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Along the Creeper Trail in October

The iconic Iron Bridge

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The Virginia Creeper Trail: Southwest Virginia’s Biking Treasure

Winding thirty-four miles one-way through the high mountains of southwest Virginia runs one of the most popular biking trails around: the Virginia Creeper Trail which follows an old railroad grade between Abingdon and Whitetop Station, Virginia. The most beautiful section … Continue reading

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The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains. Just the name conjures up images of magnificent mountain peaks with “smokes” rising from their flanks. It’s easy to see why this is the most-visited national park in the United States with all that it has … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

Dear Maggie,  After writing my first novel, “Tell Me,” I sent it to a beta reader. Well to make a short story long, she sent it back telling me that there was too much telling and not enough showing. I’m … Continue reading

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Getting Past the “Stinky” Blues

Dear Maggie, I have spent the last few months writing what I thought would be my break-out novel about nymphs who mimic humans – like those bugs in that sci-fi story, “Mimic” – only these are good nymphs who don’t … Continue reading

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Novel Characters

So you’ve got a great idea for a novel. You even have a general outline for the plot and have thought up a great character to play the protagonist’s part. Other than making your hero/heroine an all-around great person who … Continue reading

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Most Important Writing Rule

Somewhere, in the multitude of writing tips I’ve encountered was one that made sense: write in a way that makes it easy for your readers to follow. If they stumble over difficult passages or poorly-constructed sentences, you’ll likely lose them. … Continue reading

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