Monthly Archives: February 2015

Deconstructing Strong Female Characters

Over at, Ilana Meyer offers up some great insights into writing characters of the female variety.  Here’s some excerpts that resonated with me: They should kick ass but have other talents; they shouldn’t necessarily kick ass because that’s been … Continue reading

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How Rottweilers Show Love – Confirmed

First, go read this article about Three Ways Rottweilers Say “I love you” at RottweilerLife. Porthos (shown above using one of his toys as a pillow) leaned into both Terry and I from the first day we met over Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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Look West After Sunset Tomorrow Evening

I probably won’t get to see this.  Snow is forecast for this afternoon in the KC metro area and continuing cloud cover for the next couple of days.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed and my eyes on the western horizon … Continue reading

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New Moon; Black Moon; Super Moon

Gorgeous photo of the new moon courtesy the U.S. Naval Observatory Learn more about today’s new moon in this Earthsky article: New supermoon – and Black Moon – on February 18, 2015

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History – Real and Fictional « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website Insights from Modesitt on believable world building. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. Ciao, Jon

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Grist for the Mill: What America’s Next Top Model Can Teach You About Publishing – Words of wisdom for young and old, models, actors and writers. Posted from WordPress for Android via my Samsung smartphone. Please excuse any misspellings. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Testament of Youth by Brittain (4 stars)

Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain 4 out of 5 stars Read in January/February 2015 Synopsis (via GoodReads): In 1914, just as war was declared, 20 year-old Vera Brittain was preparing to study at Oxford. Four years later, her life—and … Continue reading

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