Category Archives: Cliches and other forbidden fruit

Who the heck is Johnny?

This week I removed the phase Johnny on the spot from my current work in progress. If you know anything about me, you know I live and breathe clichés. I love the way they roll off the tongue and how … [ Continue Reading ]

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Do you have a bucket list?

We’ve been kicking the bucket for thousands of years, but the phrase gained notoriety in 2007. That’s the year Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman made famous a screenplay written by Justin Zackham. The Bucket List was an overnight sensation and … [ Continue Reading ]

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A Valentine’s Day Challenge

Ever wonder how the expression carrying a torch originated? It’s February already. Groundhog’s Day is behind us—the cute little rascal didn’t see his shadow. (Did you know that 90% of the time he does?) And Valentine’s Day is just around … [ Continue Reading ]

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Elephant in the Room

     I learned something after posting ‘Twas the Night, a short story, on my blog last week. I learned I have a few incredible friends and family members. People who were sure they recognized a little too much of “me” … [ Continue Reading ]

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Black Friday – What’s Next?

Another Thanksgiving day has come and gone, completely overshadowed by the day we’ve come to know as Black Friday. Touted as the busiest shopping day of the year, the day when retailers finally start to operate in the black and … [ Continue Reading ]

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Put Your Game Face On

                The heroine in one of my current works in progress is both fearful of and intimidated by a deputy U.S. marshal. The hero admonishes her to put her game face on.                  The expression originated with athletes. They … [ Continue Reading ]

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