Jeanne Owens, author

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Kid – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He hadn’t been home in a long time and he wasn’t sure what to expect, but as soon as he walked in and saw the Christmas decorations and smelled cookies baking in the kitchen, he felt like a kid again. He called out, and when his mother answered happily from the kitchen, he grinned and ran to go help her with the cookies like he used to.

This day-late post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “kid”:


Revising Published Work

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Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. This post is one I never thought I’d write because it involves an undertaking that I never saw myself doing. Revising published work.

“I hate writing, but I love having written.”

Dorothy Parker

I can’t say I agree with Ms. Parker. I love writing. I also love when the finished product is published. There was a time when I disliked editing, but there’s something satisfying about taking that first draft and revising it once, twice, three times, or more. It’s gratifying to see your story evolve from a raw, sometimes convoluted mess, into a published “work of art.”

No matter how much I love a story, by the time it gets to the publication stage, I no longer want to look at it. Why? Because no matter how many times I edit, I always find something that I would have done differently or…

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A Handy Formula for Writing the Perfect Book Blurb – by Lewis Jorstad…

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on The Novel Smithy:

Imagine you’re browsing your favorite bookstore…

After a while, you find a novel you’re interested in. The title is intriguing, and the cover catches your eye—but what next? Well, if you’re like most readers, you’ll flip the book over and read the book’s description. This is that novel’s book blurb, and it’s often the final test readers use to determine if a novel is worth their time.

Because of this, writing a successful book blurb is a critical skill to learn if you plan to self-publish a novel—and also a difficult one to master. Fortunately, rather than having to create your book’s description from scratch, there’s actually a handy formula you can use to write the perfect fiction book blurb!

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Flag Day 2021

So very true!

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We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth; peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home…but when we look at our flag and behold it with all our rights we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty done.

~ Calvin Coolidge ~

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Writing Organizations – The Good -The Bad – The Ugly

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Hello SErs! It’s Jan here today to talk about something I’m sure we’ve all experienced on our writing journey – Writing Organizations and groups.

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Let’s face it. Writing is a solitary endeavor. We close our doors, isolate ourselves and block out the world while we create worlds. But that’s where the isolation ends. We are not an island unto ourselves when it comes to publishing our work and marketing it to the masses. We need a support system, or two. So, then comes the big question, ‘where do we go to find the support we need and that we can equally reciprocate?’

To find the answer, we often turn to the internet in search of writing organizations or groups that will be the perfect fit for us as individuals. But more often than not, our association with writing groups comes about through personal recommendations or…

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7 Clues that Reveal Writing is Part of Your Life’s Purpose – by Colleen M. Story…

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on Writers Helping Writers:

It’s one thing to enjoy writing. It’s another to believe that writing is part of your life’s purpose.

How can you tell which may be the case for you? Watch for the following seven clues.

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#TenThingsYouMayNotKnow – About Jeanne Owens

Thanks for this fun opportunity to share a little about myself, Marcia!

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Please welcome today’s guest, Jeanne Owens, the first brave soul to share ten things about herself that you might not already know. Jeanne, I commend you for emailing me right away, and I’m happy to share your list with everyone. 

Ten Things You May Not Know About Me
by Jeanne Owens

1. I was born and raised in Virginia, and still live there.

2. My first time flying was when I went to Ireland in 2004 as part of a study abroad trip with a group from a local community college. I’d love to go back again someday.

3. I am interested in the paranormal, and have had a couple of odd experiences but I’m not sure if they were really paranormal or not.

4. I’m an amature photographer and love taking photos of nature and the moon.

5. I’m a bit of a geek, enjoying among other things: Star…

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A Little More About the Hierarchy of Needs

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share similar to 3.0 Unported license.

Hi, SEers John with you again. My last post opened a discussion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs related to our writing job. If you missed the post, HERE it is again.

This time I hope to have a little discussion of each of the pieces of the Pyramid so that an idea may be generated on how movement between the levels can be a more controlled process.

Physiological Needs

We all agree the writing job is a tough one. Can you imagine trying to get in a fully creative posture if you don’t know where your next meal is coming from or experiencing homelessness? It is pretty tough to even think about writing when these conditions are present. Granted, not many of us have these basic dire situations, but there are subtle situations that can serve to keep you…

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Jade – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Jade cleared the final booby trap and grinned as she approached the jade idol at the far end of the chamber. The dangerous journey and all the traps may have jaded the others, but not her. She came from a family of adventurers, so it was in her blood. Plus, she loved the excitement and thrill of the chase.

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “jade”: