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Being a SPLURGE woman was a great experience. The Morning News chose fifteen women from Northwest Arkansas who represented the unique and noteworthy.

Take a look at the "Fab Fifteen" on the URL below. That's me on the second to last row, second from the left and happy to be a Spluge woman.

http://deacl.com/torie/SplurgeArticle/ (If this link is dead, the article has been removed)




"I try to leave out the parts that people skip."
- Elmore Leonard

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon."
- Robert Cormier

"Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush."
- Pete Murphy

"Easy reading is damn hard writing."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
- G.K. Chesterton

"The best style is the style you don't notice."
- Somerset Maugham


The November 2006 issue of Celebrate Arkansas Magazine featured my article called "The Face of Antiques in Fayetteville." I interviewed several prominent antiques dealers, received interesting quotes, and captured colorful photos.

Back issues are available from their office - www.celebratearkansas.com



Attention Writers: At a recent conference, I made a new friend. Jeff Crilley, an Emmy award winning TV reporter, speaks to writers about how to get free publicity and how to write a top notch press release - one that won't "end up on the newsroom floor."

His book gives us usable info! It's sold on Amazon.com. Click here: http://www.amazon.com


"One may know how to conquer without being able to do it."

-Sun Tzu: The Art of War

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Have you immersed yourself in writing books until you are dazed? There is no substitute for practice.

Write, write, write. Turn that "head knowledge" into experience. 


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A little Cajun humor:

What's the difference between an American zoo and a Cajun zoo?

The American zoo has animals from all over the world with signs in front of each cage offering information about the animal and the region in which it was found.

The Cajun zoo has animals from all over the world with signs in front of each cage offering information about the animal and the region in which it was found . . .  and cooking instructions for each one.

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