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Trying a New Planner

Background of a desk, reading glasses and notebook. Text, "Trying a New Planner."

The first quarter of 2024 zipped by in a flash. My planner--a Kate Spade little beauty--was working okay for my weekly needs. But in February, my schedule got really busy, and I couldn't see the big picture of everything. Naturally, I bought a new planner. It would fix everything. The…

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Writing Full Time During the Summer

Writing During the Summer by Jill Kemerer

There's a tug-of-war within me all summer long. You know, the one that says, "Get to work!" while the other says, "Get out there and have fun!" It's especially bad right now. Since it's the middle of July, I'm hoping my reluctance to stick with my schedule has peaked. I…

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A Day in the Life

The Cowboy's Christmas Blessings Review

I’m writing this on October 13, 2020. My mini-dachshund, Sophie, is curled up next to me on the couch. Yes, I brought my laptop down from my office to write this post. Late afternoon sunlight spills onto the furniture in patches, and I need to start making dinner. Like now!

I finished writing sample chapters (this is the first three chapters, or roughly 50 pages) of a new book around lunchtime. Usually I get up, have some coffee, read the Bible and pray. Then I exercise, get ready quick and head straight to my office for a full day of work. Today was different, though.

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Why Our Characters Must Fail

Why Our Characters Must Fail by Jill Kemerer

This post was originally published on November 28, 2011 at I recently read a novel but struggled to get into the story. Each time I put it down, I had no desire to pick it back up. Tempted to stop reading, I decided to forge ahead and figure out…

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