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It happens to all of us…

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bad hare day

Have you ever had one of those days when you wish you could go back to bed and just start over? Or perhaps just skip it altogether?

Today started out that way. But after taking some time off to just play with my furry kids, the day got better. Funny, how they always manage to do that!

Do any of you find that having a little playtime with the pets helps you unwind and de-stress? What are some ways your pets help you relax?

Have a great weekend, and hug your furry friends! – Amber & Christian

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Heroes

Thank you to all the heroes! God bless you all!

Christian's Critters

I remember. I was in my van alone, at work and I turned on the radio. The DJ was babbling in his normal way, and I didn’t want to hear chatter, just music. I turned the dial to another station, and they were chattering too, something about a “horrible situation”. I turned to a 3rd station. This time I heard the words, along with the panic in the DJ’s voice.

I remember the feeling as strongly today, as that day 13 years ago. A feeling that swept through this nation. There were many tears, along with fear, anxiety, and anguish. But slowly, in the following hours and days, almost like a faint whisper, a sense of unity, a bond of comradery began to spread. It was unspoken, like a somber resolve of peace and determination. And a silent hope grew as so many came together to help.

I remember the images showing…

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A friend recently shared a question they had been asked about what is considered “good writing”. As I’ve come to learn, it is related to the old saying, “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”. There is no such thing as a book that every single person in the world is going to like. And the criteria for what constitutes a good book as just as varied as the people that read.

Yes, there are certain key points to remember when writing. Things such as spelling mistakes, poor grammar and vocabulary, can all ruin a good story. Editing and proofreading are necessary tools of the trade. But since people’s preferences in their reading choices are so varied, how does an author know how to write a “good book”?

The best answer I’ve come up with is this: an author usually writes for one of two reasons. They have a particular message they wish to share, or they have a creative imagination that likes to make up stories. Sometimes they combine both.

In either case, the author wants to connect in some way with their readers. I think perhaps the best way to do that is to simply write from the heart, as if writing for yourself. Write something that you would enjoy reading. At least that is what works for me.

Since there are so many curious minds out there seeking advice on writing, for this week’s #FridayForwards post, I decided to do things a little differently. Instead of listing books, I decided to share a few links to a few blogs of other authors. These authors share tips and advice about writing on occasion that are well worth looking into for those considering taking on the journey of becoming an author, as well as those already on that journey.

I hope you’ll take a moment and check out these blogs. And make sure to leave a comment. We all love to hear from our readers, and the feedback helps us to improve in our work.

Keep on writing, and have a great weekend! – Amber

Blogs:

Timothy Pike of “Dream, Play, Write” http://theimportanceofbeingedited.wordpress.com/

Lisette Brodey, author http://lisettebrodey.com/category/blog/

Melissa Foster, author http://www.melissafoster.com/resources-for-writers/

#FridayForwards #authors #writing #TBSU

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