Constructing Interesting Sentences

It is important to construct interesting sentences to keep the reader engaged in our novels. This article is insightful and informative.

In my capacity as a contest judge, an editor, and a book reviewer, I do my fair share of reading fiction. Of late, I’ve noticed what seems to me to be a growing trend—less attention to sentence structure.

For instance, in a novel I’m currently reading, I saw one paragraph with four of its five sentences all starting with He. In another, the opening two sentences were constructed identically. In others, authors lean heavily on a favorite construction which appears with frequency. Click here to learn more.

Nancy and Kelly


How’s Your Writing Space?

We all write in different places. Some prefer the kitchen table, the couch, or the great outdoors. This article caught our attention and we wanted to share it with our readers.

Where we write, at least to me, is paramount to creativity. I prefer my office or nook to be neat and organized. My muse likes my writing space neat and only comes out to play when it is. It’s hard to keep a nook clean, though. Where can you keep all the things we writers need?

Unfortunately, writing spaces seem to shrink. At least mine do. Plus finding the right chair creates its own conundrum. Learn more.

Kelly and Nancy

Foster Care And Adoption

This article discusses the amount of children in foster care and some statistics on adoption. We wanted to pass that onto our readers.

The percentage of kids adopted from foster care is swinging upward, a new report suggests.

Last year, 13.1% of children in foster care were adopted, an increase from 12.6% in 2011, according to statistics released today by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. The report highlights data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Nancy and Kelly

Practical Advice

Practical articles on writing are helpful to read. This one tells it like it is. Writing is hard work and is accomplished with consistency.

Last week a former student from the college where I teach asked me to meet with him to discuss career direction. He wants to be a writer.

The first thing I told him—in spite of my usual rants on originality—was, “Don’t quit your day job.”

Cliché, perhaps. Truth, absolutely.

He nodded and chuckled. Not exactly the sage advice he was hoping for from a professional writer. However, I figured if I started with the hard cold facts, everything else would be warm and fuzzy. Click here to read the rest of this interesting article.

Nancy and Kelly

Fatigue And Pregnancy

Why am I So Tired?

It’s normal to feel tired during the first trimester and the last trimester. Your body is changing and adapting to hormones and getting ready to make a child.

I remember coming home from school so exhausted that I would barely make it to my bed before I was fast asleep, wake up for dinner and do my homework and some chores and go right back to bed for 10 hours. I would nod off in church and sometimes in school, a little embarrassing. I never seemed to catch up no matter how much sleep I got.

I started feeling more energy during the second trimester but exhausted again during the third trimester. I think part of it is storing up sleep, because pretty soon you will get hardly any. Good luck and hang in there. I posted a link that I found to be helpful.


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The Writer’s Task

What does the quote below have to do with writing? That is a really good question. The author of today’s featured post uses the quote in an interesting way.


Atheist, Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) describes what is now known as a postmodern worldview:

“That man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labors of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the debris of a universe in ruins…” To read the rest of this informative article, click here.

Kelly and Nancy

The Waiting~Happy Mother’s Day

In 1928, sixteen-year-old Minka was working full-time on her family dairy farm in South Dakota. One day while on a walk in the woods, she was raped by a transient and became pregnant. Determined to keep the story a secret, her parents sent her out of town to have the baby. Minka gave birth the following spring, cuddled her daughter for five weeks and then released her for adoption. Years later, she married a troubled World War II pilot and started a family. But she never stopped longing for word of her lost child.

For nearly eight decades, Minka kept hidden a black and white photograph of her first baby. She often pulled the picture out and quietly prayed over it. On May 22, 2006, her daughter’s seventy-seventh birthday, Minka had a special request. God, I’d like to see her before I die. I don’t want to bother her, or interrupt her life. I just want to see her. Click here to see how this story ends.


Watch the trailer here.

Here is a link to a news article on Ms. Minka.

Kelly and Nancy



A word most writers are intimately familiar with, a word filled with negative connotations. Merriam-Webster defines rejection as “the action of rejecting: the state of being rejected.” Sounds depressing, doesn’t it? In the midst of rejection, it’s difficult to find something positive, but I assure you, there is an upside.

We learn from rejection: You’ve just received an email rejection form an editor, and you’re feeling down about it. That’s fine. That’s normal even, so don’t discount your feelings. Give it a day or two, then go back to that letter. Did the editor make it personal? Did they explain why it was rejected? If yes, then you’ve just been given a gift! They thought enough about your manuscript to take time and give you feedback. Take that knowledge and apply it.

But what about the form rejection letter? Click here to read the rest of this encouraging piece.

Nancy and Kelly

J and K Plus Two

J and K Plus Two is the blog of a young family. The parents struggled with infertility, premature births, and finally two children. They have had quite a journey. We like to provide our readers with as many resources as possible. Per the blog about page…

This blog is the story of our lives with all the ups and downs of a multiple pregnancy, the tragedy of infant loss and now the birth of our miracle babies. Click here to learn more.

Nancy and Kelly