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Stephen King; "The way to become a better writer is to write."
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Your ARE judged by your grammar.  If you don't correct your work before you send it in to an editor, after one paragraph, it may be thrown in the "reject" file.  Editors have no patience for bad grammar.  Here are some simple rules:

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See, we all get writer's block every once in awhile!

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I'm just sayin'...

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"Writing or making anything - a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake - has self respect in it.  You're working.  You're trying.  You're not lying down on the ground, having given up."
Sharon Olds
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"Coming up with ideas is the easiest thing on earth.  Putting them down is the hardest."
Rod Sterling

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"Don’t say that “the old lady screamed” – bring her onstage and let her scream!"

Author Unknown

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"A goal is a dream with a deadline." 

Napoleon Hill

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"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
Thomas Edison
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I saw a quote from Danielle Lazarin this week in an email from Glimmertrain that touched the writer inside me.  When you doubt the path you've taken, or stumble on your way, perhaps this will help:

     "What you notice as a writer isn't an accident, nor is it objectively interesting, but this sense of recognition, of compulsion toward a subject or character or storyline, is the layering of the lenses of your childhood and your adulthood, your jobs and your relationships, the series of small and large decisions we make, life's little accidents constructing our fictions as much as they make our real lives. By indulging yourself in these raw materials, allowing them to be the match to the kindling of the world you walk through every day, you're likely to start a story that matters to you, one that you can't help but write, because it comes from your gut."

Danielle Lazarin

This Month's Featured Author

Each month we'll feature a different Author/Artist.  We want you to have fun with this, so we'll provide an expanded (and more folksy) biography of the author with a picture, followed by a list (or link to) of his/her books, merchandise and/or artwork.   Or maybe we'll include one of their stories, poems, op-eds or illustrations so there is something new each month.

Here's this month's featured author:

Rex Lee Applegate

Rex Lee Applegate is an avid fan of alternative history science fiction, particularly the classic Time Patrol stories by Poul Anderson.  His search for contemporary works that satisfy a craving for more such tales has often been disappointing, so he decided to write his own.  Timeline Repair: Attack on America is the first book in the Broken History series that explains assorted historical enigmas as the product of timeline tampering.  This effort comes after having worked as a Customs Inspector and manager (Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Diego); school teacher (History and English); and civilian advisor in Afghanistan.  He served in the Marines, has a degree in History from UCLA and lives in San Diego.  

As an author, he has to use his middle name (Lee) to avoid being mistaken for a distant relative, Col. Rex Applegate (1914-1998) who is known for authoring a book on hand-to-hand combat techniques.

Published Books:

Timeline Repair: Attack on America is available in print and digitally at Amazon.com.  Story illustrations can be found at:  www.pinterest.com/rexleeapplegate; and www.facebook.com/timelinerepair.

Rex has just released his second book, Timeline Repair, England at War, on Amazon soon.  Be sure to check it out, he's an amazing writer.