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Pioneer Christmas by Taffy Lovell

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 Pioneer Christmas
Ma, where will we be for Christmas this year? In the Salt Lake Valley. Will we get there before Christmas? I hope so, little one. But isn’t it Christmas right now? No, dear, not yet. But there is so much snow. I know. Come along. But my feet hurt. Let me see them. I have a little material. Let me wrap them up. Will we get Christmas dinner when we get to the Valley? Grandma will have dinner ready for us. I’m hungry now. We all are. I have a little shoe leather left. Chew it as we walk. Ma, will Pa be home for Christmas? No, love, he can’t be with us anymore. Where is he? We buried him in Martin’s Cove. Will we see him again, Ma? Yes. Will he be sad to miss Christmas? I think he will be sad to not be with us. Do you know who was born on Christmas? Jesus? Yes.And His Mother and Father loved him very much. Did He grow big like me? Yes He did. And one day Jesus had to leave His family even when He didn’t want to leave. Just like Pa. And just like Jesus, Pa is in Heaven…

Trying to increase my daily word count and not hate my summertime writing

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I'm struggling with my writing right now and I'm going to blame it on the summer. I love having my kids home! I love our backyard sleepovers and movie marathons and barbecues. It's just hard to find motivation when other things are going on. or MAYBE I hate the ending of the book and need to rewrite it but I'm not sure how so that probably means I need to go back and see where the story took a wrong turn and then I need to revise it or take out the offending chapters. pantpantpant. UGH.


I just read a book about increasing word count that I really enjoyed. I mostly read the first part and skimmed the second (it dealt with plotting a novel but I'm not ready to write a new story yet).

2K to 10K: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love by Rachel Aaron

These are the three ideas I took away from the book:

1. Everyday before you open the word doc of your story, take 5 minutes to write out what you're going to write for the day.

*This is actua…

7 Summer Reads To Get You Through July

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It's officially July and it's hot, hot, hot outside (and I might have to live at the pool) and time for another roundup of summer reading. Take a look at the list and tell me in the comments your favorite summer read!



BEAUTY and the CLOCKWORK BEAST
 by Nancy Campbell Allen

Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast.

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret.


Opening line:
"It had never been proven that Lord Blackwell had killed his wife, but then the man in question hadn't actually denied it, either."

Oh my. I loved this book more than I thought I would! Because a twist on Beauty and the Beast with a twist of steampunk? I wasn't sure. But yes. I loved it.





UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
by Rene Collins

Cassandra craves drama an…