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I am so excited to announce that my short memoir “Old Betsy’s Obituary” will be featured in the quirky and fantastic Garbanzo Literary Journal! Some of you may remember this piece won first place in 2013 for a competition at the North Carolina Media Association Statewide Media Awards. My work will appear in Garbanzo #5 to be published at the end of March. I am thrilled that my work will be featured at this wonderful literary journal. If you’re interested, please buy a copy when it’s published and check it out!

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The Monday Post: Links for Readers and Writers

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I am continuing a series (inspired by Electric Literature) where I post important links for writers and readers on Mondays. They may be old links or new links, but they’ll be ones that I find the most interesting or helpful. I’m also adding a few new categories. If there are any particular topics you’d like to read about, please feel free to suggest them in a comment on this post.

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Book Review: Thief of Glory

book copyright Sigmund Brouwer
book copyright Sigmund Brouwer

Young Jeremiah Prins begins his life in privilege in the Dutch East Indies. His family is affluent and served by the locals. All of this changes when the Japanese begin their imperial expansion and invade what is now known as Indonesia. Separated from his father and older brothers, Jeremiah takes charge of what is left of his family — his mother and younger siblings. The Japanese eventually round them up and put them in a jappenkamp where there is little food and little medical care. Jeremiah learns to find creative ways to take care of his family while waiting out what feels like an endless war. As more and more people die from lack of nutrition and disease, Jeremiah’s life becomes increasingly dangerous.

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Weekend Writing: Music as Your Muse

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"Music listener" by Kashirin Nickolai - http://www.flickr.com/photos/nkashirin/5325053378/. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Music_listener.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Music_listener.jpg

[Photo: “Music listener” by Kashirin Nickolai]

I’m a visual learner, so I often use photographs as inspiration for writing. Occasionally, however, I’ll listen to a composition by a band or singer that makes me vividly image a scene or a story in my mind. Music is a powerful tool. Like all art, it can inspire. That is this week’s challenge, are you up to it?

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Chicken Sandwich, low quality food, fast food, By Evan-Amos (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Copyright Evan Amos

So I’ve written a new short story. It’s called “Nourishment” and it is about a traveling preacher-in-training that goes into a diner. It is written in second person. In less than 1000 words, a saucy, colorful waitress in the diner tests the faith of the main character.

The first half of this piece was a breeze. It was the second half that dragged me down. I need to do some editing and revising before I submit it.

This story is for week one. I have to write one more story for week two by Saturday. Okay fellow readers, any ideas on a direction I should take?

Here We Go Again… My New Year’s Resolutions

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Image source: http://articles.hotsaucegames.com/introducing-the-hotsaucegames-weekly-writing-competition/

[Image source: hotsaucegames.com]

New Year’s resolutions are infamous for being unrealistically optimistic, as life usually steps in to bulldoze our plans. That being said, I am — believe it or not — an optimist (I blame it on an increasingly healthy diet), and therefore have started to make New Year’s resolutions and stick to them as best I can. While I have more personal ones that I’ve made, I want to share with you my writing and reading objectives for the year.

Please feel free to share your goals for 2015 in the comments on this post, as I’d love to read about them and cheer for you.

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Book Review: All the Bright Places

Copyright Jennifer Niven, cover, All the Bright Places, YA, young adult, fiction, novel, book, Finch, Violet, mental illness, suicide
Copyright Jennifer Niven

When Theodore Finch climbs the steps of the bell tower to commit suicide, he does not expect to find Violet Markey standing on the ledge, also ready to end her life. It is here that they officially meet and both prevent each other from doing what they had planned to do. Their relationship quickly changes into something much more as the two of them discover each others’ secrets.

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