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CONGRATULATIONS TO AMY G.,
WINNER OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY
OF HOME FIRE BOOK III !

CONGRATULATIONS TO DOROTHY H.!  HER NAME WAS DRAWN AS WINNER (FROM THE LITTLE LOG HOUSE SHOW DRAWING )OF AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF HOME FIRE: THE BIG YEAR! 

Congratulations to Nancy L.!  The next winner of an autographed copy fo Home Fire:  The Big Year!  Her name was drawn from the Rogers Craft Fair entries!

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Writer’s Workout

Increase Your Vocabulary

By Nancy Ann

            Whether you are a writer or not, increasing one’s vocabulary is never a waste of time.  While I do not suggest that you should throw around non-conventional words just to show off your vocabulary skills, I do advocate that you continually increase your vocabulary.  You can do this with a word of the day calendar, randomly choose a word from the dictionary each week, or create a list from any given articles or books that you have read. 

            In addition to its meaning, know how to pronounce and spell the word as well.  Many times when you read a word, let’s use “anonymous” as an example, it’s easy to read, yet when it comes to saying it aloud many people get a little sloppy. 

            Say your new word out loud, in your normal voice.  Practice saying it correctly and clearly so that when it comes time for you to use it in conversation, it will roll off your tongue easily.

            Be sure to use words appropriately.  Knowing the meaning of a word is just as important as being able to pronounce it correctly.

Throughout your life you will undoubtedly come across someone who likes to throw big words around.  While this person may think he or she is impressing you, many times the superfluous vocabulary will just distract the conversation and that person will come across as a show off.

            When in conversation or giving a speech, be certain that the words you use have a point and are within context.  You don’t have to say them just because you know them.  As your vocabulary widens you will find ample opportunity throughout your life to use it.

Nancy’s Notes

Prescription for Description

By Nancy Ann

        One of the best ways to keep a reader entertained is to provide good descriptions in your scenes.  Exercising your descriptive skills can be easy and fun! 

        Let’s say that your setting takes place in a busy mall.  First, write down five things that come to mind and that apply to the senses which you think would be obvious in the mall.  Here are the first five that I came up with:

The overall drone of people talking.

People rushing and scurrying around each other.

Babies crying.

Teenagers laughing and goofing around.

Shoppers carrying their bags.

The next time you go to a busy mall, sit down and look, listen, and smell.  You’ll be sure to come up with a long list in a short amount of time!  The clicking of high heels and the clumping of large boots will distinguish themselves from one another.  You’ll notice many different things that are common yet they are not the first thing that comes to mind.  Things such as the aromas from the food court, a lady in a wheel chair, or a man looking bored as he patiently waits for his wife as she flips through garments on a clothes rack.

Your reader will relate to it and appreciate the fact that you took your descriptions just one step further than the mundane and obvious.

I encourage you to hone your skill to explain and describe scenes to your readers by going to the park, the football game, the grocery store, wherever it may be, and write down all that you see, smell, touch, hear, and taste!

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