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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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Another Look at Commas | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Commas are the bane of my writing existence. It’s amazing how one tiny, squiggly, thingamajig (okay, punctuation mark) can create such havoc. If you don’t believe me consider the following:

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Opening Lines- The Good, Bad, and Ugly | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Aw, the elusive, perfect opening line. It’s the most important line of your book. If you can’t grab the reader’s interest from the beginning, all the gnashing of teeth, hair pulling, and hard work will have been time wasted; much like watching the news.

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Spicy Language | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Spicy Language | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

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The Heavy Weight of Perfectionism | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

My name is Sheila, and I am a perfectionist.

The experts say this personality trait comes from one’s childhood. For me, that’s probably true. My mom, God rest her soul, taught me, from an early age, to do things right the first time. Or, do it over until I could do it right the first time.

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I Can’t See a Damn Thing in This Fog | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Daily Post Prompt: Foggy
Crystal pulled her glasses off for the third time and cleaned them. She tried lens wipes, spray, Windex, and soap and water; which left the worst film ever.

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Thank God We’ve Evolved | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

DAILY PROMPT: Toothbrush
I can remember as a child, my mother quizzing me, “Did you brush your teeth?” Twice a day and nothing less was the rule in our house.

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Maybe Next Time is Live | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

After what feels like nine months of labor - my short story collection is here!

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Tips for Writing Dialogue and Getting it Right | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Writing dialogue is one of the most challenging skills for writers to learn. Conversations dominate our lives on a day-to-day basis, but we rarely, if ever, focus on the tone, rhythm, or body language when engaged.

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Not the Headline I Had in Mind | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Of all the places I thought I might meet my demise, locked inside a chicken coop, in 90-degree weather, was NOT on my list of ways to meet my maker.

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Catch Mistakes Before You Submit | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Have you ever submitted a story or article only to discover later, mistakes you missed?

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It’s Almost Here! | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

It’s Almost Here! | My first short story collection - Maybe Next Time!

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Which Comes First? | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Which comes first? No, not the chick or the egg debate; although, I’m certain it’s a fascinating subject.images-3 I’m talking about craft versus platform. As a writer, I’m sure you read as many articles as I on the importance of having a healthy and engaging platform. After all, if no one knows you’re a writer, why would anyone be interested in reading your stories or books.

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Happy Father’s Day | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Today, whether you are a son or daughter, we celebrate the first man in our lives.

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Writing Your Memoir | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Whether it’s one of those significant, life-altering events, stories of adventure and excitement, or a life well-lived, many people want to share their personal story. Reasons for writing a memoir are as numerous and individual as the people writing the stories, but knowing where to begin and how to organize memories into a workable page-turner can be a bit daunting.

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News and A Special Offer from the Cow Pasture! | COW PASTURE CHRONICLES

Good News from Cow Pasture Chronicles!
One Hundred Voices Volume Three is now available for pre-order in a limited edition hardcover format from Centum Press.