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  1. Dear Jacqui, I must set a timer before visiting this blog to stay on task. With such a wealth of prompts, indispensable information and eye candy, I spent over an hour here on my first visit. You seem to have accomplished all my childhood targets. Signed, your newest fan, Roo.

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  2. Hi Jacqui, I haven’t commented or contacted you before but I am a subscriber who’ve been following your fantastic blog for many years. It has been tremendously informative and instructive in my writing. Anyway I recently launched a website and blog for my novels and I’ve included a page on Featured sites I find useful in my own writing, publishing and marketing. Just wanted to make you aware your blog is featured. You can see it here: http://www.bequiamysteries.com/blog/?p=355. Thank you for the years of tips.

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    • Thanks for your kind words, Michael. And good luck with your new blog. You’re going to discover you get a lot out of it. No small part, the community that starts to grow around you, based on your voice…

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  4. Hi Jacqui
    yep lonely is the word. I have been writing my childrens novel now for about 6 months. The overabundance of negativity that I read and see about publishing and agents leaves me a bit cold. Will a good story be looked at if you are not a celebrity or already published. I believe I have a very good story, at 25000 words now and would like to get to about 40-45000 before polishing and looking for an agent. Please tell me its worth it…Mike

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    • Unequivocally worth it. But you have to be prepared to do a lot after you think you’re done (with the writing part). You have to market, sell, spread the good word. It works. I promise you. I’ll have a post out in about a month about what I do every day, relentlessly, to push my writing. Thanks to that, I can pay my bills and pursue a job I love. Can we ask more?

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  5. I am currently learning Dramatica Theory and trying to incorporate it into my WIP. Are you familiar with this theory and if so what is your opinion on it?

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  6. Yes, we’re happy with your happiness. And yes, this is what modern technologies can do for you those who have got the heart and head for it. Arun

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  7. My husband is in the Sec Nav’s office in the Pentagon. He flew Prowlers after he graduated, and then moved to a desk job a few years back. He handles networking and communications.

    I love my Mids – I cannot imagine not being a sponsor! They are such a wonderful addition to our family, a great inspiration to our kids, and so much fun to be around! Where is your daughter at in DC? You will have to let me know when you are in the area to visit…we can get together for coffee.

    I will check out the USNA blog, as well.

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    • She’s at the NSA–Ft. Meade. She’s having a great time visiting all the seats of power in DC, including the Pentagon. My daughter is a loud personality so if your husband runs into ‘Meaghan Murray’, ask him to be patient with her!

      I am planning a visit as soon as Meag gets well settled. I’ve subscribed to your blog so I can keep track of you (I also added you to my G+). You and your husband look so happy.

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  8. Hi Jacqui,
    Just came across your blog, and really enjoy it. I am currently living in Annapolis, finishing a mystery/thriller. My husband is a CDR in the Navy, and a ’90 grad of the “Boat School.” I am also the sponsor Mom to (last time I counted) 10 Mids, and unofficially to all their friends – and I think 24th company. Ha!

    I just started a blog, and am still learning how to use it effectively. If you would like to check it out: http://sparkzoflight.blogspot.com.

    Leanne Sparks

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    • What a coincidence. My daughter went to USNA, now a LT in the Navy. She adored her sponsor family. You guys are so wonderful. Don’t know how you do it. Where is your husband now? My daughter’s back in DC. So far, but we talk constantly.

      I just checked out your blog. Great start, Leanne! I have another blog about USNA (http://usnaorbust.wordpress.com). Feel free to drop by.

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  9. I have a techy question for you. I use a MAC and I use a Word program specially designed for MAC. The normal Word programs have a means to embed fonts into a document so they carry through the publishing process, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out how to do that with a MAC. Is there a way or am I just out of luck?

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  10. I have a question about copyright. I have researched it but it’s still unclear what’s acceptable and what’s not. If I mention a well known person in my novel do I need permission to do that? And if I make a reference to a song without saying who the artist is, do I need permission to that as well? It seems to be a grey area and I want to make sure it’s acceptable before I continue.
    Thanks in advance.

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  11. Yes Excel has those text areas but hard to manage. The Story Lite & Turbo apps are freely expandable, ands export in a lot of formats. Incidentally the iPad version is out in January, perhaps you or your friends might want to trial run it? Feedback is always useful!

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  12. Yes a writer’s group is a good idea, although watch out for incomprehension if you try anything unusual.Because a lot of new writers follow the rules – which is not the best idea. Then again, sales beckon that way.

    btw there is now a new version of the writing app I make, Story Lite, which is at

    http://www.storylite.com

    Story Turbo app with images mentioned up above is going in the direction of graphic novles, comics, etc; Story Lite has no image import and is more popular with writers, who might not want distractions…

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    • Hi Geoff

      I’ve logged onto Story Lite homepage. I’m still not very sure how it will help me as a writer. Is Story Lite an add-on software to MS Office or a standalone package that includes MS Office.

      Please can you give me an idiot’s guide Story Lite and what specific ways it will help my writing. Best wishes. Arun

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  13. No, you haven’t opened this page for over a month now. I forgive you for doing your motherly duties to your daughter [without being lost on the motorway] and for my gratitude to you for your lessons on writing skills that have changed, over a short period of time, my writing skills.

    I’ve two questions for you : 1. If I set up a writing ideas blog for my local Writers Circle in London, would you be kind enough to post your Writing Tips etc onto that blog? 2. I will have 3 chapters of a possible book [roughly 2,500 words per chapter] that need motherly care and discipline. Would you or anyone you know can edit and comment on each chapter as my English is not upto the standard? Best. Arun

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    • Hi Arun

      My apologies! Somehow I missed your kind comment. Of course–you can syndicate my Writer’s Tip column to your blog. WordPress makes it easy with the reblog button. Are you going to use WordPress?

      I do edit books for people, but it is so time consuming, I must charge far more than it’s worth. I think an online writer’s group might be a better choice, where members help each other. If you were here in CA, you could join my writer’s group and I know we’d take good care of you.

      Let me know when you get your blog up and running!

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      • Hi Jacqui
        No need to apologise – mine was just a ‘teasing’ [we people do a lot of it]. Thank you for the tip and will come back to you once my blog is up and running.

        Would love to join your writing group if it were in London and not in CA. I haven’t completed my novel yet but I desperately want some comments on the chapters that I write – even at a cost.
        Best wises. Arun

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  14. On a Personal Note : Oh my. The more I read [I’m new to your web world] your old and not so old entries on your blog and your personal-professional-family life the more I bow my head to your multi-tasking involvement and achievements. My old head also sends out depressing thoughts to my mind, ‘with so little calibre I don’t have a chance to be a successful writer’ [I know it’s a negative thought that I shouldn’t have]. How come you can do/achieve so much being a mother, a wife, a teacher, an author, an editor and, and and being on the spot all the time [check your blog everyday! I join your family and fans and admire what you’ve achieved and what you do and how you it. I’m glad I accidentally ‘discovered’ you through the web. One day I will swim across the pond [and if I’m in trouble your Naval Officer children can help me] and meet you to pay my respect face-to-face. Best. Arun

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  15. Hi Jacqui,
    Just a quick note to let you know that the last of your postings re: the muse
    are not linked for the comments and the continuance of the story. The muse usually doesn’t get mixed up with the editor, which is what it sounds like is happening. The muse is inspirational and doesn’t generally get involved in critique. It leaves that to the editor, which is usually left-brained if you happen to have right handed dominance wiring. Have you tried out Geoff’s
    Turbo Story or Story Lite yet? I ordered the Turbo Story and it’s pure fun.
    Yours, Grant

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    • I goofed–published that ahead of schedule. I think I have it down. I thought it was up only briefly–did it go out to my subscriber list? Rats! Here’s my challenge: to copy this comment and post it when I post the article. Will I remember?

      Thanks for the thoughts.

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  16. Hi Jacqui
    I am that dad. Not so young though!😎
    The software I designed as I was making stories with images. The new version with images Story Turbo (Win/Mac) is at

    http://www.storyturbo.com

    for people that want a link. It has loads of genuine testimonials, It is under the radar at the moment as it is a small project. Thanks, Geoff

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    • I just popped over and it looks brilliant. Marketing when you’re small is difficult–I wish you the best of luck. My brain is working, see if there’s a non-commercial guest post you could do for me… I may email you.

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      • Story Turbo: I have taught dtp, graphics etc before to Foundation and Uni students so have some teaching experience if that is relevant to a blog. In fact I might be doing a free academic license soon. Story Lite (free version) does really well, Turbo is pay-for, as loads of development so far; but no one pays these days, so is tougher than it was pre-web2, iPad etc. Conundrum!
        Pls don’t publish this comment as the academic license is not for definate yet and might only be places I know people.

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  17. Dear Jacqui,
    I enjoy your blog tremendously. I want to give you a tip on an Amazing piece of software that I’ve come across and used. A young dad with two kids has put this together and I think you’ll be as nuts about it as I am. Google “Story Lite” or “Turbo Story” to find the site. Turbo Story is the newest version which Geoff Davis has just released which handles pictures. The Story Lite version is free and is a scale-able series of boxes (which you can delete or add to as you see fit.)
    I have no vested interest in this, except as a writer who loves extraordinary software. I have just order the picture version of this because I hope to use illustrations in my books and this fills the bill ! Let me know if you find it as crazy good as I do, I think you’ll love it. I’ve found nothing to match it anywhere! Yours, Grant Crawford

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  18. You’re the absolute best, woman! I appreciate it so much-I bought and began using this computer, any computer 4 years ago, so I’ve yet much to learn!
    Thanx a billion,
    L

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  19. Hi Jacqui,
    Me again! How did you manage to have the ‘button’ on this site for sharing submissions? I’ve read through all the WordPrss support information and I know I’m missing something.
    I’d really appreciate your help!
    Thanks,
    Laurel

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  20. Hi Jacqui-
    I’m not sure if I’ve done the adding of submissions properly, but I’m trying. Need a theme that supports submissions, like yours. Maybe I’ll just steal this one-would that be okay with you?
    Also, I’m trying to invite you to submit, and need your email address. Can you email me and tell me? I’d like to add you to my contact list on Hotmail.
    I appreciate everything you’ve been teaching me!
    Thanks,
    Laurel
    PS: My email is up in my first comment above.

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  21. I’d love for you to review my novel, Wings of Hope. I will gift you a copy on Amazon, if you are interested. Here’s my information:

    Summary of the book: The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.

    Author biography: Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn’t occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

    I can be reached at hillary.e.peak@gmail.com

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    • I wish I could, Hillary. It sounds like a great book. I am working on edits for my agent, deadline looming. As a result, I’ve backlogged several books. I don’t think I’ll get out from under till mid-summer. Good luck to you!

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  22. Hi Jacqui, My name is Ed, I loooove your pictures, I wonder if can I use them for a website site that Im doing for a friend of mine, pleeeeease, thank you

    p/s: your blog is great, Im researching about how bad is the pet food ingredients and is disgusting all the stuff they are putting in dogs food, thank you again!

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  23. Hi Jacqui,
    I found you through a mutual contact.
    You look wicked busy, but I’m wondering if you’d be interested in reviewing my novel. “Bella” in a nutshell:
    Isabel Moss knew she could lose her husband when he went off to war.
    When the call came, she was almost ready.
    What stopped her cold was the second call…
    I have a good trailer at http://www.getbella.com if you’d like to learn a little more.
    Thanks for your consideration,
    Steve

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    • Hi Steve

      Sounds like a great book–I love the trailer. Very professional.

      I just received a long list of edits from my agent and will have to finish those before I take on new projects. Good luck with this project!

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  24. Morning, Jacqui,

    I have a question to ask of you on your WordDreams blog.
    I just completed a letter of recommendation for a student applying to a university.
    It’s an online application, a great idea because it will get there immediately
    and without envelope search, postage, etc.
    But it asked for a signature. I have no idea how to “sign” anything on a computer.
    On top of that, I couldn’t even figure out how to print the application so I could do an old fashioned ink signature and send by snail mail. The application covered the entire screen including my command line. I guess I could have tried Control P, but at about 1 AM, I was too tired to take potentially frustrating risks.
    If I started taking all the computer courses I should take in order to be computer efficient, I’d have to give up the rest of my life. Ah, but there’s YOU!
    Thanks for this blog.

    Be well,
    Shari Pratt

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  25. Hi Ms. Murray,
    Your site fell into my computer, so to speak, as I searched for other materials. My students read at high levels (name your favorite leveling system), and they struggle to find appropriate materials for their ages. It may sound silly, but I love writing now. No I didn’t always. When I have to stop teaching, I want to write with fun and obstacles for kids like my students. Can you point me in a direction to begin? My apologies for asking a question you must be tired of!

    Oh and as a Tech Teacher, do you work with SmartBoards? We’ve managed to get a smattering of them. I hope to get the kids designing the lessons soon.
    Susan

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  26. Jacqui,

    I am the mom of a c/c at Mass Maritime Academy. He is half-way through orientation. With no contact with my son, how do you stay ‘together’ during this time? Especially with a hurricane barreling down. I assume your daughter went through this for the Navy?

    Kate

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    • You learn to trust. The military takes very good care of these kids. I’ve heard wonderful stories of kids who had medical issues and parents were informed every step of the way. The hard thing to accept is that in the eyes of these military academies, our children are adults. They’re treated that way and the involvement of the parent is as an interested separate adult, not a ‘parent’ with say in the process.

      Irene is worrisome, but your son will be fine. The year before my daughter got to the Naval Academy, some big hurricane passed through (I forgot the name). Wrought tremendous damage to the Yard, but all the Mids were healthy and happy with funny stories to share.

      Good luck on your adventure! There is no time like what you will see the next few years.

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  27. Hi, Jacqui –

    Just found your Blog, through one of your Book Blog comments, and I know I will be back here! You have more fascinating blog posts than I think I will ever have! How long have you been blogging?

    My blog is only about 5 – 6 weeks old. The intention was a Book Review Blog, but I have also posted on other topics.

    I look forward to future emails from you.

    Patricia
    http://thejoyofthewrittenword.wordpress.com/

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  28. Good afternoon,

    I am currently a ninth grade student living in Cary, North Carolina. I have made it my goal to attend the Naval Academy, once I have graduated high school. Fortunately, I go to a very prestigious high school which should help me in my quest, however, I am not sure the steps I should take. My question is what should I do now as far as contacting the congressman, blue and gold officer etc. To be honest I do not know what a blue and gold officer is. What do you suggest I do now? Physically and scholastically I will reach the requirements, but I’m not sure who I should contact now or what I need to make sure I have completed.

    Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to help me,
    John Guerra

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    • Freshman year is a perfect time to start planning for the Naval Academy. They are quite demanding in their requirements so if you wait much longer, you won’t have time to get everything done. The best way to start the process is to attend a local Academy Night. They will give you an overview of all the military academies and have the B&G officer as well as those for the other schools in attendance. I highly recommend you introduce yourself, let them know your goal and that you’re ready to get started. I can tell you if you are not afraid of working hard for your goal, you have an excellent chance of making it. Visit my blog, USNA or Bust, for lots of insights. My daughter was you ten years ago and my son, eight.

      Good luck. Let me know how you’re doing.

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  29. Google Street View comes with Google Earth (click the button on the left for it under layers) or on Google Maps. It gives such great detail for settings, you will sound to your readers like you’ve been there. They’ve even added hiking trails.

    Good luck!

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  30. My novel is set in NYC also. I went into Google Street View and cruised down the roads that my characters drove, went right by my protagonist’s apartment. It allowed me to add amazing detail to the story.

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  31. I don’t know how familiar you are with the cartoon Gargoyles but I need description setting ideas for New York City which is where the series takes place.

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  32. I’d be more than happy to. It sounds like the sort of book that’s perfect for this blog. If you’d like to do a guest blog spot on that sort of fascinating word, I can arrange that, too. Just let me know.

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  33. Dear Sir

    I wondered if you might like a mutual link to my English word website or press release details of my ensuing book with Penguin Press on amusing and interesting English vocabulary?

    http://www.thewonderofwhiffling.com

    with best wishes

    Adam Jacot de Boinod

    (author of The Meaning of Tingo)

    (www.themeaningoftingo.com)

    adamjacot@fastmail.co.uk

    or wish to include:

    The Wonder of Whiffling is a tour of English around the globe (with fine coinages from our English-speaking cousins across the pond, Down Under and elsewhere).

    Discover all sorts of words you’ve always wished existed but never knew, such as fornale, to spend one’s money before it has been earned; cagg, a solemn vow or resolution not to get drunk for a certain time; and petrichor, the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a dry spell.

    Discover why it is you wouldn’t want to have dinner with a vice admiral of the narrow seas, why Jacobites toasted the little gentleman in black velvet, and why a Nottingham Goodnight is better than one from anywhere else

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  34. Sounds fun. I checked your blog. You sound happy, accepting, cheerful, despite the problems you mention. My kind of gal.

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    • worddreams,
      Sorry I’ve been so lax in my entries. I’m writing now on HubPages.com and rarely check my WordPress account. I must admit much of the problem is that I honestly don’t know how to use it…widgets and akismet and all of that are just Greek to me. But I saw that you had visited, and felt I owed you an explanation.
      Do check out HubPages-I’ve really been enjoying this writing site.
      Oh, and if you want it, I have a new email accout-laurel.6@hotmail.com. My old one was ‘Phished’ around 2 weeks ago, and I bit!!!😦
      Anyhow, I just wanted to get in touch.
      Take good care!
      Laurel

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