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Pirates! The Enemy of All Mankind by Cindy Vallar

Imagine. The year is 1715.  You’ve struggled to find work for two years, ever since the war ended and the navy no longer needed your services. You’re in a port far from home, but can’t get there because you’ve no money and there aren’t enough openings on merchant ships because so many others vie for …
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Category Romance: Stories with Certainty for Uncertain Times with Michelle Karl

The world is on fire. Maybe even more on fire than it was last year at the same time… and when I sat down to write a post about category romance and comfort reading last summer, it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse. This morning I woke up to a report of a mass …
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“To be, or not to be, that is the question” by Cindy Vallar

Who does not recognize Hamlet’s famous soliloquy? Perhaps, when William Shakespeare penned those words, he didn’t realize that related not only to the prince of Denmark’s wondering whether to live or die, but also to writers. Should we or should we not use the verb “to be” in our writing? Forsooth, there’s nothing wrong with …