RPLA Showcase: Melody Dean Dimick

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished General Catch-All Category Backpack Blues by Melody Dean Dimick In Backpack Blues, as they try to complete their senior year at Mountain Top High unscathed, Cora and her classmates face bullies led by Ross, the football quarterback, and the self-proclaimed cool kids. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Melody Dean Dimick won First Place in the Unpublished General Catch-All category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: K E Garland

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Creative Non-Fiction The Transition by K E Garland In “The Transition,” a daughter struggles with a three-year inner conflict to either show compassion towards her estranged and dying father, or to abandon him in his time of need. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author K E Garland won First Place in the Unpublished Creative Non-Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the … Read More »

Funny Typos

“When in the course of writing events, it becomes necessary for each author to resolve ambiguities over typos. Always assume among the powers of the publishing world, the separate and equal insistence, that manuscript errors are inherently egregious. “We hold these typos to be self-evident, even though all typos are created equal, that they are unintentionally emboldened by their authors with certain ‘mistakable’ rights that among these are errors, gaffes and the pursuit of embarrassment.” For beginning writers, or any … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: John Hope

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Short Story Daddy Was Santa by John Hope In “Daddy Was Santa,” Christopher discovers a secret: Daddy’s Santa. But reality stops Christopher from having what he desires most. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author John Hope won First Place in the Published Short Story category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done in the privacy of the … Read More »

Who Has the Crystal Ball?

I’m a writer. I write about a lot of things, but my primary genre’ is middle-grade. I recently finished the first novel in what will be a series of three. It’s been proofed, edited, and it’s all shined up and ready to go. So how do I know if the time is right, if the current publishing trends are in my favor? As part of my process, I religiously search the sites listed in my Guide to Literary Agents. They … Read More »

The Writing Life: Exercise

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Work, caring for a home, kids of any age, setting boundaries to give ourselves time to write—where does exercise fit in? Who has time for that? Writing is a sedentary activity and it’s important to read if we want to write, but that’s also a sedentary activity. The writing life is filled with coffee or tea and a lot of sitting around! But our doctor and spouse and kids aren’t going to accept that excuse for our extra weight, high-blood … Read More »

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