MARCH MADNESS Check-In: Day 21


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So, that happened.

I’ve got good news and not-so-good news.

Let’s start with the good first. Good is always, well, good, right? It serves as a nice buffer, methinks.

How about a prize? I’d like to give away another prize from our huge prize arsenal. Today’s winner is…

Linda C. Butler!

Congratulations, Linda! Stop by our goal-setting post and choose a faboo prize from those still available. Please email Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com with your choice and we’ll fire it off ASAP.

Check back with us daily for more great prizes, awesome blog posts, and camaraderie that make up the Madness in March!

I want to take a moment to thank my fellow blog hosts for inspiring me to pay it forward with some inspiration of my own.

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MARCH MADNESS Check-In: Day 14


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We’re halfway through this creative road trip. How goes it on your side of the screen?

In the spirit of “it’s never too late,” if you’re reading this and have not yet signed up ==> SET YOUR GOALS AND JOIN THE FUN!

As Week Two of March Madness draws to a close, I begin to wonder about the lateness of it all. If we liken the situation to the glass half empty or half full perspective, are we two weeks too late or do we still have two weeks to shine?

Well, you know I like shiny things.

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How was your first week of March Madness?

Kudos to those who have braved the storm (literally and figuratively) to achieve their goals in Week One. And if you’re reading this and have not yet signed up, what are you waiting for? SET YOUR GOALS AND JOIN THE FUN!

Heads-up for some of the visual accoutrements. Nothing too graphic, anatomically speaking, but it certainly gets the intended sentiment across to the audience. 🙂

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LEARNING (a.k.a. 5 Aha Moments on My Writing Journey)

I consider myself a perpetual student in the School of Life (more on that in my Week in Review post this coming Sunday). Thus, writing is a lifelong process with constant room for improvement. As with life, in writing I’m always learning something new each day and it makes me a better writer.

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When I was still in the single digits, I wrote with pencil and paper. I soon graduated to pen and notebook. When technology afforded me other means, I began clicking away on keys. Words appeared, amber text on a black screen, then as computer systems evolved, white text on blue. The days before I Macified my life, I had my trusty Commodore Amiga and saved my words on a floppy disk.

Look how far we’ve come.

I’ve mentioned before how lucky we are in this technological age. It’s a great time to be a writer.

Beyond the technology, I’ve certainly seen an evolution in my writing. From research, pre-writing, technique down to word choice, all have improved over the years.  When I had the chance to decompress from all the 2013 NaNo frenzy, I went over my stories, some dating back over a decade. I began to notice similar themes and tropes. Whether consciously or unconsciously, these observations are too frequent to ignore and are important to the WHAT YOU KNOW Series.

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