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Other Side of the Pen: July 25th, 2016


As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

As Opposed to What?

Here is a snark-tastic way to reduce a few excess/redundant words, and make life easier for your editors. Consider a few key phrases and then ask yourself, “As opposed to what?” While there are always exceptions where keeping all the words works better, it’s true in most cases that the excess can be removed.

You might think, “What’s the harm?” But excess words can be unwieldy to a reader and make them less inclined to want to keep reading. Trim the fat so you can really make the meat of your piece shine.

He nodded his head.
As opposed to what? He nodded his foot? “Nodded” implies head and you usually don’t need to tell the reader that.

She shrugged her shoulders.
As opposed to what? People might shrug out of a coat, but usually don’t shrug other body parts.

He pointed his finger.
Unless you specifically say they pointed with something else, people will assume the finger was what had been pointed with.

She dismounted her horse.
If you’ve already explained that your character is riding a horse, they don’t need to hear it again.

He thought to himself.
Unless there is telepathy in your book, you can presume that thoughts were to themselves and not to anyone else.

She peered her head around.
As opposed to what? What else do you usually peer with? Your toes?

He reached out his hand.
This one can be closer to fifty-fifty, but typically, like with pointing, unless you say otherwise, your reader will assume the hand was reached out with.

She blinked her eyes.

I’m not really sure you blink anything else?

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Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: July 18th, 2016


Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Connecticut on the Huffington Post

The Huffington Post did an article about “25 Reasons Why Connecticut is Basically Heaven On Earth.” While I think Heaven on Earth might be a bit of a hyperbole, they make a lot of good reasons about why CT is pretty cool. 🙂 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, and 20 are pretty much my reasons for loving the place.

CT on the Huffington Post

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From Mia’s Desk: July 12th, 2016


From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.

Good Things

I have a new story and a new anthology coming out next month! And here’s the cover! 😀

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TO BE RELEASED: 18th August 2016

GENRE: Urban Fantasy

Good things come from unexpected places…

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

Pre-Order it Now!

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The Adelheid Chronicle: July 4th, 2016


The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

Happy July 4th from Adelheid!


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