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Book Reviews Moving!!

I’ll be moving all my Book Reviews to a different blog. Sorry folks! If you’re looking for my reviews, you’ll have to check out the blog for my writing group. https://avidwriterscv.wordpress.com/blog/ I hope you’ll check out that blog, and consider leaving a comment or two! 🙂 Missy

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How Writers Write Fiction: Storied Women

I did a really stupid thing and signed up for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) through the University of Iowa.  It started on October 11, and will end on November 21.  (See why I’m a bit insane?)  If I spend time doing assignments and watching lectures for the MOOC, it’ll take away from my NaNoWriMo time.  But I’m trying to do both!  Like a crazy person! So far so good.  I’m enjoying the class.  I’m running a bit late…

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NaNoWriMo 2016 Prep

Always intimidated by NaNoWriMo?  I wrote a blog post here on how to Brainstorm and plot out your novel.  Not exactly easy, though it’s broken down pretty well there.  Here’s my thought process so far–I know I have (only) 23 days until NaNoWriMo 2016 begins! P.S.  You can friend me on NaNoWriMo here.  Please do!  I’d love to keep in contact there! NaNoWriMo 2016 is just around the corner.  So you know what that means.  Everyone who’s a plotter (like me)…

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Finding Comic Book Apparel for Women

If you’re a geeky girl like me (or even, a geeky woman? A geek mom?) you know how hard it can be to find apparel with the things you love printed on it. When I was looking for “May the Fourth” apparel for myself and my two daughters, I couldn’t find a single t-shirt at the Disney store. C’mon, Disney. Girls like Star Wars, too. (I actually wrote about that experience on my blog when it happened.) So, imagine my…

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Three Reasons to Support Your Local Girl Scout Troop by Buying Cookies This Year

We’ve all seen them: little girls wearing blue tunics or vests, brown sashes, sometimes green hats and skirts. They stand in front of banks and supermarkets and hardware stores peddling their brightly colored boxes of deliciousness. The price has gone up, again, and though what the girls sell is addictive and only available once a year, it’s hard to justify spending that much on cookies. But we should. Here are three reasons why. 1.) We’re teaching today’s girls to be…

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