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New Release: Heart of the Dragon by S.D. Grady: Author Interview

New Release: Heart of the Dragon by S.D. Grady: Author Interview

Today I am interviewing  Author S.D. Grady.  She has just had a Fantasy romance novel released,  and while the book meets all the criteria for great fantasy writing, there is something about the work  that also feels a lot like  a historical novel. Her new book, Heart

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Writing Groups #3: Taking Criticism from Other Writers, Part 2

Writing Groups #3: Taking Criticism from Other Writers, Part 2

 The Catalog of Good, Bad and Ugly I will be vulnerable here and reiterate a few less than favorable things that have been said about my work over the years.  Along the way, anyone who writes (or so I am assuming) creates a mental catalog of various

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Writing Groups #2: Accepting Help and Criticism from Other Writers: Part 1

Writing Groups #2: Accepting Help and Criticism from Other Writers: Part 1

Putting Yourself Out There Writing is about vulnerability, about putting yourself and parts of your mind/reaction to the world on display for others to see, think about, and participate in. Because you are so vulnerable and open, you have to know when to take help/criticism from you

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Writing Groups: #1: The Benefits of Community

Writing Groups: #1: The Benefits of Community

Should you or shouldn’t you . . . join a writing group? That is a question you really have to ask yourself. Many people work alone and don’t need connection to or the camaraderie of other people. Sometimes art does flourish in solitude and solitary pursuit. More

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Graphic for Front of CelestialPlaces.com website

Graphic for Front of CelestialPlaces.com website

Tentative front page for a site I am developing: www.celestialplaces.com. The idea is to collect different visions of the sacred and the heavens and compile them on one site. This is something I am doing for myself. If anyone else finds it useful, well that is just

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Writing contests … sometimes “abomidible”

Writing contests … sometimes “abomidible”

I have entered a writing contest once in my life. The entry could only be 1,500 words long.  Most of my efforts at “short stories” land me in the 20 page range. Believe it or not, I admire people who are terse but it is not one

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Knitted Snow Flake Mandala

Knitted Snow Flake Mandala

Another day, another mandala.  I promise the color turquoise will not be in them all. This one looks knitted and is very layered.  While it has a cold effect, strangely it also looks like it might be able to convey some warmth because of the texturing.  On

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Mandalas: Turquoise Blossom

Mandalas: Turquoise Blossom

I blathered enough in the last post about Mandalas. I mentioned why I do them and how I feel about them.  This one is different because it is blended and looks a bit like an agate  while looking like some strange flower as well. Agates are among

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Mandalas: an obsession

Mandalas: an obsession

What is a mandala? From the Merriam Webster Dictionary: A geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. Such a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness. It is a circular design, with rays and designs coming out of the circle. Kaleidoscopes

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Raven pattern experiment

Raven pattern experiment

Experimenting with a textile design. Don’t know who would wear it or why, but I love the colors.  It might make a good background on a blog. I have a major thing for ravens and crow. Can’t explain it. Just drawn to their lively ways and raucous

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