports organizations. On March 31 the Governor and tourism groups’ opposition led Collins-Smith to withdraw the bill from consideration this year. She’s not done, though. Collins-Smith plans to reintroduce the legislation in 2018 or 2019.
Continue reading “Boycott Arkansas?”
These simple strategies can put you on your way to a successful month of writing.
NaNoWriMo is famous among aspiring writers as an opportunity to struggle along with hundreds of thousands of other writers around the world to write a 50,000+ word novel in a single month — November. Camp NaNoWriMo is a more freewheeling project where you choose your own goal for the month. It doesn’t have to be a novel. It doesn’t even have to be fiction. Have a screenplay idea? Want to put together a collection of poetry? Want to publish a blog article every day for a month? Whatever your goal, Camp NaNoWriMo can accommodate it, and provide you with a group of like-minded souls to commiserate with and cheer on. You pick your goal. It doesn’t have to come with a word count goal, though you may find that having one makes it easier to measure your progress through the month. Continue reading “8 Strategies for Tackling — and Completing — a Camp NaNoWriMo Project”