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Just Call Me Marian | The Magic Happens (TMH)

Did you know that here, in the United States, there is a National Day on Writing? I didn’t either until I received an invite from the local library to participate in their month long festivities.

Celebrating July – by Annette Rochelle Aben | The Magic Happens (TMH)

Celebrating July – by Annette Rochelle Aben

I spent last weekend in Winchester at the annual SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference, in the company of nearly 200 wonderful writers and illustrators. I've come b...

How the SCBWI Conference Blew My Mind

I spent last weekend in Winchester at the annual SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference, in the company of nearly 200 wonderful writers and illustrators.

When there’s a case of multiple murders, there’s often a question of whether they were committed by the same person, or by more than one person. If the murders seem to have been committed in exactl...

A Lack of Originality*

When there’s a case of multiple murders, there’s often a question of whether they were committed by the same person, or by more than one person. If the murders seem to have been committed in exactl.

Writer’s Quote Wednesday MAGIC  Magic!  Ah…  This is a theme that plays into my wheelhouse in many ways. First, I was married to an amateur magician.  That’s right, and after 9 years of marri…

Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge Magic

Writer’s Quote Wednesday MAGIC Magic! Ah… This is a theme that plays into my wheelhouse in many ways. First, I was married to an amateur magician. That’s right, and after 9 years of marri…

No empty comforts; Her wicked lies in my head Melting my resolve The space she has left... Home comforts melt into air As I head for sin. Within her black heart, Only evil. No comfort. Her mind voi...

Haiku – From Bad to Worse

No empty comforts; Her wicked lies in my head Melting my resolve The space she has left. Home comforts melt into air As I head for sin. Within her black heart, Only evil. Her mind voi.

When it comes to writing, don't be too shortsighted.

The Need for Farsightedness

If you rent your home, rather than own it, then you have a landlady/landlord, or perhaps there’s a company that owns the property. Either way, there’s a certain relationship between property owners...

The Landlady Said, ‘You Got the Rent Money Yet?’

If you rent your home, rather than own it, then you have a landlady/landlord, or perhaps there’s a company that owns the property. Either way, there’s a certain relationship between property owners.

I'm not teaching at the moment - I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy's course Write a Prize Winning Story last week. I am already missing the ...

I'm not teaching at the moment - I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy's course Write a Prize Winning Story last week. I am already missing the .

Long Row - a story with a great inspiring lesson. Be kind to yourself.

Long Row

Friends and I enjoyed sun, sand, and surf with other beachgoers on a recent Saturday. Sitting slathered in sticky sunscreen beneath our umbrellas, we pointlessly brushed sand from our legs as we di.

When professionals investigate a crime, they’re supposed to keep an open mind – as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot puts it, to ‘suspect everybody’ – until there’s a reason to go after one particul...

I Will Never Rest*

When professionals investigate a crime, they’re supposed to keep an open mind – as Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot puts it, to ‘suspect everybody’ – until there’s a reason to go after one particul.

I would like to introduce you all to a new friend of mine, Kate McManus from Austrailia, who writes about her house sitting experiences. I would love her job! "Have you also learned that secret fro...

I would like to introduce you all to a new friend of mine, Kate McManus from Austrailia, who writes about her house sitting experiences. "Have you also learned that secret fro.

How To Lighten Your Hair Without Bleach, Because Anything Is Possible With A Little Sun

How To Lighten Your Hair Without Bleach, Because Anything Is Possible With A Little Sun & Lemon Juice

How To Lighten Your Hair Without Bleach, Because Anything Is Possible With A Little Sun

I’m working on a couple of projects that require lined pages for interactive paper books for CreateSpace publishing. Note that I’m not suggesting this method for Kindle books, mainly because I have…

How to Create Lines for Interactive Books

What's the best thing about renting a house for the holidays? Between my jeans with stretch lycra and the fact that our AirBnB has no bathroom scale or full-length mirror, I have no idea what damag...

What's the best thing about renting a house for the holidays? Between my jeans with stretch lycra and the fact that our AirBnB has no bathroom scale or full-length mirror, I have no idea what damag.

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