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Spring’s The Thing — Finally!

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The reason this post is late? Mega snow day today. It’s still coming down, though we’re only expecting about four to eight inches. Which means everything here has come to a halt. And the littles have no school. So I’m scrambling to squeeze in some work. And man, can I NOT WAIT for Spring. Ideally,…
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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Writing Life

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There’s still plenty of snow and ice outside, and the groundhogs were divided on whether spring really is right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to a little spring cleaning while you wait for the thaw (unless you live in a place where you’re already wearing shorts and tending to your…
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News Flash: Cake, Pie, and Muffins

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Congratulations to Rhonda Lomazow, winner of LITTLE BLACK LIES by guest author Sandra Block! Check back next Sunday for this week’s winner of DOVE ARISING by guest author Karen Bao …     From the 2015 Debs: Colleen Oakley had a short work week, since three days of rain kept her children home with her (here…
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The Only Guarantee in Writing Is Rejection

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I started my writing career batting a thousand. The first story I ever submitted won a local writing contest. $500!!! It was the most money I ever earned from a short story. The second short story I ever submitted came in second place in a writing contest for a national magazine. $300!!! I was on…
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Rejection Equals Writer Fuel

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I’ve shared here on the DebBall before my sad, terrible, no good tale of soul-shattering rejection. As writers, we’ve all faced our share of rejections — and the bad news is, just having a book out in the world doesn’t mean the end of it. Nope, you’ll still get countless rejections every time you go…
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