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Sheila is a fiction writer, essayist, and author of the Cow Pasture Chronicles, a blog dedicated to the art of writing. For more information on her publications, visit her website.

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Stories To Share | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

As writers, we want to know our stories are being read and enjoyed by others. We love to see a comment or even a “like.”

For me, short stories are an excellent way to unwind and learn about the craft. When I come across one I find particularly engaging, I like to share it – pay it forward.

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How Much Do You Know about Memorial Day? | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Today is Memorial Day. Many of us will spend it on the nearest lake, with friends and family, or attend an event. We look forward to the day, as with many US Holidays it gives us a day off from the grind of work. We know it’s a time to say thanks to those who have fought for our freedoms but do we really understand?

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Another Great Tool for Writers | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

We’ve all used Google maps to get from point A to point B, but have you ever considered using it as a writing research tool?

Neither had I, until reading the guest post on Writer Unboxed by Camille Di Maio.

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A Tribute to Mothers | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

It seems like only yesterday I was up every two hours feeding, diapering, and trying to coax by babies to sleep. Aww, those were the days! Who needed sleep?

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Trying Something New | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

I’m excited to announce the Cow Pasture Chronicles monthly newsletter for my email subscribers. Time is an important commodity these days, and this is my way of making it easier for you.

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Tidbits and Nuggets for Writers | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

The blogosphere holds a wealth of information available to writers at all levels. If you’re like me, half of the GB’s on your computer are taken up by saved bookmarks and links.

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Platitudes on Aging and Other Annoying Things | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

I hate platitudes. You know those annoying statements people say to make you feel better about a situation. I come from a line of women who live long lives, into their eighties and nineties. Based on that kind of lineage, I anticipate a long life too. I’d prefer to be one of those women who age gracefully (whatever the heck that means).

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Books That Stay With You | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Usually, I post my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. You can find them easy enough by clicking on the tab at the top of this page. However, once in a while a book comes along that deserves a stand-out review.

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April Fools’ Day | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

“Here cometh April again, and as far as I can see the world hath more fools in it than ever. – Charles Lamb, cited in Wordsworth Book of Humorous Quotations.”

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25 Years and Counting | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

From the moment I met my husband, more than thirty years ago, I knew he was the one. Both single parents, we took our time before blending our families.
Twenty-five years ago today, I married the love of my life.

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You Are Your Words | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Ever wondered about the faces behind your favorite blogs? Who are they, really?

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May the Road Rise Up to Meet You | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

“May the Road Rise Up to Meet You, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face...

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Words Worth Repeating | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Don’t you love words of inspiration? Whether profound words from the world’s greatest philosophers, spiritual leaders, friends, or family – words move us.

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What “Nashville” Can Teach Us about Writing | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Someone told me once I began writing, I’d never be able to sit through a movie or television drama without dissecting the plot. They were right.

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I Am Not The Suitcase Killer | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

What we read on the web is not always as it seems. I Am Not The Suitcase Killer | COW PASTURE CHRONICL...