A Mother’s Confession

She’s dying. Death had already made himself quite comfortable at the foot of her bed, patiently waiting like time. Still. Calm. He has a distinct scent, Death, and is always with us now. He’s the only other in my mother’s life. She has no one but us. I lift her easily in my arms to set her by the window. Death has helped me by making her light. She loves looking out the window at the big oak, older than she, that seems to be molting; she loves the way the leaves, orange and red and brown, have blown against the side of the house and won’t let me rake … Read more…

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Madness in 500 words or less

Our challenge this weekend was to write about madness in 500 words or less.  This was not an easy challenge since madness can encompass so much.  Let me know what you think about this!   “Hey, y’all… for the finale, let’s stack all fifteen of these Roman candles on top of the Blossom Blasters with the M80s underneath and see what happens!” “Hell, yeah! We can turn this plastic bucket upside down and load it all up on top of it to make ‘em go higher!” It took us ten minutes to put together our masterpiece on top of a 10-gallon plastic bucket turned upside down. Beau took the blunt … Read more…

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Writing Prompts for the Flying M-Inklings

Here is our writing prompt for this week. Our challenge was to create a new response to the following prompt: First line: Manipulating people is so easy. I almost stopped doing it; almost. In the text: I can’t help it. I lie all the time. Last line: Sometimes it’s best not to go home again Our next submission is from Daisy Rain.  Let us know what you think! Manipulating people is so easy I almost stopped doing it. Almost. In my defense, I’ve always tried to use my powers for good and not evil. Well… almost. There was the time that I flirted with the guy in the repair shop so he’d replace the … Read more…

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Being a New Author and Writing Non-Fiction is TOUGH! So, I Made Sure and Did it TWICE!

A really brilliant writer and literary agent, Amanda Luedeke, wrote a blog post recently for another brilliant writer and literary agent, Chip MacGregor. You should read it if you are a non-fiction writer or thinking about becoming one. The post didn’t discourage new writers from writing non-fiction, per se, but Amanda was definitely clear about non-fiction authors having to have a well-established platform. Without one, it’s going to be very difficult to sell books which will make it very difficult for new writers who are trying to break into the industry to get a publisher to pick up their work. If Madonna wants to write non-fiction, she should do it … Read more…

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Abundance, Plums and Where Scarcity Comes From

You know why I believe in abundance? Plums. My Katie called a month of Saturdays ago and said, “It’s time.”   I have witnessed first-hand Katie’s 6’5” husband, Rick, standing on a ladder (making him almost ten feet tall) shaking that plum tree until it’s buck naked. (Butt naked? This is a running debate at my house…) In any case, Katie and the twinners, Emma and Caleb, and Riley, the incessantly barking dog, take cover because those plums rain down on us like purple hail, and we scurry to pick them up and put them in buckets. And buckets, and buckets, and buckets. That tree and all of the resulting … Read more…

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Musings for Aspiring Scribes

My dear editor and friend, Donna K. Wallace, told me one day that I needed to start a blog, so I had one up and running by the end of the day. Lately, I’ve been approached by people in the Rainy Dais Community who have expressed interest in starting their own blogs, and they’ve asked for my expertise in this area. God bless these deluded souls who believe that I have expertise. I don’t. I am about as technically adept as a kangaroo driving a car—just ask my 24-year-old son. However, I managed to do it, and so can you. If you have half the aptitude that I have, here … Read more…

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know about the World, I Learned in My Garden

My first attempt at gardening didn’t look anything like this. It looked more like somebody launched a seed grenade behind my fence, shut the gate, and allowed the chaos of nature to do its handiwork. I referred to it as my Crack Plants. What can I say? I’m from the middle of the Nevada desert and was more like the Grim Reaper of Gardening than Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary – no silver bells or cockle shells up in these here parts. Still, I soldiered on, subjecting my strawberries to shade, forcing my potatoes and tomatoes to live next to each other (just because plants’ names somewhat rhyme does not make … Read more…

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The Power of Synergy: How to Start a Writing Group

The chemistry generated by creative people is not to be underestimated. If you are a creative, you already know that. Ideas become things. Whether you’re sitting in a think tank with people you trust and respect trying to brainstorm ideas for a blog, or editing a chapter for one of your mates who wants to publish a book, or simply working on a poem or story that’s been stuck in your head for three weeks and won’t go away – five or six heads are better than one. However, to become greater than the sum of your parts, you must find the right combination of people. This can be a … Read more…

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