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In the 20’s and 30’s Louis Armstrong inspired Jazz

  Duke Ellington gave it pizzazz

Ella Fitzgerald came around then

Gene Autry was in the saddle again

We go to the 40’s and in demand

Is Harry James and his band

Tommy Dorsey plays his best

Doris day is his guest

It’s the 50’s and who should appear

New Groups and Singers I had to hear

Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Johnny Cash

Kay Starr, Loretta Lynn, Ink Spots, make a splash

In the 60’s and 70’s, Pop Music is in

Beach Boys, Beatles, Carpenters win

Elton John, Carole King, Marvin Gaye

Hot. Hot, Hot, all the way

The 80’s on there’s lots of mix

Country, Pop and Rock gives us the fix

Rihanna, Phil Collins, Taylor Swift, all great

Take the time to listen, don’t wait



                                               IS IT GOOD OR BAD ADVICE?

In the latest issue of “Writers Digest” is an article by Jeff Somers, I had to pass on to my readers. I can only cover some of his topics due to the length.

As writers, we carefully edit our manuscript, correcting any mistakes, and pay special attention to correct punctuation, wording, etc. before releasing it for publication.  Many of us, including myself, seek the opinions of friends, family, authors, and volunteers willing to read the novel, as the last check before submission.

In addition to the opinions of my family and friends, I read everything I found by those I considered authorities, but I was confused and conflicted about different interpretations of the same advice. In the back of my head was the same question until I read this wonderful Article.

QUESTION: When is it okay to NOT follow the advice given you by others, Read below what Jeff  Somers wrote about “THE RULES’.

  1. WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW:  Write what you know was not meant to reject your imagination.  You can write about stuff you know nothing about— just write a story you want to read.
  • SHOW DON’T TELL: When showing injects unnecessary verbosity, don’t.  That rule implies that “telling” is Lazy, while showing takes real talent. You need to balance the showing and the telling, 
  • WRITE EVERY DAY:  The discipline of working regularly is good and stops you from being one of those who talks about writing but never does. But, not all can write every day.  Think of it as a goal, not a requirement.
  • KILL YOUR DARLINGS:It is probably the most misunderstood and misapplied piece of writing advice in the history of writing. Don’t delete writing you like and never look back.
  • INVEST IN A THESAURUS: Having a large vocabulary as an author is great—but it’s only half the battle. You need to feel comfortable, and your word choices should fit your characters.
  • NEVER WRITE A PROLOGUE:The implication is that you are an amateur. In reality it is possible to pull off a prologue, but you need purpose.
  • AVOID THE PASSIVE VOICE: Yes, it is grammatically correct, and we are told it is lazy writing. However, there are forms of passive that are acceptable and necessary.

 I hope the above encourages you to subscribe to this wonderful magazine and read the entire article.

Happy writing, Paula



Want to Leave your Readers Hungry for your Next Novel?

The final chapter, of your novel is written and you believe it will be satisfying to your readers, with no loose ends and unanswered questions.  But, are your readers hungry for your next novel? If there is any doubt in your mind, below are some useful suggestions before you begin the Final Chapter..

1.Leave room:  for your readers’ imaginations and allow them to picture what happens next, without being told: “They lived happily ever after.”
2.Foreshadow: Plant seeds in advance—small clues that will make the end seem natural.
3.Build-up Mystery:  A good mystery needs a build-up toward the climax with lots of twists and turns during the telling of the story.
4.Pace: To create a mystery, write shorter scenes, sentences and chapters to increase the momentum.  Save the largest scene for your last Chapter.
5.Reveal:  Show how your characters changed in the story.
6.Romance:  For romances, the above are still important. If a romantic mystery, use the same pace as #4..  All romances need a build-up- but without many complications, either  between the lovers, or the events that get in the way of a happy union.
7. Similar Book endings:  Check other books similar to your story, and review how the author ended the final chapter.  Try several options—put them aside—then read again, later, and see which one makes the most sense for your story.

In my opinion, one of the best storytellers of mystery and suspense was the late Alfred Hitchcock. His television series always had an unexpected ending—one I never anticipated, and although it was not always a happy ending; but always satisfying. Each of his stories is a lesson for mystery writers.  His movies, too,  are well worth seeing. ( Shocking, Frightening, and deliciously, wickedly Amazing.)

Happy Ending,Paula




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The final draft of your book is done.  Now you get to  relax?.  No, you can’t.!

The next step is to self-edit—the edit you, as author, should do. After all, it is a Draft , and only you are familiar with the story, and can easily correct  all self-made errors , like noticing  where your story wanders away from  the scene being played out. Or when characters are not clearly defined ,and how about incorrect spellings, punctuation errors, and poor  word choices.

First print all the pages of your book. Then as you read, correct the errors you find on the printed  page, and  then on the computer.


  1. Use words your reader can relate to—Simple words and not  words needing the use of a dictionary.  Remember, the more the reader stops, the less interest he or she has in  continuing.
  2. Show don’t Tell.— Use an action word to show, anger, instead of saying : He is angry. Example: He slammed the door behind him
  3. Do not use the word almost. Example, She almost cried.   The character either cried, or did not.
  4. Don’t sermonize or preach to your reader.
  5. Try reading your novel out loud. You may find areas where improvement is needed
  6. Omit Clichés and use “said” for dialogue instead of “explained, declared, etc.”

After you complete your self-edit, then retain the services of a professional Editor so your book is finally ready for publication,  and, at long last, you can either rest, or begin another story.


Don’t ever give up in frustration, Paula







Wishing you a great 2022, with health, happiness, and hearts filled with everlasting peace.

My hope for this New Year is the same
No resolutions I will not keep
No deeds I cannot claim
No words I should not speak

Not to want another’s fame
Not to be one of the sheep
Not to play a loser's game
Not to get in too deep

To have a purpose and an aim
To follow thru and take the leap
To fight my fear until its’ tame
And not collapse in one big heap

It’s year 2022 and time to reclaim
The hope and faith that once was bleak
And fan the fire into a flame
And start a winning streak



Ten days before Christmas
There is still much to do
Time to dress up the house 
Lights add a brilliant hue
Take out the ribbons and bows
The Cards and all Tags
The figurines and trinkets 
And all Christmas bags

Find a clear place to start
Wrapping gifts large and small
Sign your cards with love
And a greeting to all

Rest when you are done
You have accomplished a lot
Ten days until Christmas
Is there something you forgot?



Fifteen days until Christmas

And what have you done

Just starting shopping

Don’t forget anyone

I tried to avoid the crowds

By shopping the stores online

Some stores ship quickly

Others take their time

I expect some late arrivals

Must wrap them as best I can

Can’t run out of paper or tags

What happened to my perfect plan

Now, I must run

Got shopping to do

Fifteen days until Christmas

Happy shopping to you





                                             Halloween is almost here

For all kids who hold it dear

All around the town, I view

 Witches, Goblins and Ghosts anew

I see Spider webs that encases

View Ghosts without any faces

Tonight witches take to the air

\Witches, Goblins and Ghosts everywhere

Goblins with evil eyes

Tell scary stories and creepy lies

The carved pumpkins sit at the front

Witches, Goblins and Ghosts grunt

The candy tray, filled to the top

To reach it, all the kids must hop

Of all the children I shall meet

I love the ones who trick or treat

By Paula



Good morning Autumn
Its’ a beautiful, sunny day
I waited all summer
For you to come my way

Good morning Autumn
Its’ early and I can’t wait
To watch leaves of crimson and gold
Fall on my road and gate

Good morning Autumn
The hills and valleys are calling me
To walk the forests and follow the streams
To breathe fresh air, and be free

Good morning Autumn
I stand before this lovely splendor
My soul filled with love and peace
And thank you for a gift to remember


I have always had a love of reading, beginning with “Nursery Rhymes” at a young age, and later with Fairy Tales read to us kids every Saturday morning at the public library. I read many books, mesmerized by the written words, compelling me to turn another page.  I marveled at the author’s technique for capturing emotion—moving a plot along, describing characters so real, I knew them well. I read on as they matured and grew within the pages of the book. I envied the ability of the authors in creating a perfect ending to their stories.

As I grew older, I wrote short stories; created limericks; and wrote rhymed poems.  I was happy knowing I had a skill, but I was not satisfied. I wanted to write as well as my favorite authors, and realized I needed additional schooling. After taking several online writing courses, I was inspired again, but took my time learning more, asking questions, and reading, reading, reading.

I learned even more during that period. Working full time made it difficult to find the time to devote to writing. That woke me up to the fact that I am a PANTZER, (putting writing second), and not a PLOTTER (knowing where my story was going) I realized that my style of writing leaned toward Middle Grade, and I was torn between several genres and could not settle on one. I loved SCI-FI, and loved all Disney FANTASY movies, including ROMANCE, such as The “OUTLANDER” Books, that kept me reading without a break. I questioned myself, many times, asking if I was dedicated enough to become an author without deciding my favorite genre .I decided, YES!

My first novel was a contemporary young adult story about teen gangs in 1950’s New York. My second was a Fantasy about Fairies cursed centuries ago, by an evil goddess, attempting to break the curse.

Can you say you are ready to work hard, devote the necessary time to perfect your story, continue to learn every day by seeking advice from the many writing groups available, accept criticism and rejection, believing it is making you a better writer, learn to be a PLOTTER, who gets things done, and write every day; (remember, you have a story to tell) without ever, ever, thinking to give up? Then,


Good luck, Paula



You did your research. You know the Genre for your story; planned the very important “opening sentence”; know your characters flaws and talents, and plotted the entire story by outlining each segment, as suggested by professional authors.  One of the decisions to make is the word count usually required for your Genre. There is a guide for each genre, and it is listed below:  

QUESTION:   What is average word count of the following?

            Mystery- 60,000 to 80,000 words

            Thriller- 90,000 to 120,000 words

            Young adult novel- 25,000 to 60,000 words

            Business/How to- 50,000 to 70,000 words

            Novella- 25,000 to 40,000 words

            Sci-fi novel- 80,000 to 120,000 words

            Memoir- 50,000 to 90,000 words

            Middle Grade- 20,000 to 50,000

            Picture book for children  500 to 600 words

QUESTION:   What is standard for a typewritten page?

            250 words per page, double spaced.

QUESTION: What is average word count for a high school or College Essay?

            400 to 700 words. This is about five paragraphs

This information came from one of the issues of Writer’s Digest. .If you have not discovered this wonderful magazine, give it a try.  Good Luck!




There were many times when I planned a full day of writing, and allowed work and other chores to interrupt me.  We all have a life, responsibilities and issues that arise when we least expect it.  Many of us procrastinate at one time or another, blaming everything but ourselves when life gets in the way of our goals. It took a while for me to adjust and allow myself to sit down and write.

When life hits you with a boom, and you cannot seem to get much done, here are a few tips on how to eliminate procrastinating:

LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE:  If your goal is to become an author, but everyday life stands in your way, ask yourself…why am I putting it off?  Is it the fear of failing, rejection, or not knowing where to start?  

Did you answer YES! to all ? 

Then, it is time to remind yourself, of how important your goals and dreams are by saying aloud: “I will not allow my fears to stop me.  I am going to sit down and write the first Chapter of my story.” Then do it!   It worked for me.

CHANGE YOUR SURROUNDINGS. I get dressed in casual clothes, turn on my favorite music, and find a comfortable place to sit at my computer.  Music soothes me and clears my mind, allowing me to begin the process of putting the first words down. (Revisions will be made later)

STOP LOOKING FOR PERFECTION:  No one is perfect.  That is what editing is all about.

IGNORE ALL DISTRACTIONS:  Plan a Schedule, or a To Do List.  The first thing on the list is to write each morning. Then feed and walk the dog at 9:00 a.m.…Clothes in the washer by noon…Vacuum … pick up kids at 3 p.m., and so on.  You will enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that will follow.

Here’s to the end of Procrastinating!  PAULA


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So many aspiring authors do not really know what Plagiarism is and how to combat it. Many students face this when they are required to do research on a subject and then are expected to write about their findings. The student copies the information, believing he has performed a good job, and is then accused of Plagiarism.

THIS POST IS TO FURNISH INFORMATION ON THE ISSUE OF PLAGIARISM AND ENLIGHTEN ALL ON HOW TO AVOID IT. I found this information on the internet which was very helpful on this subject.

Definition of PLAGIARISM:

                        From, plagiarism is:   

“An act or instance of  using or closely  imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by not crediting the original author:”

From: it is:

“to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own”
‘to use (anothe’s production) without crediting the source”
“to commit literary theft”
“to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source”     

  NOTE:   I used quotations to indicate I am quoting and you will recall, I  did indicate  the source of the (Merriam-Webster)      

If, When writing a story, an essay, or a research paper, you inadvertently omit  the quotes, and source, you are still guilty of Plagiarism.     

Example ::   “TO BE OR NOT TO BE”, written by William Shakespeare,  I used quotations and listed the source.

If you eliminate the source, even though you used Quotations You are also guilty.  
No matter whether you did or did not intend to copy, but copied word for word, you plagiarized.

Note: Plagiarism is dishonest and can ruin your reputation.    

***Information on Plagiarism is readily available on line, where I found so much on the  subject. To help you avoid Plagiarism, seek the FREE Plagiarism checkers on the internet. Many offer to check ,free, grammar and punctuation errors.
Take a few minutes to check for plagiarism and play it safe.   Paula


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