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Dark Half of the Hourglass: Daily Writing Exercise

Curved glass walls bear me down. I slip and slide, slow but relentless as I scribble, pencil in hand, and think of Alice, wonder whether she would have written all that clever stuff down instead of blabbering it if only she had a pencil in hand as she followed the rabbit. My writing makes about as much sense as her picturing herself crossing the earth and coming out at the other end to find people hanging upside down, but that does not stop me using my pencil.

What is Normal?

Normalcy has many definitions— probably as many as there are people in this world.

Recently, I heard a statement: Anything or anyone can be normal no matter how bizarre or extreme, you just have to get used to it.

In some societies female infanticide is normal, in others cannibalism used to be normal, in some societies equality between men and women is normal, in others, patriarchy. For a thief, stealing is normal, for a priest, praying is normal.

Should we define normalcy? What are its advantages? Disadvantages? Is there something that is normal for you, and is completely abnormal for someone else?

Is’ normalcy’ the name for ‘what we’re used to’? Who defines ‘normal’?

In Which the Ninja Cap’n tells you Why Critique Partners Rock!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh has been amazing blog-friend since April last year, when I met him as one of the hosts of the A To Z Challenge. We’re co-hosts this year and his warm, friendly presence has been a big source of support for me and the entire team.

He’s now coming out with a new book—CassaFire, the sequel to his first book, CassaStar. Today’s he is a guest on this blog, telling us all about critique partners and his experience with them…visit him and leave a comment during his book tour for a chance to win CassaFire, CassaStar, and a CassaFire tote bag and mug.

Blood Orchids and Growing Old

Toby’s book, Blood Orchids, is a fast-paced crime novel with a twist of romance that readers call “unputdownable!”

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei’s intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.