Author, Writer and Lover of Books

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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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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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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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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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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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.