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Gayle Carline
Author, columnist, maven-in-training
Author, columnist, maven-in-training

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Of pirate girls and dragon wings
The good news about being an author-entrepreneur is that I can write whatever I want. The bad news is, I can write whatever I want. This can be a dangerous thing if your mind tends to wander, as mine does. Do people know me as a mystery author, or a humor a...

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Let your mind alone!
The title of this year's Beauty of a Woman Blogfest entry is taken from a book of the same name by James Thurber. He is a humorist, whom I admire for about a billion reasons, and it is his quote that I use as the name of my blog. If your sense of humor is l...

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Feed your head
I've begun starting my day differently for the past couple of weeks. Instead of being forced from my bed by the dogs sometime between 6 and 6:30, stumbling crankily to the kitchen to let them out and feed them, then going back to sleep on the daybed in the ...

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Guardians of honesty come in all kinds
I know it's been forever since I've posted. I still adore you all, I'm just rushing down that deadline road, and I don't seem to have any brakes. It's hard to be focused on one manuscript's editing, another manuscript's genesis, and have to stop to write a ...

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From Our House to Yours.
My writing career actually began with Christmas letters. The first one was such a success with our friends and family that I kept doing it. (BTW, the secret to a good Christmas letter is to keep it one page or less. People appreciate brevity.) At one point,...

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Because it's Friday
Here's a little excerpt from A MORE DEADLY UNION, just because it's Friday: * * * * * * * Oh no oh no oh no. Benny’s mind
raced about like a cyclone, a whirl of thoughts and ideas, swirling too fast
for him to capture one and focus on it. The bright sun out...

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The bright side of the moon
I dream a lot. Most of my dreams are trips through the looking glass -- everything's weird and wrong and I'm usually prevented from doing anything I think I need to do. I usually wake up and tell Dale, "Wow, I had the weirdest dream." To which he replies, "...

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I love their journey. Can't wait to read more.

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A letter from the front
Dear Writer Friends Who Struggle to Get Their Books "Out There", Next weekend, I will be releasing my 11th book. With each release, I've done about the same amount of release-style advertising. I've used social media, I've run Goodreads giveaways, Amazon pr...

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Save the dog!
There's a certain hesitance in writers to include pets in their stories. The reason to include a pet might be to disclose something about the character, but if you're not careful, they can be treated as an afterthought, or even forgotten.  If you are a pet ...
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