Archive for August 2009

It Happened!

I GOT A MACBOOK!!! Okay, I was planning to be all clever and build suspense with my revelation of this fact, but I am just too excited. I HAVE A LAPTOP!!! My own, my love, my precious!!I kiss you, you beautiful, beautiful thing! For those of you who have been around here, you’ll know that…

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Lessons taught, Lessons learned

Today the ice cream truck drove down our quiet street. When my daughter got the hard news that we would not be purchasing any ice cream, she dissolved into a first class display of tears and mournful cries. In the midst of her anguish, she spontaneously started to draw this picture. Note the hand, outstretched…

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Remember my Rule?

My set in stone, unrelenting rule that I was NOT allowed on the internet during the hours my daughter is in school? Yeah . . . Oh well, I have an excuse, sort of. Many of you know (thanks to my habit of spilling my personal dramas and turmoils all over my blog) that I…

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Photoshop Friday

I usually try to keep my Photoshop Friday’s writing related, but I figured I’d digress today given the special occasion. And what occasion is that, you might ask? Today, my lovely little daughter started Kindergarten!!! BIG day. That’s why I’ve named this weeks post:Hallelujah! Here she is, my creative, clever, sparkling girl. (Yes, I am…

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In which Renee uses her blog as a Twitter substitute

“I am grateful for the wise words of people who truly understand me. You know who you are, and you rock.”

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Status Seekers and Storytellers

Tonight, during our weekly trip to Barnes and Noble, I purchased a very interesting read. The book, The Fire in Fiction by. Donald Maas begins with the suggestion that there are two kind of writers: status seekers and storytellers. Very simply put, status seekers want publication. Storytellers want to tell the best stories possible. This…

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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

(curse you, small town internet problems!) Anyway, I still wanted to send a HUGE shout out to my friend Kiersten. She just signed a THREE BOOK DEAL WITH HARPER TEEN!!! WOO HOO!!! Let me tell you guys, I’ve read this book and it’s brilliant. I am not surprised in the slightest that it got snapped…

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A Glimpse into my Tormented Mind

For the past few days, my mind has been churning over the subject of concept, or ideas. My friend Kiersten actually wrote a post on the matter today, and it got me thinking. Her stance is: work is what it all boils down to. Good, old fashioned hard work. And who am I to disagree?…

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Photoshop Friday

Ideas, in their Many Forms As writers, we are constantly on the lookout for new ideas. And, if the Muses are kind, they come to us eventually. I’ve been thinking lately about the different ways that these idea arrive. Here are a few I’ve met. The Go NowhereI begin with, arguably, the most common type…

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Tomorrow, I swear.

Today has been a very busy day. I’ve been running all over town, getting things ready for one very special moment. And what moment was that? Well, I finally submitted my short story to the Writers of the Future Contest! Let me tell you, it was a very satisfying moment to put my baby into…

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