On Authoring: Action, Dialogue Tags, & Proper Structure

Dialogue is a key element of storytelling. Meaningful dialogue moves a story along, and should place your audience smack in the middle of an integral exchange between your characters. Dialogue can also help set the tone of your story or a moment in time between characters. Tags can also give insight into a character's personality. Is your character surly? He might growl out his words. Is your character annoyed? She might snap or bark out her words.

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The Rewards and Challenges of Adopting A Special Needs Animal

One of the toughest decisions we've made as a family was adopting Daisy. Our girl was a ten year old Boxer who'd spent her life neglected by a drug addicted owner. The police and animal control had been called on multiple times during Daisy's year with him. It took the third visit for animal control to finally have enough evidence of abuse to remover her from his filthy home. He couldn't even tell the police her name because he didn't remember it.

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I (finally) Met My Sister-Friend

First, what's a sister-friend. I define a sister-friend as someone who, although isn't your actual sister, has become such a vital person in your world, you can't imagine life without her. That's Helene. I met my sister-friend fifteen years ago on the Trying To Conceive (TTC) message board. Frankie actually introduced me to TTC. Knowing the toll infertility took on me, he wanted to connected me other women who were fighting the same battle. Taking his advice, I reluctantly created a TTC account, not really expecting much to come of it.

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On Authoring: Try To vs Try And

An author's job is to hone their craft. Sometimes, that means working with an editor who will slash away at your manuscript with the dreaded red pen. Other times, it's a small nudge in the right direction that can make the difference between clean and dirty writing. With On Authoring, I hope to be that little nudge in the right direction by sharing simple solutions to the common, but annoying, writing pitfalls.

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Potty Training: Domestic Disaster Style

I'm not the type of person who has the time, nor the patience, to deal with modern parenting. I'm more old school. I'm the mom. I'm the leader of the pack. The boss. Sure, I give my kids a voice and respect their opinions, but in the end, I'm the parent. Period. This old school approach to parenting has, so far, worked in my favor. Just as it has for millions (and millions) of parents before me throughout the ages.

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I Wish It Was Five Years Ago

I hate when Facebook shows 'memories' that date back to when Lyrical thrived, and our family had, not only financial stability, but a bit of a surplus. More than being able to take vacations, we laid our head on our pillows each night and slipped off to sleep without a care in the world. We weren't wealthy. Not by any means. But our bills were paid (often in advance). If our daughters needed something, we were able to provide it for them without life's little 'extras' hitting us in the wallet.

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Migraines Made Me Want to Rip My Brain Out of Out My Skull

During my twenties, I'd get a weird...tingly...sensation on my scalp. Like, right where a ponytail sat. So, I stopped wearing ponytails. Guess what? The sensation continued. Eventually, I went to a general practitioner. He sent me to a dermatologist. The dermatologist assumed it was a reaction to something, and sent me on my way. A few months ago, I started getting headaches. All. The. Time.

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Celebrating Father's Day

As much as I focus on the less-than-glamours aspects of motherhood, I gotta admit that at the end of the day, I'm pretty much hailed as a goddess by Frankie and the girls. I'm the one they thanks for dinner - even if Frankie cooked the meal. We take the kids to see a movie? I get thanked for it even though Frankie and I both planned the outing. And on it goes, throughout our daily lives.

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