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My Writer’s Sampler: Exercises in Learning to Write Fiction by Marie Brack


brackHow can I make my characters “relatable” to readers? Is there a certain type of structure my story should follow? What are the advantages/disadvantages of writing in the first person versus writing in the third person? How can I get my book published, and, when I do, how can I market it to my target audience? If you’re an aspiring fiction writer, you probably have many questions about how to write a compelling piece that others will want, and be able, to read. These questions can be overwhelming, and, sometimes, they can make a wannabe-writer abandon his or her story before it’s been told. But, don’t fret. Don’t throw in the towel or throw your hands up in frustration. Instead, grab your favorite electronic device, and read this book. My Writer’s Sampler, Exercises in Learning to Write Fiction by Marie Brack is an approachable, highly organized text that aspiring fiction writers can use to navigate most, if not all, of the questions and other obstacles that have heretofore stood in their way. Presented in a reader-friendly format that cycles through the alphabet twice, My Writer’s Sampler comprehensively addresses scores of writing-related topics in a very understandable, edifying manner. The first section carries readers from arc to zeugma, providing explanations of 26+ different elements of writing, each of which are bolstered by recommended readings from well-known authors, as well as by Brack’s own yarns. The second cycle carries readers from abbreviation to zombies, discussing dozens of other stylistic and practical issues a writer may face in the writing process; and, the appendices provide insight and instruction on what the writer can do once that process is done (namely, self-publishing and marketing strategy).

My Writer’s Sampler, Exercises in Learning to Write Fiction by Marie Brack is an invaluable tool for beginner and intermediate fiction writers. The format, table of contents, and index make specific subjects very easy to find, giving readers a quick, reliable way to get around their writing roadblocks—and, as a whole, the text makes fiction writing more accessible, thereby making the reader’s journey from wannabe-writer to writer a much easier, more fulfilling one.

To purchase a copy of the book, click here to find it on Amazon.

Free Wildflower Seeds

Cheerios wants to help us keep our very necessary bees by encouraging people to plant wildflowers.

Get your free seeds here: http://www.cheerios.com/bringbackthebees

The great thing about wild flowers is that given a chance they grow without needing a great deal of preparation and care.

Home Remedies: Sinus Infections

I used to get four to five sinus infections a year, followed by chest infections, coughing, the whole nine yards. Sometime in the late ‘90s, I started using nasal saline morning and night. Since then I’ve had only one sinus infection.

At first, I bought the plastic squeeze-and-sniff bottles of saline at the drugstore. As prices rose, paying $4+ for less than two ounces of salted water began to feel foolish. Big Lots had it for much less, and that was fine for a while. Later on, I started mixing my own at home.

Recipes on the Internet vary. I use one cup of water, boiled, and ½ to one teaspoon (non-iodized) salt, with three drops of grape-fruit extract concentrate as a preservative. Some recipes add a pinch of baking soda as a buffer; it makes the water more soothing. Most recipes omit the grapefruit extract, and if you boil the water, it is safe to omit it.

There have been news stories of people getting dreadful infections from using un-boiled water in homemade nasal saline. Since seeing those, I boil the water and still use the grapefruit extract. The extract is sold at health food stores. Although it’s a bit expensive by the bottle, it is used by the drop and lasts a very, very long time–years, in fact.



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.


Kale Isn’t “Healthy”

It’s nutritious. Nutritious foods help make people healthy. I should hope that anything I eat was healthy – don’t want to eat lettuce with some kind of disease growing on it, or chicken with tumors.

The purpose of food is to provide our bodies with the nutrients they need to rebuild cells and operate organs at peak efficiency. We need micronutrients like vitamins and minerals for zillions of necessary functions in the body. We need protein to rebuild cells, and carbs for energy.

Foods can be beneficial, harmful, or neutral in the body. There is such a thing as too much kale, and not enough saturated fat, or vice-versa. Eating a wide variety of real, genuine, un-tampered-with foods is a path to good health.

An article on this subject