Writer Wednesday – The Dangers of the Echo Chamber and Why Handwriting Is Important

We are surrounded more and more by media - social media, augmented reality games, television commercials at gas stations; the list goes on.  I'm the first to admit that the internet can bring people together - I am, after all, writing this on  blog I started with some friends, all of whom are geographically scattered. But I have noticed the echo chamber can have an unhealthy effect.  Psycho...
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The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
Wow.  It's hard to believe it's already well into the second week of May already.  It feels like it should still be April.  Or, if I'm being honest, January. Of 2010. But I digress. We all know that time seems to whizz by.  No sooner do we put away the holiday decorations and it's time to take them out again.  So, too, for writing groups.  I've noticed small groups tend to wax and wan...
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End mind, beginner's mind?  We're at the end of our challenge for this month, the April A to Z Blog Challenge.  Six of the WZG crew participated this month, and we've brought you all sorts of content from, well, A to Zen.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Why Zen?  Why Writer Zen Garden? One of the central ideas of Zen Buddhism is to be in the now.  By being fully in t...
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Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...
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Whoops! R Is For I Gotta wRite Something Quick!

So, I have a cold.  I went hunting around in my archives for a funny picture and came across this gem, snapped by my partner in crime, Rachel Wilder. With friends like these, ... Of course, it captures perfectly how I feel right at this moment, even though it was taken some time ago when I'd just gotten out of bed and was trying to do morning pages.  :) Today is my day to post somethi...
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N is for Nice Girls Writing Naughty

  Since I am not affiliated personally with the blog Nice Girls Writing Naughty, I feel it’s not inappropriate to promote the group. On the other hand our own very dear and talented team of A. Catherine Noon and Rachel Wilder are very justifiably represented. I can personally vouch that these two are both extremely nice. And they write some extremely delicious naughtiness. In case you h...
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For the Love of a Library

I didn't like books at first.  I liked it when my dad read to me, but I didn't read myself.  I learned how to read interesting books around age six, graduating from the boring "See Jane Run" types.  My mother had a set from when she was a child that were graded by year, and I read those.  But something was still missing. Then my father took me to the library and showed me how to find good b...
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The F Word

The deuce, you say?
I bet you thought I mean that eff word, eh? Uh-huh.  Busted. F Is For Friendship! I have been blessed by the internet.  No, not because I sent a hundred thousand spams requesting money because I'm a Nigerian prince, or because I offered to provide an enlargement product, and not even to act as a marriage broker for offshore women.  No, I've been blessed by the internet with some of the best f...
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Writer Wednesday – Writing In the Face of Life

Image ©2015 A. Catherine NoonAll Rights ReservedThough John Lennon is credited with "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans," it's apparently Allen Saunders who first said it. Regardless of who it was who came up with it, they were right.  It's always something.  Which, coincidentally, is the title of a book by Gilda Radner, It's Always Something.So how doe...
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Writer Wednesday – New Release, News, and a Question

I'm very excited! The next novel in the Emerald City Shifters is out - SEALED BY MAGIC. We're so excited with the cover; Valerie Tibbs is the artist and she did a fantastic job. The cover art process is interesting. We fill out a form with information about the book including the plot, character descriptions, and key descriptions. Valerie took that little bit of information and made an a...
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