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    Friday Five: What Are You Reading?

    It’s been a while since I’ve shared what I am reading. As usual, I have a pile, perhaps even more than five but I will attempt to keep my list to that number. Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders by Susanne Alleyn – I’m in the process of doing some research for a novel I will be writing this year, maybe, and this book seemed like a good idea. Although I have just started reading it, I am recommending it for anyone who is considering writing historical fiction. By Cunning & Craft by Peter Selgin – The subtitle says “sound advice and practical wisdom for fiction writers” and that is exactly…

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    Friday Five: The Five Books I am Currently Reading

    How many of you are avid readers? If so, do you read only one book at a time? Or, are you like me and have a stack of books with dog-eared pages somewhere in the middle. My nightstand is a constant reminder to read. I am often too tired, still, each night I go to bed and this is the last thing that I see. Today’s Friday Five is my list of the books I am currently reading, in no particular order: 1. Maya Angelou: Poems 2. the life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo 3. The Frequency of Souls by Mary Kay Zuravleff 4. Narrative Design by Madison…

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    Successful Blogging in a Crowded Field

    Recently I read a blog post written by Jon Morrow of boostblogtraffic.com about why some bloggers are more successful than others. Mr. Morrow’s theory is that some bloggers are “dumb” or rather more successful bloggers approach their craft from a different, smarter way. This idea is that bloggers who are successful are those who seek information all the time, ┬áboth in their niche and many others areas. They read widely on a variety of topics. The author of this particular blog post had a schedule of study. Between listening to audio books, reading nonfiction and fiction and paying attention to the world around him, he was able to approach his…