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No Time Like The Present

by Barbara Wood last modified Dec 12, 2017 06:01


No need to wait for January to get started on a new plan, a new idea, a life changing dream. Get started now! What journey are you on?

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The Far River

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 27, 2017 16:24

I've often said that my books are like children.  I don't have a favorite.  I love them all equally.  Special delivery coming in about 4 months!  Enjoy!

Pre-Order is available now :)

I hope you like it :)




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Happy Thanksgiving!!

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 23, 2017 04:41

Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans!

Whether you are putting the turkey in the oven right now, or traveling to be with family, or hosting the day's celebration, or enjoying the great outdoors, or having a quiet day, I hope you enjoy today! And to my international friends, I hope your Thursday is a great one!

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Inspiration - Found Everywhere

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 20, 2017 08:53

A writer finds inspiration everywhere!

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Your Story Matters

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 16, 2017 18:13

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by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 10, 2017 06:30

I am frequently asked for advice on how to write.  And just as frequently, I get requests for inspiration.  So here are two for the price of one.

While I do not write non-fiction, I do nonetheless strive for accuracy, realism and truth in my writing, because people believe the printed word.  And so my advice pertains to both genres, fiction and non-fiction: be sure of your facts and be prepared to back them up.  Don’t do shoddy research.  Be meticulous.  Readers are placing faith in you.  

As for “inspirational” advice, one word: Perseverance.  If you desire to publish someday, get your ideas or stories out there, and then stick to it, write, get those words down, don’t let anything, or anyone, stand in your way.  Listen with an open mind to criticism and suggestions for rewrites.  Remember, editors are not adversaries, they are people who want the best possible writing you can offer, and very often an editor can see what you have overlooked.

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More Love

by Barbara Wood last modified Nov 07, 2017 06:31

More love in the World please :)




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Trick Or Treat!

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 31, 2017 11:33

Happy Halloween!

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It's Monday!

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 29, 2017 19:03

It's Monday!

Beginning of a week of possibilities.

Hope yours is GREAT!

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Fall . . . Nope not quite!

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 23, 2017 10:07

Fall, where did you go?

Come back!! 

100 degrees in my neck of the woods today :(

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Sail Away Today

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 17, 2017 07:33



There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry.
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll;
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul!

- Emily Dickinson

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A Little Bit Of Hope

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 13, 2017 19:36

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That Time Of The Week Again

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 09, 2017 09:37

How's yours?

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Thoughts and Prayers

by Barbara Wood last modified Oct 06, 2017 06:52

For someone who makes a living out of words, I'm lost for them when things like this happen.

Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.



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In Front Of The Tomatoes

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 13, 2017 07:05

I've mentioned before how I enjoy people watching as well as listening to people - their stories.  Sometimes, I observe or hear interesting, amusing, and sometimes shocking things.  And maybe, just maybe some of these are incorporated into a future character.   Well, I had such an encouter  yesterday . . .

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Thinking of You

by Barbara Wood last modified Sep 11, 2017 09:12

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all our friends in Floriday and all who have experienced the wrath of Hurricane Irma.



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Books are . . .

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 28, 2017 18:51

Books are the plane, the train, and the road.

They are the destination and the journey.

They are home.

Anna Quindlen.

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Perfect View

by Barbara Wood last modified Aug 16, 2017 07:31

The upcoming solar eclipse reminds me of when I lived in Alaska back in 1972 during a summer in which we were treated to a total eclipse of the sun.  I was working in Mount McKinley National Park at the time, at the tourist hotel there (I ran the front desk).  When it was time for the eclipse to occur, all us employees, plus many of the hotel guests, went outside to watch the eclipse (we had all manners of protective eye covering, plus a few of us tried the cardboard with a hole in it).  As we were waiting for the moon to block out the sun, one of our employees climbed up onto the roof of the hotel.  We shouted up to him: “What are you doing, David?”  He shouted back, “I want to get a closer look.”

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Parking Woes

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 26, 2017 06:22

I received a funny email showing various images of how some drivers deal with other drivers who take up more than one parking spot. Got me thinking about the greedy parkers and also the drivers who want to teach them a lesson. What kind of person decides that he deserves more than one parking spot? Has a previous car been damaged when he parked it legally before? Why does he need to protect the car so much? What kind of morning did that person have before he parked? And the driver who wants to send a message: What kind of person is he? What was he doing or thinking that morning? Why is justice so important? Before I knew it, I had spent about 30 minutes pondering these questions, all the while jotting down my thoughts. These will be filed away and possibly used to carve out a new character. Inspiration can come from anywhere!

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Christmas In July

by Barbara Wood last modified Jul 10, 2017 06:08

I first became aware of this idea when I was idly channel surfing many years ago and I landed on one of those home shopping programs. It was July and the caption on the screen was "Christmas in July" and the host was selling Christmas ornaments. I thought it odd and then I quickly assumed that some people really want to get a jump start on the holidays and, "Wow, aren't they organized!" Years later while researching some obscure little tid bit for one of my books, I came across a 1940's movie, "Christmas in July". A comedy about a man who thinks he's won an enormous amount of money in a contest and decides to buy presents for everyone he knows. In the Southern hemisphere winter hits in July and in some countries they celebrate a Midwinter Christmas in July in order to have that wintry feel. After all, songs like "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Frosty the Snowman" must be strange to hear or sing during the Summer.

I'm thinking about this because it's extremely hot in my neck of the woods at the moment and I am looking forward to the Fall which then makes me think about Halloween, Thanksgiving and ultimately Christmas. And while Christmas in Southern California can be sunny and 75 degrees, that's a whole 30 degrees cooler than current temperatures, which by definition makes that qualify for Winter around here!

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A Little Encouragement

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The Perfect Pair



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New Book in Germany: Das Goldene Tal

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Hippokratova přísaha

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My Next Book - The Far River

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