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write from herewith permission of Jane L Ray
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Write from Here

I write from here in southern New Mexico (neither new nor Mexico, as they say around here) about characters in a made up town on the west coast of the United States. I’m calling the location southern Oregon.   How do I write…
Tanya D Dawson
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Close Connections

What close connections pull fictional characters Georgie Jones and Luther Andersen together, aside from the little matter of a prophecy? Grandma and Grandpa Jones Luther is a lighthouse keeper, professor, and Georgie’s eventual mentor. He's…
Relax and Do Nothing Frog
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Relax and Do Nothing

Recently I was hit with the need to relax and do nothing in an effort to relieve stress and make way for healing (shingles, for crying out loud). I don’t know about you, but being told to do nothing seemed like a dream. But it turns out that…
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Face to Face

Coming Face to Face with Your(My)self You may not expect to come face to face with yourself when writing fiction. After all, it is fiction. Though some writers may not come face to face with themselves, I’ve come to learn many do, and I’m…
Search Is On
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Search Is On!

The Search Is On! The search is on for the right agent and publisher to bring young Georgie Jones, her mentor Luther Andersen, and their friends and family to the world! On behalf of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel (as in lighthouse),…
Character origins
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Character Origins – More Revealed

Greenhouse Memory I’ve learned more origin info about my characters since my last post. My mom and paternal aunt independently corroborated history of the greenhouse I remember as a child. It actually belonged to my grandmother’s sister-in-law,…
Real Life Luthers
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Real Life Luthers

The Missouri Luther A man called Luther was a friend and helpmate of my grandparents in a little town in southwest Missouri. I met him while visiting them as a very young child. I’m not sure how I actually remember Luther, but he made a big…
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Pizza Power

Pizza Power Have you contemplated the power of pizza? I’m not talking about the robust declarations of definitive bests: Crust―thick, thin, deep dish, white, sourdough, whole grain…. Shape―round, square, avant garde…. …
Getting Personal
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Getting Personal

The instructors, Reid Tracy and Cheryl Richardson, told us in the Hay House workshop (ref my December 5, 2017 post) we need to get personal, to let people get to know us. I am convinced I heard the collective, internal groans from the writers…
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Carriage House – Both Workshop and Garage

Back in the day, people rode in carriages instead of automobiles and parked them in carriage houses. The original carriage house on the novel’s fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel estate was quite large. Luther Andersen eventually…