Books, Writing

It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post, By Erika Marks

In honor of  the release of Erika Marks's debut novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO (yes, today's the day!!!), I'm re-posting the essay she wrote for my Get Inspired series back in January. Please read/re-read, and then run out and pick up your copy of LITTLE GALE! Happy book birthday to a wonderfully talented and supportive writing friend. Enjoy your day, Erika! ********** It… Continue reading It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post, By Erika Marks

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On Being A More Observant Writer (Or, Why Is There Still A Poinsettia In My Kitchen?)

Every fall, on the day after Thanksgiving, my family and I take part in our annual tradition of dragging out of all of the Christmas boxes, and competing in the, "Who can last the longest at putting up all of the decorations?" contest. I always win. On January 1st we hold another competition. This one's called, "Who can last the… Continue reading On Being A More Observant Writer (Or, Why Is There Still A Poinsettia In My Kitchen?)

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Writing And Revising: It’s Not Always Peas And Carrots

  Some things just go together. In the movie, Forrest Gump, the lovable, simple Forrest illustrates his relationship with childhood friend and true love by saying, "Me and Jenny was like peas and carrots."  He's telling the world that they're a good match, a balanced two-some, and that their differences complement each other. (My picky-eater son, however, might… Continue reading Writing And Revising: It’s Not Always Peas And Carrots

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Blogging Paranoia…(It’s All About Me!)

Since I'm rapidly approaching my one year blogging anniversary (and am in the midst of a busy week), I thought I would share one of my older posts. Happy Blogging!   Before I started Amanda's Wrinkled Pages, I had never intentionally read or sought out another blog.  Borrowing from that timeless classic of artistic expression, Pretty Woman, I'll say, "Close… Continue reading Blogging Paranoia…(It’s All About Me!)

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That Crazy Dream About Your High School Locker (and Finding Answers)

  So, I've been having that dream a lot lately. You know, the one where you're back in high school with your big ideas and your bigger hair, wearing nothing but a plastic...wait a second. I mean the one where you can't remember your locker combination. It's funny, because I never worried about forgetting those three secret numbers when I… Continue reading That Crazy Dream About Your High School Locker (and Finding Answers)

Books, Writing

The Reader’s Heart — It Wants Too Much

The weather is finally starting to warm up (sort of), and I've already been blinded by my first deathly pale, well-fed belly of the season (sadly, true). These two indicators, along with the increased unruliness of school-aged children everywhere, all mean one thing: The final movie of the Harry Potter franchise will soon be in theaters! Oh, and it's also almost summer.… Continue reading The Reader’s Heart — It Wants Too Much