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What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

What is Success? A Little Women Comparison

How do you define success? It’s a loaded question, isn’t it? In the newest adaptation of L.M. Alcott’s Little Women, director Greta Gerwig helps viewers and readers take a fresh look at a favorite classic. One of the biggest questions I felt she asked through the retelling is, “What is success?” For Meg, success is …

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Happy Endings in Mysteries

Happy Endings in Mysteries

I recently rewatched Stranger Than Fiction, which I remembered being more of a depressing drama than a comedy (which in many ways was an accurate remembrance), and was nervous right up to the end because I couldn’t recall if it had a happy ending. It made me consider why I prefer what is generally referred …

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Being an Introverted Mom and Writer

Being an Introverted Mom and Writer

I’ll be honest, I don’t read a lot of non-fiction that isn’t about history or has something to do with research for my historical fiction books. I just don’t have the time. But then one of the authors of a mommy blog I follow, Jamie C. Martin, published a book called Introverted Mom. I snapped …

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Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

Happy Birthday, Anna Katharine Green!

This week I wanted to give a special homage to the woman who’s become a huge part of my life lately: the remarkable Anna Katharine Green. On this day, November 11, in 1846, Anna Katharine Green was born to New England lawyer James Wilson Green and Katharine Ann Whitney Green. She was the fourth child, …

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How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

How I NaNoWriMo Differently (and you can, too!)

I won’t be doing National November Writers Month (NaNoWriMo) this November, and I’ll tell you why. But first, let me give a quick definition of NaNoWriMo for those who are wondering. NaNoWriMo is a free program for writers that encourages them to write a novel in a month. If you visit their website, you’ll find …

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Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Christmas Anthology Unboxing

Hello! I am thrilled to share this moment with you as I get to unbox my first published short story! Head on over to my Facebook Author Page to catch the action. Signed copies are for sale right here on my website! Thanks for watching and reading! 🙂 (In order of stories) Ronnell Kay Gibson …

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Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why Do We Like Whodunnits?

Why do we like Whodunnits? By “Whodunnit” I mean the movies, TV shows, and books where we don’t find out the murderer, thief, or conman until the final scene. It’s an interesting question, considering it’s not always been the format of choice. For instance, take The Thomas Crown Affair—the original 1968 heist film. We know …

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Who was the First? Bellwethers and Mystery

Who was the First? Bellwethers and Mystery

Who was the first author to introduce us to “the locked room mystery”? Who was the first to use a recurring series detective? Who was the first to have their detective gather everyone together in a room so that he might explain precisely the murderer’s motive? Who was the first to give us that daring …

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Look Up, Spokane! (Part Two)

Look Up, Spokane! (Part Two)

Welcome to Part 2 of my Look Up, Spokane! series. Last month I showed you some pictures I took of the Spokesman Review Building. Today, we’re going across the street. I had never noticed something rather fascinating about this more modern building: outside, along Monroe, are a series of twelve busts. Each bust is of …

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