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“Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth,

but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”

                                                                                — Leo Tolstoy

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 Photo by M.L. Rowland

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Honored and excited to be selected to be on a panel at the World Mystery Convention, Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC (Choosing Your Voice in Mystery Fiction: 1st, 3rd or Omnipotent).

Looking forward to it! 

M.L. Rowland is the author of the Gracie Kinkaid Search and Rescue Mystery Series. “Murder on the Horizon,” the third book in the series, was released August 4, 2015. The first two books, “Zero-Degree Murder” and “Murder Off the Beaten Path,” were released in 2014. Available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, as well as Barnes & Noble and other local bookstores. 

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“What has influenced my life more than any other thing has been my stammer. Had I not stammered I would probably have gone to Cambridge as my brothers did, perhaps have become a don and every now and then published a dreary book about French literature.”

W. Somerset Maugham said these words.

Instead of Cambridge, “Of Human Bondage.” In spite of a stammer, “The Razor’s Edge” and “The Moon and Sixpence.”

What’s your “stammer?” What’s your “club foot?” What holds you back? In your writing? At work? School? In personal relationships? In life itself?

Disapproval? Self-doubt? Embarrassment? Self-pity or self-love? Fear? Anger? Shyness? Bitterness?

What would happen if you looked at whatever your stammer is from another angle? What if you stopped playing those same old damaging scripts in your head–those scripts that tell you you’re not good enough for this? Or too good for this?!

What if you stopped listening to and believing those negative influences in your life? What new possibilities can you see? How can it be used to your or someone else’s advantage? How could it turn your life around? How would it influence what you write? Or how you write?

What would happen if you took control? If you did it anyway…regardless?

What if you said, ‘No?’ What if you said, ‘Yes?’ What if, instead of saying “Poor me,” you said “Poor you,” then did something about it?

What if, instead of reacting in anger, you acted with kindness? Instead of self-pity, with generosity? Instead of fear, strength? What if, instead of judgement, you sought to understand?

What if you did or wrote what you wanted to instead of what you thought you should? What if, instead of standing back, saying nothing, you spoke out or wrote in support of someone or something about which you feel passionate? What if, instead of letting a wrong or cruelty or indifference slide by unchallenged, you spoke or wrote against it?

What if…?

Think about it.

Imagine it.

Practice it.

Do it.

Somerset Maugham turned the lead of his stammer into solid gold prose.

Lucky him.

Lucky us.

Lucky world.

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This is a simple demonstration on how effectively and completely everyday words can evoke emotions.

Slowly read the following list of words.

Tear

Rage

Fear

Death

Shatter

Hatred

Anger

Kill

Cold

Crash

Evil

Lies

Scream

Harsh

Maim

Horror

Darkness

Terror

Blare

Pound

Deceit

Ice

Black

Stab

Rip

Hard

Chaos

Destroy

 

How do you feel after reading this list?

Unsettled?

Disturbed?

 

Now read this second list.

Soft

Calm

Heal

Smile

Friend

Breeze

Puppy

Truth

Music

Sunshine

Trees

Green

Cuddle

Lush

Flower

Kitten

Happy

Bright

Kindness

River

Laugh

Light

Gentle

Yellow

Warmth

Love

Nuzzle

Peace

 

Notice a difference in how you feel after reading each list?

 

No fancy descriptions. No flowery adjectives.

Simple words.

One after another.

Interesting and thought-provoking, isn’t it?

Be careful of what you say. And write.

You have the power to build, to uplift, to heal, to help.

And you have to power to hurt, to cripple, to tear apart, to destroy.

It’s your choice.

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Writing

Thanks Freedom with Writing!

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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’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done.”

–Steven Wright

“I want to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.”

“I have this book in my head, but I just can’t seem to get it down on paper.”

“I wish I could write a book, but I simply don’t have the time.”

How many times have you heard someone say this or some variation?

How many times have YOU said it?

What if C.S. Lewis had said, “Oh, I  can’t write this morning. I have to sleep in. It’s Saturday.”

What if Jane Austen had said, “Sorry! Simply can’t write this morning! I really must go get my nails done.”

What if Tolstoy had made excuses as to why he couldn’t write that day? Or any day?

What if Tolkien had?

Or Catton?

Or Abbey?

Or any of your favorite writers? 

WRITING ISN’T EASY!

It take commitment.

It takes time.

It take passion.

It takes persistence.

Sometimes it takes blood,

         sweat

                      AND tears!

So if you really want to write a book, or poem, or essay, or short story, or screenplay, or

do just about ANYTHING…

Quit talking about it!

Quit making excuses!

DO IT!

And make a difference.

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