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I’m re-posting this blog because it’s such an important topic, especially when much of the country is experiencing record cold temperatures.

Whether you’re lost in the wild or stranded in your car in a blizzard, remembering the “Rule of 3’s” could possibly save your life.

As I stated in my blog about the Rule of P’s, the 1st and more important rule to survival is keeping a positive mental attitude.

Here’s the Rule of 3’s:

A person can survive 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.

In other words, if you find yourself in a survival situation, prioritize. Finding shelter and/or staying warm and dry should be your top priority. Finding something to eat should be the last thing on your mind. If you’re already in your car, stay there! If you’re in the woods, find some kind of shelter whether it be in the bowl beneath the spreading branches of a tree or even a coverlet of fallen leaves or pine needles.

“So That Others May Live.”

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Homegrown Ideas

Looking for an idea for a plot or subplot? Try checking your local newspaper.

A couple of years ago Colorado law enforcement caught 3 Florida fugitives on I-25 south of Pueblo. Two brothers and a sister had robbed a bank and shot at a sheriff’s deputy in Florida and were on the run. They were brilliant enough to try to buy AK47 ammo at the Walmart in Canon City, 40 or so minutes from where I live.

It wasn’t until the following morning that the Walmart employee recognized them on the news and called the local police department.

A CSP officer recognized them at a Subway south of Pueblo and a chase down the highway ensued with shots exchanged. Their car finally crashed into a highway guardrail, the sister was shot in the leg and everyone was captured without a single law enforcement officer injured.

Great story! Great idea for a book! Or a script!

So what are you waiting for?

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I use a Thesaurus.


I’ve admitted it.

I’ve come clean. Bared my soul to the world.

Purists deride using the Thesaurus, branding its use cheating somehow.

I’m an artist at heart and love to paint pictures with words. Sometimes, when I’m in the mood and have the time (or when I’m stuck and just plain wasting time), I spend an inordinate amount of time searching for the right word. For instance, “rose” or “strawberry” conjures up a more vivid image than simply “pink.” So does “slate” or “gun-metal” rather than simply “gray.”

Enter the Thesaurus.

To be clear, I’m talking the good, old-fashioned twelve-hundred plus page Roget’s International Thesaurus, not the online thesaurus. While fast and convenient, the online versions provide you with maybe three or four synonyms, not whole paragraphs of words from which to select exactly the PERFECT word.

And they have no HEFT!

I once mentioned using a Thesaurus to a college-educated friend. She didn’t know what one was! GASP! I showed her mine. She patiently endured my explanation, inwardly rolling her eyes, I’m sure.

I have to say here that I NEVER (or at least try to never) use a word the meaning of which I am not absolutely certain. There’s nothing worse than being able to tell a writer has lifted a word from a Thesaurus without truly understanding what that word means. When in doubt, don’t use it! (I know that’s not how the ditty goes, but you get my point.)

So…in spite of the purists, I say:

Go ahead! Thesaur away!

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“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Sir Winston Churchill, 1941

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Strong Female Characters

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This from a woman who could neither see nor hear.

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What’s Gracie up to next?

Here’s a sneak peek at the next book in my Gracie Kinkaid Mysteries, “Murder Off the Beaten Path”:

When Mountain Search and Rescue expert, Gracie Kinkaid, begins to suspect that a local 15-year-old girl who has gone missing is connected with the violent death of a friend, she’s plunged headlong into an insidious network linking the camp at which she works in the mountain resort town of Timber Lake with Los Angeles–a network more evil and more dangerous than Gracie ever imagined.

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