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THE HOLIDAYS ARE OFFICIALLY UPON US!
Our tables were laden with plenty of good food, our belly's so full that all we wanted to do was get a long nap, but at 6 pm Thanksgiving evening the kick off to Black Friday sales began.  Did you go?  Did you have your list in your hands, sales paper in hand with the items marked that you wanted?  Did you take your family with you, instructing each of them that their sole purpose was to bring you back that one item that you wanted?  
So often in our world of shopping, getting and spending we often forget the ones who want to go shopping but don't have the patience to fight the crowds and definitely not the nerves it takes to drive in the traffic.  
Today, as I always do every year, I took my Mom and my aunt (my mom's sister) shopping.  I drove them to the mall and this time, might I add, I was able to keep up with them.  Two years ago, I lost them in Wal-mart during that maddening after-Thanksgiving sale.  I called my dad in a panic.  He …
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DO BELIEVE WIVE'S TALES ABOUT WEATHER?

#Wive's#Tales#Weather.  How many of you has ever heard of such?  It's true whither you want to believe it or not.  Here in the #southern part of #NorthCarolina, last week we had frost; matter of fact one morning it was 22 degrees.  I'm over forty, and I've never known it to be as cold as it was last week for November.  Today the highs was in the mid-70's and on my way home from work, in the northwestern sky it was lightening.  
The old wives tales says that if there is a thunderstorm in the fall/winter, then there will be snow in 7 days.  It happened last January and sure enough seven days later we had snow.    But you best believe, if we do get snow I will post a lot of pics of it.   
Do you follow the weather for when your writing scenes that involves the seasons; taking notes of what is taking place?  What about taking photos?  I do, I take notes and photos.  I always have a pen and notebook in my purse.  Leave a comment a…
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WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION?



On my way home from Lumberton, NC late one Friday afternoon I spotted this car in the parking lot of a restaurant.  Possibilities of a book, characters  and questions surrounding a car like this began to take hold and before I thought twice, I threw my right turn signal, crossed two lanes and honey-holed it,(as my sister calls my driving) into the parking lot.  I grabbed my camera and started taking photos.  
Don't know if I'll ever write a book that involves a car like this, but then again, the sky's the limit on that possibility.  At least that's what I tell myself.  The idea has formed, the possibility exists, it's left up to me whether I make it happen or not.   
So what is your inspiration? Do you take photos, jot down notes on multiple notepads like I do and they end up scattered all over the place including your car?  One thing I've learned during my journey in writing, is that ideas for a great book or plot can take shape and form…
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FIVE WAYS I KNOW FALL IS UPON US!

Hello everyone:
If your not sure what's in the picture above, it's of a cabbage my mom and dad brought me from their garden.  Huge isn't it?  My mom and dad walked in my home and my dad said, "Hey gal, look what I brought you!"  He was all happy and smiling.  "Got turnips, mustard and the collards are bigger than a tin-tub."  I would have had cabbages in my garden too, except after I planted them, the swamp rabbits pulled them up and ate them.

It's now November 1st and I know its officially fall when:
1. My mom and dad brings me the first cutting of cabbages from their fall garden.
2. My youngest son's birthday arrives ~ October 28.
3. It's cold at night and warms up some, during the day - if the sun is out.
4. I can't decide how to dress for work - which has always been a dilemma with North Carolina weather.
5. Last but not least; at my home church, we celebrate 'Homecoming' the first Sunday i…
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Have You Ever Eaten A 17 Layer Chocolate Cake?
In my family, when someone's birthday rolls around, my mom always bakes a cake for them and for her grandchildren, she always bakes them something extra special.  A chocolate cake.  But it's no ordinary cake.  Her cakes always have more than 15 layers.  One year at Christmas she made one that was 27 layers and it was weeks before she cleaned up all the leftover chocolate fingerprints from my young nephew.  The one pictured here is 17 layers that she had baked for my son who turned 15 today and as you can see; the family has really enjoyed it! All my mom's hard work and effort is a reminder that as an aspiring writer; the amount of effort I put into my work is the amount of satisfaction I will receive in return.   When I look at the picture of my mama's seventeen layer cake, I don't think of the cake itself, I think of the layers of my manuscript that make up the chapters.  I think of the layers that make up the charac…
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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS; WHAT DO YOU DO?




Let's face it; whenever we are trying our hardest and best to succeed in full-filling our life long dream; life throws curve balls at us and instead of us reaping rewards for our hard work, instead we get lemons!  But instead of throwing those perfectly sour and tart lemons back at life; (and you know I'm not the only one who has thought of doing that), we should instead make lemon-aide.  Yes, that old cliche and why not?  Our dreams are still as vivid and stronger than ever before; we just have to figure out how to get there.  By making lemon-aide, we take a step back, and reevaluate the situation from a different viewpoint.  Bottom line is we can't give up no matter what.  Maybe life throwing us lemons was a sign that we need to take a break and spend time with family or maybe it was a hint that we need to take a break from pushing ourselves so hard in our writing.  Fall is upon us; the weather is nice, if life has thrown you s…
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HOPE:

Commitment, honesty and forever.  That's what we think of when we think of marriage.

While I was editing and polishing up on my first novel, 'A Sister's Love', I became frustrated that it wasn't coming together like I wanted.  Taking heed to what a coworker advised me, I put my manuscript down to give myself a break, but instead I got an idea for another book.  I titled it, 'When There's Hope for Tomorrow'.
The main character Hope, discovers that what she thought was the truth wasn't.  As I worked on my new manuscript, I tried to stay focused on making my story an inspiration for others.  What I failed to realize was that my manuscript was also an inspiration for me.  Hope.  Hope that I'll gain the interest of others in my writing, hope that an literary agent will like what I write.  So as you go about your day, take note of the ordinary things in your life that gives you that hope.











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Knowing When Opportunity Is Knocking:

Being a writer is more than just writing.  It's knowing that you must always put your family and your responsibilities first, it's knowing when to stop and give yourself a break; even if you think the chapter is nowhere finished and it's knowing that you have to take that giant step and start promoting yourself.  As I've mentioned before, I've been hesitate about this blogging business.  To be honest it makes me feel vulnerable and I'm putting myself out there in the public eye.  Just this past week, I was talking to a dear friend and promoter of my first book, 'A Sister's Love' about my dilemma of blogging.  She laughed at me and replied, "Really Rebecca?  You put yourself out there when you wrote 'A Sister's Love.'  So, this past weekend I have come to terms that I must do as my main character Flo did in my book; I must grab the bull by the horn and show him who is boss.  Besides, I think I h…
To be a writer; one must have a passion for it, a need like you need sleep, food and water, at least it is for me.  For the past six years, I have associated eating with having my laptop or manuscript next to my plate and some nights I actually fall asleep with my laptop and manuscript beside me in bed.  But the hardest part for me is when I get behind in my chores and gardening.  When I'm in that creative mood and all I want to do is write, which seems to be every waking moment, in the back of my mind I'm arguing with myself that there are chores needing to be done, projects that need to be finished and heaven help me when the holidays are near I never seem to have enough of time for anything.
     I've tried to make a daily chore chart, setting aside certain days to do designated chores.  But while it looked good on paper, it didn't work out as I had planned.  So instead, I've resulted in trying to multi-task and when I'm not, I feel like I'm a slac…
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Hello everyone & Welcome to my Blog:

My name's Rebecca Owens and I'm from a small, southern town in North Carolina called Pembroke. Some of you may be familiar with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  As I sit in my swing on my front porch, I struggle with what to write.  I won't lie; I've had this blog now over a year and I've been intimated by it.  Why?, you may ask?  Well for starters, it's easy for me to write stories, but it's not so easy for me to blog.  A friend told me to blog about what interest me.  I laughed and told them that I could blog about sitting on my front porch in peace and quiet, about gardening or about eating a plate of fried chicken, collards, corn from my freezer and fried corn bread.  "No", I was told.  Write about your passion, writing.  So here I am, blogging or at least attempted to blog about the one thing I constantly think about: writing.    

 Before I go any further I want to thank God for allowing…