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Write Your Novel From the Middle by James Scott Bell





Home Cooking On the Move

April 20, 2017

Tags: Menu, cooking, country food, small towns, yum, meals, desserts, customers, food, Northeast Arkansas, Catering, Home Cooking

My little town is part Mayberry, part Cabot Cove, and all heart. The people are friendly, the streets are clean, and we love good food! We host an amazing event called Beatles At the Ridge each September (more on that in a later blog). Our residents take pride in the success of our city.

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Dabbling Won't Get the Job Done!

March 28, 2016

Confession: I've known for a long time that I was a dabbler. Dabbling is safe. Especially for people who like to write. It means writing, revising, sending your things off then waiting for a reply. During the wait, I'd dabble some more, jot down a massive number of ideas, get excited, and tackle another project. But every time a rejection popped up in my inbox, it knocked the breath right out of me. *Sigh*

Perfect timing for disappointment and despair to jet in. All my enthusiasm sucked right out my head and I gave in to self pity.

What a useless emotion.

It took me a WHILE to figure out that pity and publishing DO NOT make good buddies.

I decided to get myself in writing shape. I tossed out time-consuming activities and replaced them with things that will beef up my writing time. Now, while most of the world heads to the tv to watch their favorite character, I hug my husband and hurry to the office where I get to create my own character. While the world watches people deal with the events on the news, I get to create my own solution to the problems in my story. There's a sense of balance and gratification in that. *grin*

I discovered a precious thing. I have a cheering squad! As I settle in and begin typing, one by one, all my critters wander back to the office with me. Where Molly, my little cocker/​golden retriever writing buddy used to lay, is Ruby - a small mixture who resembles a possum. Maybelline and Bear are by the door and at least one of the cats usually sprawls on top of my honkin' big desk. These animals are my muses, my sounding boards, and my faithful cheering squad. Everybody needs a cheering squad that drools and sheds.

Point is ... if you want to write for publication, then write, don't dabble. Time is too precious. I've experienced all the commas, colons, periods, and hyphens life has to offer me. I'm ready for an honest-to-goodness exclamation point in my life! Aren't you?Confession: I've known for a long time that I was a dabbler. Dabbling is safe. Especially for people who like to write. It means writing, revising, sending your things off then waiting for a reply. During the wait, I'd dabble some more, jot down a massive number of ideas, get excited, and tackle another project. But every time a rejection popped up in my inbox, it knocked the breath right out of me. *Sigh*

Perfect timing for disappointment and despair to jet in. All my enthusiasm sucked right out my head and I gave in to self pity.

What a useless emotion.

It took me a WHILE to figure out that pity and publishing DO NOT make good buddies.

I decided to get myself in writing shape. I tossed out time-consuming activities and replaced them with things that will beef up my writing time. Now, while most of the world heads to the tv to watch their favorite character, I hug my husband and hurry to the office where I get to create my own character. While the world watches people deal with the events on the news, I get to create my own solution to the problems in my story. There's a sense of balance and gratification in that. *grin*

I discovered a precious thing. I have a cheering squad! As I settle in and begin typing, one by one, all my critters wander back to the office with me. Where Molly, my little cocker/​golden retriever writing buddy used to lay, is Ruby - a small mixture who resembles a possum. Maybelline and Bear are by the door and at least one of the cats usually sprawls on top of my honkin' big desk. These animals are my muses, my sounding boards, and my faithful cheering squad. Everybody needs a cheering squad that drools and sheds.

Point is ... if you want to write for publication, then write, don't dabble. Time is too precious. I've experienced all the commas, colons, periods, and hyphens life has to offer me. I'm ready for an honest-to-goodness exclamation point in my life! Aren't you?

Howdo!

March 23, 2016

Tags: Kids, Critters, Books, Books, Books, Recipes, Bowls, Southern Life, Small Town Life, Life, Titles for Kids, Titles for Grown Ups, Food, Foodies, Comfort Food, Love, Letters, Recipes, Observations of Life

I met a woman once who greeted everyone with Howdo! She combined the Southern Howdy with the more formal How Do You Do? And voila. Just like that, she had the perfect greeting.

I loved that! So, welcome to my blog and Howdo!

Here's the thing. A gazillion people have a blog. Why should you read this one? I can't offer tips on how to get rich, beautiful, or skinny. I can't even advise you on matters of the heart. I don't think. I'll ponder that one.

But here's what I CAN plop on your plate:

~ Observations on day stumpers - those hurtful happenings that hit us all
~ The absolute truth about middle grade kids and the books they read
~ My eclectic picks of titles for grown ups
~ Love - I thought it over. Love will definitely come up in the conversations. ; )
~ Critters
~ Letters, you know, those old timey things that are sent through the post office.
~ ... and last but not least ... some darn good recipes to put in your pretty bowls

And that's it.

If it's enough, visit me a couple times a week. If not, no hard feelings.
Be happy. Be well.
Hope to see you soon.