Missy Kirtley

Missy Kirtley

Missy Kirtley writes and teaches.
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My Fantasy Disneyland Schedule

My Fantasy Disneyland Schedule I get to go to Disneyland without children this June.  Two days of childless bliss in the Happiest Place on Earth!  It’s very exciting.  Though I know it’s going to be hot, crowded and exhausting, I’m still thrilled for the chance. I’ve been to Disneyland a couple dozen times over the course of my life and every time I go I learn something new–a new trick or treat that should make my next visit even more…

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10 Steps to Creating Lovable, Believable Characters

10 Steps to Creating Lovable, Believable Characters 1.) What does s/he look like? It’s important to have a very good vision of your character’s appearance in your mind while you write.  And keeping notes in a journal/notebook or on index cards is a good idea.  (Or another file in your computer, since that’s what kids are doing now-a-days.)  That way you don’t say the character has blue eyes in chapter 2, and then brown eyes in chapter 11.  Sometimes I…

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My Heroes: Nick Doan (and Gwen Dreyer)

My Heroes Second Installment: Nick Doan (And Gwen Dreyer) I’ve decided to write a blog post every month about someone who inspires me.  A hero in one form or another.  As so much of my life is based around reading and writing, many of these heroes are bound to be writers, bloggers, creators, artists and musicians.  Though I’m sure I’ll put other people in here, too. Gwen and I went to middle school and high school together.  She was the…

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8 Tips on Surviving an Outing with a Toddler

8 Tips on Surviving an Outing with a Toddler 1.) Don’t go. Really.  Don’t go.  If you don’t have to go out, don’t.  It’ll save you time, energy, money and stress.  Mostly stress.  And hassle.  Send your husband, wife, or partner to the store.  Or, better yet, go when the little one is asleep. But, if you do have to go… 2.) Only make one stop. If your child gets as cranky as mine does/did, then one stop is about…

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Tiny Fanfic: Audrey Weasley

There was flour everywhere.  Literally.  The walls were coated in flour dust, there was a fine layer over the floor, the countertops, the cabinets, the windowsill.  Thankfully, a quick charm could clean up the white powder, but the damage was done.  The toddler sitting in the middle of the mess was laughing hysterically and waving her Mummy’s wand all over.“No no, please!”  The tired mother, Audrey, was carrying a tiny infant against her chest.  It’d probably been three days since…

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How Are My Kids Growing So Quickly?

This year, 2014, my daughters turn 2 and 5.  I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook and other social media where people post about “on this day, x years ago, I went into labor…” where parents–mothers, mostly–remember fondly the time that led up to their children coming into the world. I don’t really remember much of my life before I had kids.  I know it’s weird to say, and probably a little sad, but in all honesty, I don’t…

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My heroes: Amy Leigh Strickland

My Heroes First Installment: Amy Leigh Strickland I’ve decided to write a blog post every month about someone who inspires me.  A hero in one form or another.  As so much of my life is based around reading and writing, many of these heroes are bound to be writers, bloggers, creators, artists and musicians.  Though I’m sure I’ll put other people in here, too. The first in My Heroes is a gal who is constantly an inspiration to me in…

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Brainstorming to Zero Draft in 10 Easy(?) Steps

I’ve participated in several rounds of NaNoWriMo (nanowrimo.org) and won the last three years running.  I’m planning on writing something new this year*, so I’ll need to brush up my “Zero Draft Writing” skills.  I figure, it’s helped me win NaNoWrimo 2011, 2012 and 2013… so maybe these notes will help someone else with their fiction writing, too. *Note: Steps 1-8 need to be completed BEFORE November 1 if the process is to be used for NaNoWriMo 2014.  This means…

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Internet Marketing for Writers and current projects

I attended a class yesterday on Internet Marketing for writers, by Bob Cohen (bobology.com). It was informative and inspiring.  It made me think that it’s time to get off of my backside, and get in gear.  I want to create marketable content for others to enjoy so that when I do end up publishing my work I will already have some people following who are likely to purchase said work.  It sounds weird when I put it that way, but…

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Brainstorming for Blog Posts

After reading a few articles about what writers should blog, I decided to make a brainstorming post with some of their ideas, that way I can reference it quickly when doing my own research. Half the time I open up my blog and go to make a post, and have no idea what I should write about, or where to start. I know I’m going about this the completely wrong way, so here’s a step in (what I hope is)…

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